Hillary isn’t playing the gender card. No, not at all:
“John Edwards, specifically, as well as the press, would never attack Barack Obama for two hours they way they attacked her,” said Geraldine A. Ferraro, the 1984 vice presidential candidate who supports Mrs. Clinton. “It’s O.K. in this country to be sexist,” Ms. Ferraro said.
“It’s certainly not O.K. to be racist. I think if Barack Obama had been attacked for two hours — well, I don’t think Barack Obama would have been attacked for two hours.”
First off, did she see the AFL-CIO debate? That had everyone attacking Obama about Pakistan. Secondly, since when is attacking the national frontrunner sexist just because she’s a woman? Was attacking Gore in 2000 anti-Southern? Was attacking Mondale in 1984 anti-Lutheran? Hillary got this much right: they’re attacking her because the common perception is that she’s ahead, not because of her gender. If the places were switched with her and Obama, he’d be getting attacked the way she has been.
It’s important to note that this isn’t just Ferraro mouthing off. She said this in her capacity as a Hillary surrogate. It’s hard not to conclude, as Jason Zengerle does, that this is a conscious strategy on the part of the Hillary campaign to silence all opposition. It’s dumb, and if the electorate is half as smart as I think it is it’ll backfire immensely.