Of Course It’s Not About Sexism

Since last Tuesday’s debate, I have found myself utterly dismayed, though not entirely shocked, at the way the spin has spun regarding the attacks on Hillary Clinton.  Hillary supporters in particular, but virtually the rest of the news media by proxy, has turned what was initially a referendum on Hillary Clinton’s character and trustability into a battle over whether the attacks were sexist or not.

The “pile-on” politics retort offered by the Clinton campaign to what was undoubtedly the frontrunner’s single worst performance of the primary season has, in the end, taken an already uneven playing field and skewed the landscape even further.

At the heart of the idea, the core argument, is essentially that Obama and Edwards attacked Hillary because they are sexists, and anyone who applauds their efforts must also be of the same ilk.  This about what was, especially when compared to the kind of rhetorical hand grenades bandied about on the other side of the divide, a rather tame repudiation of Clinton’s tendancies for political triangulation.

What boggles the mind even further is that the shadow of sexism is only now entering the fray when Rudy Giuliani has been lobbing attacks at Clinton from the stage of the Republican debates, interviews, and pretty much at any time he’s got his mouth open and not actively talking about 9/11; Biden forgot that in his scrutiny of Rudy’s syntax.

Granted, the sexism card has been played to varying degrees, but it is still there, and it seems to forget one single aspect of the political campaign that we are in right now; Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner.

She is the candidate to beat, so of course she is going to receive the bulk of the political attacks in the race.  This isn’t sexism, this is rough and tumble politics, the same kind of politics that Hillary likes to profess she is so durable in her courtship of it.  If any other candidate enjoyed her standing in the polls that candidate, black, white, male, female, latino, or even Martian would have to withstand the same kind of attacks.

In other words, these men aren’t attacking Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, they are attacking her because they want to win, and to win the nomination, you have to go through her.

What results is that not only does this argument make a mockery of feminism (in truth, it merely seeks to tug at the heartstrings by crying sexism where there is none), but it also results in something highly convenient for the Democratic frontrunner; it at leasts attempts to establish an unwritten rule that you are not allowed to attack Hillary, thereby further locking in her inevitable victory early next year.

Here’s the problem with the latter though, folks, I’m pretty positive that her Republican opponent, whoever that turns out to be, won’t be so easily held at bay by  such tactics.

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