It’s an iconic moment that gave Hillary 70 headlines and a way to position herself as a pioneering feminist who had to fight her way to the top over the backs of evil male opposition.

The WaPost proclaims:

A Woman President? Not for Clinton Hecklers.

The Boston Globe notes:

MSNBC proclaims:

The NYT has the convenient photo, 

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

It was a great photo op for Hillary, whose candidacy has been fading behind Obama’s smile. And of course she has a snappy come back for the protest

Clinton, a former first lady running to become the United States’ first female president, laughed at the seemingly sexist protest that suggested a woman’s place is doing laundry and not running the country.

“Ah, the remnants of sexism — alive and well,” Clinton said to applause.

The two men were removed from the auditorium after raising a pair of signs that said, “Iron my shirt!” They also shouted the slogan.

“Can we turn the lights on? It’s awfully dark,” Clinton said, cueing police to come forward and take the men away.

Yet something doesn’t smell right about the protest.

Do you mean that security was so lax that two young men carrying such large signs, even signs that are folded up, managed to sneak them into a rally of hand picked Hillary Supporters?

When the man stood up shouting, where were the security guards? None on or near the stage?  The guy is about twelve feet from the candidate–he could have killed her easily at that distance.

And why did the candidate tell the technicians to turn on the lights? Doesn’t she have a stage manager to do that? Indeed, wouldn’t that put her in more danger if the men decided to throw paint or bombs?

The press seems to have accepted the protest at face value. So far the protesters, or those who hired them, have  been identified.

Yet what’s the stuff about ironing shirts? To me, this is the most important clue that the protest was a plant…and probably staged by someone who supports Clinton’s candidacy.
You see, although the NYTimes comment pages point fingers at the right, the truth is that the right hates Hillary because she is a leftist, not because she is a woman. Rush Limbaugh and Freepers don’t have any problem with women like Margaret Thatcher or Condi Rice, for example. If they protested her, they’d call her Hitlery, or make remarks about Bill’s libido.

The left however hates her failure to vote against the war in Iraq. I myself would suspect Code Pink who stage similar protests all the time– except that they usually use women, and are not dumb enough to use a lame sexist smear that will end up boosting Hillary’s candidacy.

But the main reason I believe it is a plant is that it ignores modern fabrics.

You see, the protesters were young men…..and although boomers who grew up in the 1950’s and early 1960’s may have seen their mother iron shirts, one doubts anyone under the age of 40 has seen such a sight.

It’s called “no iron fabric”. You wash the shirt, take it out warm, hang it up, and voila: ready to wear.

And that’s assuming you wear dress shirts, not tee shirts or polo shirts.

In other words, the idea that women ironed shirts is just not part of the culture of the young.. It is part of the culture of baby boomers. Which suggests the men were hired by someone above age 50, probably a woman.
Only Fox News managed to point out, the “Iron my shirt” signs have appeared in previous protests: Carried by feminists


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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