In the thread below (where we have yet to hear from any PUMAs), Kerry Reid provided a brief summary of racism, sexism, and PUMA in the Democratic primary. Though I’m sure we’re all familiar, Kerry’s comment was so spot on that I thought it deserved its own post. Hell, maybe a PUMA will read it.
Short answer, Jason? He didn’t use misogyny or sexist tactics as an ingrained campaign strategy, even though Hillary Clinton and her surrogates were deliberately using racist and xenophobic dog whistles, especially in the last desperate days. (”Hardworking Americans, white Americans,” Geraldine Ferraro’s ridiculous attempts to paint him as the affirmative-action candidate, etc.)
I think Jesse Jackson Jr., who was with his campaign, made some questionable comments about Hillary’s tearing up before the NH primary, though Obama himself didn’t say anything other than something like “I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t want to comment, this is a tough process on all of us.” John Edwards, that “true populist” (barf! Why didn’t he ever VOTE like a populist in the Senate?) made some snarky comments about that incident. But did Obama ever suggest that John McCain was more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton, as HRC did with her “commander in chief” threshold comments? Did he ever suggest that only he and McCain really loved America, as Bill did with his “wouldn’t it be nice to have a race between two people who really love this country” speech during the Wright controversy? (Gee, that speech was to a group of white veterans in the South. Coinky-dink?) Nope.
The sexism the Hillary Clinton supporters perceived was simply in the fact that he, “an inadequate black male,” would DARE to run when everyone knew it was “her turn!” Though if experience was so important, why her thin resume should be allowed to trump the longer careers of Biden, Richardson, Dodd, and Kucinich was never addressed by the Hillary Cultists who were so quick to denounce Obama’s “inexperience,” and they also ignored the fact that he had many more years of legislative experience than Clinton.
Simply put, they were enraged, to paraphrase Elizabeth Cady Stanton, that “Sambo” was going ahead of “sister.” So they just flat-out lied about Obama’s sexism, as in Taylor “I was a Reagan Democrat so I know more about progressivism and feminism than people who never voted for the GOP” Marsh’s bullshit story about Obama’s team playing Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” at a victory party in Iowa.
The other argument, of course, was that Obama didn’t do enough to speak out against the misogyny in the media. Well, considering that Hillary Clinton, particularly in that disgraceful ABC debate, couldn’t get her hands dirty enough in trying to associate Obama with Farrakhan, Wright, Bill Ayers, and the other suspects, even as he refused to make hay out of her ridiculous Bosnia lies, I don’t think he had any moral obligation to defend her. Let her defend herself. Isn’t it sexist to expect the men to ride to the defense of the Poor Widdle Woman, especially when said Poor Widdle Woman is basing her entire campaign strategy on being such a tough, vetted, experienced fighter? And do we think that his trying to defend her would have changed anything in PUMAland? No. Because PUMAs are all about one sheet away from being Klanswomen.
Oh, further proof of the misogynist plot against her? Hillary also had to answer the first question in the debates all the time! Except that A) she didn’t always get the first question and B) So the fuck what? You’re tougher than the rest, right? Answer the fucking question and stop whining.