Sexist Alert: Obama Campaign Co-Chair Questions Hillary’s Tears

In the past few hours I have been thinking a lot of a ground breaking book I read quite a few years ago on Women: Women Who Run With The Wolves. 

I think, it’s time to pick it up and start reading it again and I suggest anyone who doesn’t get the women’s factor in this election read it also because it might provides some clues into the women’s factor in this election. 

The sexist bull shit that is so rampant in this election cycle is utterly and completely disgusting and beyond the pale. Take a look at Obama campaign co-chair Jesse Jackson Jr, speaking about Hillary’s emotional moment in NH:

From Greg Sargent on TPM’s Election Central:

Here’s one key quote:

…there were tears that melted the Granite State. And those are tears that Mrs. Clinton cried on that day, clearly moved voters. She somehow connected with those voters.But those tears also have to be analyzed. They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45% of African-Americans who participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.

And:

We saw something very clever in the last week of this campaign coming out of Iowa, going into New Hampshire, we saw a sensitivity factor. Something that Mrs. Clinton has not been able to do with voters that she tried in New Hampshire.Not in response to voters — not in response to Katrina, not in response to other issues that have devastated the American people, the war in Iraq, we saw tears in response to her appearance. So her appearance brought her to tears, but not hurricane Katrina.

Asked if he was suggesting that The Tears were faked, Jackson said: “I wouldn’t say that.”

WTF? I know plenty of women who guard their public emotions and don’t ever let people see them crying. That doesn’t mean they don’t cry in private, and honestly, the same goes for some men as well. The inferences here from Jackson are ridiculous.

Jesse Jackson, Jr has managed to channel Rush Limbaugh and make John Edwards sexist remarks about Hillary’s emotional moment in NH, look tame.

On a side note, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, the author of Women Who Run With The Wolves, is an assistant editor at The Moderate Voice.

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2 Responses to Sexist Alert: Obama Campaign Co-Chair Questions Hillary’s Tears

  1. Sure, a woman (and a man too) can cry in private, but Ms. Clinton didn’t do that, she did it in public while being filmed. She has never done that before, so why is it a surprise when people question her sincerity?

    I don’t think it has anything to do with sexism, I think it is grounded in the fact that quite a few people in America don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

  2. Random Thoughts

    And, FYI the media also doubted John Kerry’s sincerity when he got emotional on the trail. But their questioning of Kerry’s sincerity wasn’t laced with sexist innuendo.