It’s the sex­ism, stupid

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Bill O’Reilly

Could it be pos­si­ble that Demo­cratic vot­ers are dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Sen. Hil­lary Clin­ton sim­ply be­cause she’s a wo­man? Is sex­ism the rea­son she is los­ing to Barack Obama? Say it ain’t so, Glo­ria Steinem.

But Glo­ria says it is so, and so do some other fe­male pun­dits. Writ­ing in the ul­tra-lib­eral Bos­ton Globe, a wo­man named Michal Re­gun­berg claims that the main­stream me­dia “(has) a tough time with Clin­ton and crit­i­cized ev­ery­thing from her pantsuits to her laugh [. . .]”

Ms. Re­gun­berg goes on to say: “They would not ex­co­ri­ate a man for (th­ese things). What’s worse, they get away with it. They use her as a punch­line.”

Four words: “Are you kid­ding me?”

Pres­i­dents Bush and Clin­ton are not used as punch­lines? Come on. Did Ms. Re­gun­berg miss Barack Obama be­ing mocked in­ces­santly for bad bowl­ing? What was that — man­ism?

This is just non­sense. The rea­son Hil­lary Clin­ton is run­ning be­hind Barack Obama is that he is per­ceived to be more lib­eral than she is, and the com­mit­ted left dom­i­nates the Demo­cratic pri­maries. Among other things, Mrs. Clin­ton’s Iraq war re­sume has ran­kled the far left who, early on, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally threw in with Mr. Obama.

In ad­di­tion, be­cause much of the me­dia has moved dra­mat­i­cally to the left and, above all, is ar­dently po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, Mr. Obama’s can­di­dacy was greeted with great joy by many press peo­ple. They love him sim­ply for be­ing him. Is it a sex­ism deal? No. It’s an Oba­ma­ma­nia deal with the press.

If John McCain had a shrill laugh, “Satur­day Night Live” would surely use it as a mock­ing de­vice. If Mr. McCain wore poly- ester leisure suits (I know where to get some), he’d be hooted. The truth is that any trade­mark, tic or idio­syn­crasy will be used as a satir­i­cal tool against those in the pub­lic eye. Pantsuit jokes are easy, Let­ter­man’s writ­ers love them. It has noth­ing to do with wom­an­hood, it has to do with fab­ric.

Be­fore Rev­erend Wright bat­tered his im­age, Mr. Obama was per­ceived to be more lik­able and more en­er­getic than Mrs. Clin­ton. He re­mains the new kid in town, as the Ea­gles sang, and ev­ery­body’s talk­ing.

No doubt, Mrs. Clin­ton is dis­liked by some for her ag­gres­sive de­meanor, but so am I. Is that Ir­ish-ism? Some folks like type A’s, some don’t. Both gen­ders get scru­ti­nized for feisty be­hav­ior.

Fi­nally, 22 per­cent of West Vir­ginia Democrats said race was a fac­tor in their vote, which gave Mrs. Clin­ton a huge win. That, I be­lieve, is a real con­cern. No vote should ever be cast for racial or for gen­der rea­sons.

But sex­ism didn’t seem to mat­ter in the Moun­tain State. Did it?

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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