While I was on my elliptical this morning with Morning Joe on the tube, I heard these words slip out of someone's mouth during a discussion about Elizabeth Warren's chances of beating Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race in 2012. WTF???? Will it never end?
As I got to thinking about it, I realized that at least it was better than saying "she's too shrill," or "she's too divisive," or "she's way out there," or whatever the code words are these days that one uses to minimize women. At least these men talking about Elizabeth Warren are just telling the truth-------women DO have a harder time getting elected. As the statistics in most of my pieces always mention, women hold less than 20% of the federal legislative seats, 24% of the state legislative seats, etc. You can check out the stats and their links over in the right column under the 2008 sexism videos. But these are the same men that are IN THOSE SAME VIDEOS who were promoting the noxious sexism of the 2008 campaign-----the same people calling day after day for Hillary to quit, who giggle incessantly over Sarah Palin while they imply that she's a ditz, etc. You can watch those videos too. The sexism of MSNBC is a subject for another day.
The other thing is that Massachusetts is one of the most liberal, left-leaning states out of our 50 states. If the left and the Democrats by extension are the "party of women," why is it that in the arguably most leftist state in the union women can't get elected because they are women? How much more proof is needed that the Democrats and the left are NOT more women friendly than anyone else? It is a conceit of the left that they think that they are the party of women, a moniker that needs to be retired. NEITHER party can claim the mantle of being the "party of women." And by extension, MSNBC is hardly the cable channel friendly to women either. In truth, they have been one of the major perpetrators of the sexism on the air.
I'm not sure how I feel about hearing that Warren can't win because she's a woman. Our country should be ashamed of itself for making that value judgement against women. With all of the problems the country is having right now, most of them the result of actions taken by men, why do we want to continue to tamp down the talent of women just because they are female?
Watch the video below, and tell us what you think!!