The Sexism Card
by spacemanspiff, Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 05:54:17 PM EDT
Not much of a diary but more of a general question which I'm sure will bring up debate. With this choice, McCain is obviously pandering to the former Hillary Clinton supporters. If he reaches them or not is entirely up to each individual person but I agree with Todd and believe backlash will ensue (has a bit already).
But another thing popped into my mind and I'm pretty sure you've thought of it.
I'm talking about the sexism card. I'm talking about seeing sexism in the most innocent comments and making the Obama campaign responsible for something Tweety said on MSNBC. You all saw it. Of course, many also saw racism in everything that was uttered by the other campaign and the media.
I'm pretty sure McCain noticed the media backlash that ensued during the primary when, unfairly or not, everybody and their mother was being accused of being sexist against the Hillary campaign. Also, I want to make clear that for a bit everybody and their mother was being accused of being racist against the Obama campaign. Both candidates mainly stayed out of it but many surrogates, both on blogs and IRL were guilty of this (and still are).
I do agree their was some sexism but in the same way some Obama supporters see racism in everything, I believe it was way overblown. We get that?
Now please, keep your youtube vids and quotes to yourselves. I understand their was sexism as their was racism as well. I am not denying that. I will say that each campaign exploited the others missteps and capitalized on mispoken or badly worded pharses. Both sides were guilty of this. Which is only natural because they are politicians and this is what politicans do. They try to win at all costs. No need to start a primary flame war please. This isn't about that.
Here we have Karl Rove, and I'm sure he knows that the best way to rile up the select group he is targeting ( strong independent women) he has to portray his candidate as the heir to Hillary's run. He also knows he has to get Palin to look more approachable and create greater empathy with women. Things that for all the hoopla about her being picked hasn't yet happened. The reception by most has been tepid at best.
So yeah, I'm positive they are going to milk the sexism card. I am sure Obama's every word will be dissected (and Bidens and other Democrats) and they will find outrage and sexism where there is none. Even when it's clearly being taken out of context. I don't even want to think about the way Biden will be potrayed after the debate performance.
I also believe that fuck ups will ocurr and the media douchebags will provide plenty of sexist and gross behavior which can only benefit Palin. Which is exactly the point.
McCain is going to milk this for all it's worth.
My question is.
So when do you think they will start playing the media and Democratic campaign angle of sexism?