It used to be said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. That last refuge now appears to be crying sexism. The only reason President Obama can think of that Hillary’s campaign seems to be struggling is that stubborn men just won’t support a woman, so he lectured all us cads to get over our sexist pig ways and vote for Hillary:
“I want every man out there who’s voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself, if you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we’re just not used to it… So that, like, when a guy is ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard, well, that’s OK, but when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you’re all like, ‘Well, why is she doing that?’”
As if today’s men aren’t surrounded all the time by accomplished, intelligent women, whether it’s at work, in politics (I shared a debate stage with Carly Fiorina), or in universities, where women now make up the majority of the student body. He is right about one thing, though: men just aren't used to someone this blatantly corrupt coming so close to becoming the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. But then, neither are women.
This condescending drivel was greeted on social media with all the respect it deserved. Commenters pointed out that the polling gender differences in this race, with men leaning Republican and women Democrat, are just about the same as they were when it was Obama vs. Romney. So maybe the problem isn’t that men are voting with their genitals, but that women refuse to do so, which Hillary was counting on.
Secondly, Republican men admire and support any number of female leaders (Margaret Thatcher is a Reagan-level icon on the right), but why would they violate every political ideal they hold just to vote for a woman? That’s not gender equality, it’s just sexism in reverse.
And finally, we know exactly how a man who did what Hillary did would be treated. Just ask Kristian Saucier, the young Navy sailor who mistakenly – and unintentionally -- took six photos in classified areas of his submarine. He tried the “Clinton defense.” It didn’t work for him: he’s now serving a one-year prison sentence, to be followed by six months’ home detention.
That will give him a lot of “me” time in which to reflect on his male privilege.