Christine O’Donnell Charges Critics With Sexism, Double Standard

Repeating a claim that Jeri Thompson made a few weeks ago, Christine O’Donnell said that her critics were only being mean to her because she’s a conservative woman:

O’Donnell cited a double standard she believes is being applied to women, specifically conservative women who choose to run for office. “I don’t feel it because I don’t watch the news. (Laughs) No. I do feel it. There’s certainly a double standard and I don’t often quote Gloria Steinem but she said you can look at a double standard if they wouldn’t attack the male opponent that way and there’s no doubt that they wouldn’t say the things they’re saying about me, they wouldn’t do the things that they’re doing if I weren’t a woman. I’m not whining but there certainly is a double standard especially when it comes to conservative woman.”

All due respect Ms. O’Donnell, but I think your critics have been paying more attention to your refusal to answer questions about shady campaign spending, your bizarre statements about the First Amendment, and the fact that you cannot win to even take note of your gender.

For a party that has long criticized Democrats for playing the “race card,” Republicans seem to be quite adept at playing the gender card when it suits them.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2010, Quick Takes, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
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Comments

  1. sam says:

    Man up, Mataconis, and admit you just don’t like her because she’s a flake and a nincompoop. Oh, and put your man pants on.

  2. Greyhawk says:

    The Republicans just love to dish out verbal abuse but when anyone says anything about them they don’t like they play the victim card. She said, “I’m not whining but…” then whined. Christine O’Donnell is about as sharp as the broad side of a watermelon.

  3. It’s almost funny the degree to which the right has absorbed left-wing identity politics. “Conservative” doesn’t have anything to with principles anymore, it’s just anothter victim group, forever whining about how put upon they are.

  4. tom p says:

    “For a party that has long criticized Democrats for playing the “race card,” Republicans seem to be quite adept at playing the gender card when it suits them.”

    Doug, as one who rarely agrees with your policy solutions, but always reads your posts for the intelligent analysis of the various options….

    Thank you.

  5. Franklin says:

    It’s almost funny the degree to which the right has absorbed left-wing identity politics.

    I can only assume this unfortunate development is because it works. Unfortunately.

  6. Franklin says:

    Oh, and if any male candidate specifically said he wasn’t a wizard, I can pretty much guarantee he’d get made fun of.

  7. anjin-san says:

    She will whine no whine before it’s time…