I completely agree with people who say that Hillary Clinton has been the object of some pretty vile sexism during this campaign. (The mere existence of Chris Matthews ensures that that is true. Speaking of which, check this out: "When an aide screwed up the teleprompter years ago, he shouted at her, "I'm not some rape victim who's going to sit here and take it!"" As a victim of attempted rape, all I have to say is: fnck you too, Chris Matthews.) I do not myself think this is a reason to vote for Clinton, any more than I think that sympathy for the plight of an underachieving member of an overachieving family was a reason to vote for George W. Bush. (It would be different if the attacks had been coming from Obama: then they would be a reason to vote against him. But they haven't.) Voting for President should be about who you think will do the best job, not about who has been the victim of the most awful attacks. But the attacks have certainly been out there, they have at times been vile, and both as a feminist and as a human being, I find them revolting.
However, I really don't think that this is one of them:
"I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she's feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal."
BTD, predictably, thinks that Obama should apologize for his "sexist remarks". Taylor Marsh wonders: "Where do these guys get off spewing this crap?" One of her commenters wonders: "Can we get any more obvious about what was intended without actually simply saying it directly?" To which I can only answer: yes.
Lambert at Corrente:
"’Cause you know how women are….
Driven by feelings…. Worried about their [sex] appeal… Prone to tears… The whole phases of the moon thing…
And did you catch the dogwhistle in “periodically”?"
Um: no, I didn't, any more than I thought he was trying to subvert the idea that women are no good at science by slipping in a sly allusion to the Periodic Table.
When Tucker Carlson said, about Clinton, that "there's just something about her that feels castrating, overbearing, and scary", or "I have often said, when she comes on television, I involuntarily cross my legs", that's sexist. Pretty much whenever Chris Matthews opens his mouth, it's sexist. It's sexist when Rush Limbaugh says things like this:
"My favorite name for her is Nurse Ratched. I mean, we created this whole concept of a testicle lockbox in connection with Mrs. Clinton. I mean, she has that kind of appeal to people. She's -- you fill in the blanks here."
But what Obama said is not sexist. And it demeans every serious complaint about sexism to suggest that it is.