During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin referred to Madeleine Albright's somewhat well-known saying, found on a Starbucks coffee cup, that "There's a special place in Hell for women who don't help other women." At the time, Albright, who served as Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, huffed: "Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics." She naturally followed that statement with an intense political attack on Palin and GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
Now that Democrat Hillary Clinton is running for president and is in danger of losing the New Hampshire primary by a substantial margin, Albright has decided that her statement has everything to do with politics, and that women who don't support Mrs. Clinton's candidacy and vote for her deserve that "special place in Hell."
Full context is in the following report by John McCormack at the Weekly Standard (bolds are mine througout this post):
Albright at Clinton Rally: 'Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don't Help Each Other'
At a rally before a few hundred people on Saturday, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright suggested that women who vote for Bernie Sanders are buying a one-way ticket to “a special place in Hell."
"There are some that are out there that don't understand the importance of why young women have to support Hillary Clinton," Albright said as she stood next to Hillary Clinton inside the gymnasium of Rundlett Middle School. "The story is not over. They are going to want to push us back. Appointments to the Supreme Court make all the difference."
"We tell our story about how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women don't think you have to—it's been done. It's not done," Albright continued. "And you have to help Hillary Clinton—[she] will always be there for you. And just remember, there's a special place in Hell for women who don't help each other."
Albright's scolding of young women came less than a week after voters under the age of 30 backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a staggering 70-point margin—84 percent to 14 percent. The Iowa caucus entrance poll didn't break down results by both age and gender, but the topline number indicates Sanders must have carried young female voters in Iowa by a hefty margin.
Those female Sanders supporters are all apparently headed for that "special place in Hell." At least Granite State women still have a chance to save their eternal souls by changing their minds and voting for Hillary.
When Albright criticized Palin, she chided her for using "support" instead of "help" as she quoted her statement. But as seen above, Albright now says that "support" of Hillary Clinton is what avoiding that "special place in Hell" is all about.
Here's another famous saying, actually a proverb, which appears to fit the situation quite nicely: "Desperate times require desperate measures."
The related video is extremely revealing:
We can all — we can tell our story about how we climbed the ladder. And a lot of you younger women don't think you have to — it's been done. It's not done, and you have to help. Hillary Clinton will always be there for you.
And just remember, there's a special place in Hell for women who don't help each other.
Clearly, Mrs. Clinton thought that what Albright said was funny as, well, hell.
There's not enough space here to discuss all of the female targets of Bill Clinton's libido and his acts of harassment and sexual violence for whom Hillary Clinton was most certainly not there.
To the Associated Press's credit, their running timeline (2:40 p.m.) on final weekend pre-primary developments quoted Albright's "special place in hell" sentence. I suspect that the quote won't appear at any other AP story.
The Iowa caucus results suggest that most women other than the "few hundred" present at the Clinton appearance — a "few hundred," on the Saturday before the nation's first presidential primary? Are you kidding? — strongly disagree with Albright, and find absolutely no humor in her remark.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.