Tapper on “Sexism”


“During a private meeting last week, a group of Massachusetts women asked the chairman of the Democratic National Committee to confront the ugliness of sexism, just as Democrats are confronting the ugliness of racism as a result of Barack Obama’s presidential bid,” Vennochi reports.

Clinton supporter Deb Goldberg tells Vennochi: “The proof is in the pudding. What does Howard Dean do . . . based on our conversation with him?”

What they want Dean to do is step in and award delegates based on the elections in Michigan and Florida. The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee gets the next word — if not the final word — on the subject, at the end of the month.

A group of Clinton’s female supporters has launched a Website aimed at getting the Democratic Party to reconsider its decision to strip Michigan and Florida of convention delegates.

What does any of that have to do with sexism? As I said yesterday, are there actually people who think the Democratic Party as a whole collectively rigged the process against one of its most prominent figures in decades? And how do they rectify Clinton’s own statements and actions previously in regards to Florida and Michigan with that outlook?

It’s pretty clear what this is about; Clinton’s most hardcore supporters, especially the older women, are using very loose definitions of sexism to try to beat the result they want out of the Democratic Party in penance. It’s really rather disgusting.