Strieff nicely handled the absurd charges of racism against John McCain for the celebrity ad. Hopefully the blowhard press can let that one lie.
But Barack Obama’s slip last night on Hillary Clinton is telling and fits a pattern of mysogyny in his campaign. Visa CBS:
“At a time when we’ve got bigger challenges than any time in our history and you’re running ads with Hillary and er – with Britney and ah Paris in it. I mean come on. The American people deserve better.”
Of course, this is par for the course. He diminished Hillary Clinton with sexist attacks in the primary. I wrote this a while back:
Jake Tapper first noted this when Obama said that Hillary was “taking out the claws.” At the same time he noted that Obama would use “[l]anguage such as ‘when she’s feeling down’ ‘periodically’ she ‘launches attacks.'” Tapper noted that a number of female reporters and bloggers picked up on this. Later Obama complained that Hillary was “throwing the China” at him. Again, Tapper heard the dog whistle. Tapper noted that this “feeds into the ‘harridan‘ caricature of Clinton.”
Obama’s slip was just more of the same.