Matthews Gets Historic (Is Still an Ass)

Matthews has his undergarments in a concerned twist over the possibility of a woman President with (gasp!) female advisors.  When he is caught in the act, he pulls out a double edged excuse (MediaMatters via Pandagon):

Asked by Time managing editor Richard Stengel, “What are you suggesting by asking does this diminish her as a commander in chief by being surrounded by women?,” Matthews replied: “No, the idea that it — well, let me just get historic. We’ve never had a woman commander in chief.”

Let’s get historic for a moment, shall we?  Would Matthews be concerned about a black commander in chief?  We’ve never had one of those before.  Chris digs himself in deeper:

… that final decision to vote for president, a woman president, a woman commander in chief, will be an historic decision for people. Not just men, but women as well.” Turning to New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller, Matthews added: “Elisabeth, you’re always thinking about these things.”

Wow.  Concerned with appearing sexist, Matthews makes the brilliant move of turning to the nearest female reporter to get her take on things.  You can just picture him with big puppy eyes and a clipboard, asking for signatures:  “Will you endorse my sexism?  If a women endorses it, it won’t seem half as bad”.

Things just kept going downhill:

Bumiller referred to Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher — women who were elected to lead Israel and the United Kingdom — and said: “[W]e all remember these women. … I think we can get there.” Matthews responded, “But we’ve got Patton and John Wayne on our side.”

First, since this is a historical vote, then there aren’t many American examples to draw from, are there?  But to the point, Matthews is raised two elected leaders, and responds with a Major General and an Actor.

Mr. Matthews follows outright sexism with a flimsy attempt to cover his own ass, and only ends up showing how much of one he truly is.  Whether Clinton would make a good President has everything to do with her positions and her ethics, and nothing to do with her gender.  But by playing the electability card, Matthews is trying to push the idea of a female President out of the mainstream.  No one likes voting for a loser, and that is precisely how he is framing her with his laughable attempt to “get historic”.  However when pressed for the reason women advisors, or even a women President, would be in any way problematic, Chris guiltily tries to shift the frame.

So let me pose a question to Mr. Matthews:  Let’s pretend you didn’t cower away from Stengel’s question.  What is it about the gender of Clinton’s advisors that is so damn worrying?

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3 Responses

  1. I commented on this as soon as she put her hat in the ring wondering aloud to friends when the wave of “Is America Ready for a Woman President?” headlines would end. I assumed that the question would be asked so often at the beginning that we would stop hearing it near the end. I expected a resurgence after she won the primary. I never anticipated a new headline at this early stage….

    Good catch.

  2. Good catch, indeed!
    Tweety’s talking head has done no less harm than has Limbaugh’s talking head. In fact, Tweet’s ‘legitimacy’ has actually done more harm. They are two sides, same coin of disinformation and prejudice.

  3. JimPanzee,
    I think this will be a steady drumroll along the lines of Kerry’s “flip-flopping”, for as long as Hillary remains a viable candidate.

    Mirth,
    Tweet’s “legitimacy” does do a lot more harm! He can spew the same crap wrapped in a polite society package, and more people will swallow it.

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