Buzzing all over Twitter today is a bogus story that attempts to point out ‘Romney’s women problem’. The shameful piece hits the web in the midst of the anonymously fabricated Romney vs. Palin hubbub in an obvious attempt to create further dissension in the Republican party.
It’s painful to watch fellow GOP’ers nibble all over this party-dividing bait just months before the midterm election, when we should all be fighting for the same cause. One such example: our favorite nationally syndicated talk-show host, Tammy Bruce, has filled her Sunday’s twitterfeed with all sorts of sexist labels and links to chauvinistic videos, updating her blog with the same video. Then Miss Bruce, a long-time activist of the feminist movement, calls Romney to battle, “Hey Mittens, bring it on!” (We can only hope she is treated fairly should there ever be a battle.)
Does anyone else see this as despicable? Aren’t these the same identity-politics that have the civil rights people cry “racist” every time there is criticism of their own? Is this not the similar to what propelled Barrack Obama, an African-American community organizer/one-term senator into the most powerful position of the free world?
I was glad to see that Allahpundit, over at Hotair.com, offered a more sensical synopsis of the Salon article:
A lame piece but well-timed to capitalize on the Romney/Palin dust-up. Expect plenty of linkage tomorrow from Sarahcuda supporters on Twitter and elsewhere. The case for Mitt’s alleged sexism: He ran against three women in Massachusetts and played hardball each time. In the first instance, his team helped keep a woman rival off the primary ballot; in the next, they convinced prominent Republicans to call on the state’s first woman governor to step aside in favor or a stronger candidate (namely, Mitt); and in the third, he told his Democratic woman opponent that a charge she made against him was “unbecoming,” which is supposedly chauvinistic code for “un-ladylike.” Annnnd … that’s it. One questionable comment and two demonstrations of the sort of bareknuckle tactics everyone expects from Team Romney even against an all-male field. Read the whole thing and see for yourself. In fact, even author Steve Kornacki can’t quite bring himself to accuse Romney of sexism; the furthest he’s willing to go is to say that this doesn’t, er, “look good.”
From Salon.com: Three times in his relatively limited political career Romney has found a woman standing between him and his political goal. In each case, he ended up getting what he wanted — but it was always awkward, ugly and downright nasty, with cries of chauvinism and sexism along the way. The man just does not know how to look good while competing with a woman…
Yes, it’s true that Romney is three-for-three running against women. But it’s also true that he played with fire each time. He was able to get away with it in Massachusetts, for a variety of reasons, but the lights shine brighter — much brighter — on the national political stage. When a woman is in the race, Romney has a knack for making himself look bad — something all of America may soon discover.
Unless Kornacki’s calling on him to offer kid-gloves treatment to Palin while throwing roundhouses at Huckabee, Gingrich, etc. — which would itself be full of sexist nuance — I’m not sure what lesson Romney’s supposed to take from this. No questioning Palin’s qualifications for president, perhaps, lest it seem “demeaning,” even though a huge majority of the public questions them? What Salon’s after here, I assume, is sowing a little identity-politics discord in the enemy camp on the cheap, but even that’s a wasted opportunity given what they could have accomplished with this piece.
Of course, they’ve picked up the same piece at Conservatives4Palin.com and used it to continue their ‘tear-Mitt’s-head-off-and-spit-down-his-throat campaign, evidenced here, here, here, here, and here. And the irony of all this hoopla? …neither Mitt or Sarah have never uttered a word of disrespect personally to one another – for all we know, they maintain a friendly relationship.
I can only speak for myself and my fellow Mittheads here at Mitt Romney Central when I say that we hold Sarah Palin in a high regard and we acknowledge the huge effort she has made to fight for conservative principles. Heck, I voted for her just over 19 months ago, and would be obliged to do it again should she become our nominee. My only hope is that her supporters will quit jumping at every opportunity to pound a good man, Mitt Romney, into the ground (especially over fabricated, anonymous remarks by Romney “intimates”).
Addendum by Nate: Aaron, glad you wrote this. I had been thinking about posting this same story but with a slightly different angle. Mine is short and sweet so I’ll just add it here.
The idea that Mitt Romney is sexist is laughable and completely without merit. Just a few points to show that he has strongly supported women for political office and has no reason to oppose Palin because she is a woman:
- While Romney was Governor of MA he had personally selected a woman, Kerry Healey, to be his Lieutenant Governor, and after his term he strongly supported and campaigned for her as his replacement.
- Romney was one of the first endorse Nikki Haley for Governor of SC, a whole 2 months before Palin did. Not only did he strongly endorse her, he contributed a boatload of money to her campaign, supported her with few campaign events, and even held a fundraiser for her in Boston, just recently. Romney said that he and his wife came to know Nikki Haley very well during his 2008 campaign, and felt strongly that she was the best for South Carolina. If Romney were a chauvinistic he could have easily selected anyone of the 3 men that were polling higher than her at the time.
- Governor Romney has been an adamant supporter of Meg Whitman in her bid to become Governor of California. He endorsed her extremely early and has done numerous events and fundraisers with her. Governor Romney recounts when he was interviewing Whitman for a job at Bain Capital long ago (even before she was CEO of eBay.com) that Meg was brilliant and had strong presence. He later learned that she had an amazing work ethic to boot.
- Perhaps the best evidence of Mitt’s respect for women is his long-standing love and adoration for his wife of 41 years. Mitt places her on a pedestal higher than any other. His commitment and attentiveness to her is admirable. I am a strong proponent of the idea that you can know how a man regards womanhood by how he treats his wife. When so many out there in politics, sports and entertainment choose to be selfish and break the vows they have made to their spouse, Mitt Romney stands as a shining example of devotion. He does not view women as subjects to conquer and fulfill sexual appetites. Respect, honor, and esteem; that is the regard that Romney has for women.