I won't miss it either

From Marie Cocco on the Washington Post Op-Ed page:

I won't miss Citizens United Not Timid (no acronym, please), an anti-Clinton group founded by Republican guru Roger Stone.

Political discourse will at last be free of jokes like this one, told last week by magician Penn Jillette on MSNBC: "Obama did great in February, and that's because that was Black History Month. And now Hillary's doing much better 'cause it's White Bitch Month, right?" Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked Jillette.

I won't miss political commentators (including National Public Radio political editor Ken Rudin and Andrew Sullivan, the columnist and blogger) who compare Clinton to the Glenn Close character in the movie "Fatal Attraction." In the iconic 1987 film, Close played an independent New York woman who has an affair with a married man played by Michael Douglas. When the liaison ends, the jilted woman becomes a deranged, knife-wielding stalker who terrorizes the man's blissful suburban family. Message: Psychopathic home-wrecker, begone.

The airwaves will at last be free of comments that liken Clinton to a "she-devil" (Chris Matthews on MSNBC, who helpfully supplied an on-screen mock-up of Clinton sprouting horns). Or those who offer that she's "looking like everyone's first wife standing outside a probate court" (Mike Barnicle, also on MSNBC).
And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville has an ongoing series about sexism in the media directed specifically at Hillary Clinton. It's at 91 right now and I bet it blows past triple digits before long. And, correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe she's only putting mainstream stuff on her list, because if she added blogs, even just blogs from the left, she wouldn't have time to blog about anything else.

It would be easy to get discouraged by this, the casual sexism (and racism) that has manifested itself over the last year. We expect it from the right-wing--the southern strategy hasn't exactly been a secret, after all, and women's rights have never been a priority for them either--but I think that collectively we on the left were convinced that we were better than that, that whatever racist and sexist notions we had were minor, that we had moved past that. We bought into the "post-racial" and "post-sexism" malarkey until this stuff started popping up everywhere. It's enough to make one despair for the future of humanity.

But there is some good. First of all, that we're having the conversation and that people are being publicly called on their sexism and racism is an improvement over the time, not so long ago, where neither would have happened. That the last two Democratic party candidates for president are a woman and an African-American is mind-boggling, especially given that either will be the odds-on favorite to beat John McCain. The situation might not be good, but it is better than it has been, and that gives me hope.

So like Ms. Cocco, I won't miss the misogyny directed toward Senator Clinton, and I'm sure it won't stop once her candidacy ends, though it might ebb a bit, but I hope that when it comes out, that people still call it out and say it is unacceptable.

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