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It’s the Sexism, Stupid

After that interview with Matt Cooper, I half expect Carly Fiorina to be adapting Rush Limbaugh’s May 7th monologue for RNC talking points:

They are at it again! The Drive-By Media male pundits have now circled the wagons and are demanding that Hillary quit, give it up. Ladies, doesn’t it all sound too familiar? Once again, a woman is told to put her dreams aside to benefit a man, to benefit a party of men. Obama, a freshman senator who has paid no dues, is treated like anointed royalty; while a hard-working woman who has battled her entire life to break the glass ceiling is treated like a leftover meal, and thrown down the garbage disposal. You know how this feels. You’ve been in Hillary’s shoes. You’ve seen the pretty boys that come in the office, almost no experience. They glad-hand the boss; they take credit for your work, talk a good game with real specifics, and then what happens? They get promoted while you, the hardworking backbone of the office, are told to go fetch the coffee or set up meetings for these dweebs that couldn’t carry your bra if they had to.

So another pretty phony, another little GQ-type phony is lifted to the top while the woman is treated like a broken-down mule. Hillary Clinton stood by her man in the worst of times. As a working mother, she raised the family; she kept a roof over their heads, ‘cause her husband only earned 26 grand as governor of Arkansas. She had to go to the Rose Law Firm. She had to make the six-figure income. She had to put her career on the line with the cattle futures! She had to get to know these assorted and sundry characters like Vince Foster and Web Hubbell. She had her reputation maligned in Whitewater. She was humiliated daily with philandering by her husband that was open and in the public. She still did the laundry; she still cleaned everything up. Every mess, Hillary Clinton cleaned up. After all she put up with — the lies, the cheating, the lies, the more cheating, the humiliation — not to mention being dragged from the feminist capital of Wellesley and Yale in the northeast to Arkansas!

What did her own husband do last night? He stood behind her, as though he had been out in the sun all day getting a bad sunburn, and he looked bored. He looked disinterested; he looked depressed, as she faced the cameras vowing to press on after losing North Carolina. He didn’t help her last night. He could have had a smile on his face. But he purposely looked forlorn. He wanted to convey with his facial expression the abject depression and disappointment that the campaign was feeling. He talked about himself, ladies, this entire campaign. Never about her. He tried to derail her candidacy with this race card business in South Carolina. Bill Clinton treated his wife’s quest like it was just an afterthought, and perhaps even a threat, to his own legacy. And after all the messes that she’s cleaned up and after all the humiliation she has suffered; after all the laundry she has done, after raising Chelsea, after consorting with unsavory characters, after going to work to become the family breadwinner; he stands behind her last night looking bored.

About the race thing, can you imagine what would have happened if Jeremiah Wright had been Hillary’s pastor? Instead, the golden boy, the dweeb, the good-looking GQ guy that shows up in the office and gets your promotion mumbles a few lame excuses, and everything’s forgiven. This guy doesn’t know anything about anything. You ever hear him talk about taxes? He’s a lightweight. Hillary can out-walk this guy. I mean, if we know somebody who knows how to raise tax, it’s a Hillary Clinton. She knows how to raise taxes. She knows taxes! She can out-walk this guy in the middle of hot flashes, ladies, and you know this. Barack is a guy. He’s a guy with an angry woman who’s probably henpecking him every day and every night. You know these kind of guys, and you know these kind of women, and you know these kind of wives. He’s just a guy — and that, ladies, says it all, and you know what I’m talking about. ….

Building the groundwork for McCain-Clinton 2008.

Think I’m crazy? I may be. But here was Steve Schmidt at maverick work, too, on CNN this morning:

On CNN, dismisses Obama’s claim that McCain would offer “a third Bush term,” citing Iraq, Katrina response and the energy bill:

“Sen. McCain has disagreed on issue after issue with President Bush over the last eight years. He is his own man.”

This election has only just begun. Heaven help us.

UPDATE: See??

“Yes, Sen. Clinton is still in the race,” McCain acknowledged to scattered laughter among the conservative crowd. “I have known Sen. Clinton, I admire her and I respect her. She has inspired generations of American women to believe that they can reach the highest office in this nation and I respect that.”

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