Of course, none of these fools can recall the sexist stuff Sarah Palin went through:
It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski issued on Monday what might be the most full-throated attack on Hillary Clinton’s opponents yet over what she considered their appeals to misogyny and sexism.RELATED: Mika Begs ‘Misogynistic Sexist’ Republicans to Keep Going After Hillary Over Lewinsky Affair
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently embarked on a campaign designed to make Democrats think twice about labeling Republican opposition to late-term abortions and contraception coverage mandates as offensives in the “War on Women.” Paul noted that the party attacking the GOP also lionizes a man who engaged in sexual activity with a subordinate in the workplace. The mere mention of this incontrovertible fact has worked Clinton’s supporters up into a fury.
“Any Republican who is dredging this up is a misogynistic sexist hypocrite,” Brzezinski declared, “because if Bill Clinton can win again with all of these problems, and Hillary Clinton, they can bring down because of this, and they think they can each go after it, they are clueless, and they are complete sexists because it’s not even her affair.”
No one said it was, but the new rules being applied to the vetting of a potential presidential candidate and his/her spouse is instructive. One imagines Ann Romney would have appreciated Brzezinski coming to her defense when she was mocked for riding a horse as a therapeutic regimen to alleviate symptoms associated with her multiple sclerosis. That segment is nowhere to be found, but Brzezinski and her co-host did enjoy a good laugh at Mrs. Romney’s expense on occasion, once while repeatedly alluding to her husband’s phallus.
But back to Republicans and their overt sexism.
Brzezinski is not the first to attempt to brand the final years of the Clinton presidency off-limits. In a staggering CNN segment last week, anchor Michaela Pereira dismissed the talk of Clinton’s reaction to the Lewinsky affair as both old news and suspiciously prejudiced.
“Some would argue, it takes two to tango,” she said when discussing Paul’s charge that Bill Clinton used his power to take advantage of an intern in the workplace. “There is a reason we do not have ‘take your spouse to work day’ in America,’” Newsday columnist Ellis Henican agreed.
The Clinton presidency is not the only part of Hillary Clinton’s past deemed unsuitable for public discourse. In January, news broke that Clinton’s 2008 campaign maintained an “enemies list” of former allies who had betrayed her and backed Obama for the nomination. Even the mere mention of this story was deemed sexist.
“There’s a gender element here,” said University of Texas professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. “If a guy has a list of people he’s not too keen on, no big deal, but if a woman does, then that is a big deal and it becomes juicy.”
To discuss Clinton like she was any other politician, and not just a female politician, is now defined as sexist. DeFrancesco Soto’s critique would be poignant if she could point to an instance where a male politician maintaining an “enemies list” was dismissed as commonplace. But exacting political retribution against ideological opponents has never been shrugged off as just something boys are wont to do.