By Dave Andrusko
This was going to be the final post for Friday but I ran out of time. It was scheduled to be the last post today and will be shoehorned in it because what it says is a precursor of what we can expect if, as is widely expected, pro-abortion Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee.
Spoiler alert. My conclusion is there is virtually nothing any candidate can say that even mildly disagrees with the former Secretary of State that her campaign won’t scream is clear-cut evidence of “sexism. Come to think of it, you don’t have to say anything critical: the Clinton team will take the mildest comments and offer them as reason to jump to DEFCON One.
The evidence this time is courtesy of her only substantive rival: the hapless Democratic Socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Here’s the lead from a story in POLITICO written by Annie Karni:
The once respectful Democratic primary has devolved into a slugfest about gender, with Hillary Clinton surrogates expressing outrage over how Bernie Sanders is conducting his campaign – even calling for him to fire his staff over alleged sexist remarks.
Sounds pretty ominous. What did old Bernie do to incur the wrath of the Clinton fundraisers?
According to Christine Quinn, “the former New York City Council speaker who sits on Clinton’s New York Leadership Council and fundraises for her campaign,” she was “stunned that a man like Bernie Sanders, who has clearly committed his life to making the country a better place, would get sucked into this very dangerous rhetoric, which perpetuates sexist and misogynistic stereotypes.”
One more time. What sexist words escaped Sanders’ mouth? (And I am not–repeat not–making the following up):
Quinn, who ran for New York City mayor in 2013, said a recent Bloomberg Politics story that quoted Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver joking that “we’re willing to consider her for vice president…we’ll even interview her” was beyond the pale.
“Seriously? Seriously? The absurdity of that statement almost merits no response. How arrogant and sexist can you be? It’s not OK to let people with a long progressive record get away with being sexist.”
Huh? He is running against Clinton, right? Is he supposed to just hand her the keys to the nomination and, with a spare key, lock even the remotest hint of humor in the closet?
But it turns out there is history, or herstory, to this pretend slam.
Sanders’ predicament [really?] has its roots in the first Democratic debate earlier this month, when the Vermont senator said “all the shouting in the world” won’t fix the country’s systemic problem with gun violence — a comment Clinton and her allies have since interpreted as an implicitly sexist filleting of the former secretary of state.
Where in the name of non-sequiturs did that come from?
But the funniest example of faux anger–and I did, honestly, laugh out loud when I read it–came a couple of paragraphs later:
The episode led Clinton’s allies to publicly leap to her defense, while also quietly predicting the wide gender gap between the candidates will only spread in Clinton’s favor the more she looks like a strong woman under attack by a male opponent.
Let me see if I get this straight. This “strong woman” hides behind surrogates–political hacks such as Quinn and the communications director from EMILY’s List, which ONLY supports militantly pro-abortion female Democrats–and conjures up a wholly imaginary “attack” from a guy who did his best at the first debate to defuse the question of Clinton’s highly controversial use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State?
You cannot–cannot–make this stuff up.