Clinton Blames Sexism, Denies Racism

In WaPo:

“It’s been deeply offensive to millions of women,” Clinton said. “I believe this campaign has been a groundbreaker in a lot of ways. But it certainly has been challenging given some of the attitudes in the press, and I regret that, because I think it’s been really not worthy of the seriousness of the campaign and the historical nature of the two candidacies we have here.”

Later, when asked if she thinks this campaign has been racist, she says she does not. And she circles back to the sexism. “The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable, or at least more accepted, and . . . there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when it raises its ugly head,” she said. “It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the comments by people who are nothing but misogynists.”

This is one aspect of “victimhood” that is going to have to stop if the Democrats are going to be strong in November, both because it’s wrong and because it’s damaging. One thing everyone needs to keep in mind is that everyone in the country is not Chris Matthews or Bill Clinton. For the Rachel Sklars and Ellen Malcolm’s out there, and the countless people who have written on racism in the contest, think of it this way; did you cast your vote out of sexism/racism? Assuming you didn’t, why would you assume that everyone else did?

The truth is that most people don’t see prejudice on their side because most people aren’t casting their votes out of prejudice. While simple probability tells us that some people voted for Obama out of sexism, and indeed that some voted for Clinton out of racism, the answer to that for Democrats isn’t to conflate the neanderthals with everyone else who supported the other candidate and then blame the system for being prejudiced, it’s to come together as 21st century adults, where sexism and racism are no longer acceptable, and jointly denounce those who, in the year 2008, would cast a vote for anyone out of hate and prejudice.

That would be a truly groundbreaking moment in American history, and one that would live on much longer and with much more gravity than a mere Presidency for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.