Today on MSNBC, Carly Fiorina said that this weekend’s Saturday Night Live skit that portrayed Hillary Clinton as substantial and Sarah Palin as a moron was a “sexist” skit. How in the hell is that sexism? Ms. Fiorina – what credibility you had with me is out the window. What this really does is illustrate the McCain campaign’s clumsy strategy of dismissing any criticism of Palin as “sexist”.
So, let’s talk about true sexism.
What is truly sexist is gender tokenism – you know, picking a female for your running mate whom, had she been male, would never even have been considered – not even as a joke. Now that‘s sexism.
You know what else is sexist, Ms. Fiorina? Decrying anything that points out Palin’s weaknesses as “sexist” merely because it attacks a female. Do women need special protection from criticism? A sort of affirmative action for chicks? A criticism-free zone for all those who have a vagina? I mean, if you want to move our society away from real sexism, then let’s agree that men and women must stand on their merits and may be critiqued on their merits. If you are an intellectual and geopolitical midget – as Governor Palin is – then it doesn’t matter if you are Samuel Palin or Sarah Palin. The fact remains.
When Joe Biden is criticized, how credibly could he claim it was sexism? “Hey, if I were a woman, you wouldn’t be attacking me like this.” Hmm… these days that sorta makes sense. Or perhaps Obama might begin responding to every McCain critique as “racist.”
Please explain to us, Carly Fiorina, how it’s sexist to portray one woman as substantial and the other as a nimwit? And while we’re at it, would some of you American women please explain to us why his choice of a female running mate has increased your affection for the McCain ticket? It’s just a girl power thing, or what?
Are we a serious nation?