Sept. 27th, 2010
After reading around and looking for more outside-the-mainstream takes on Christine O'Donnell, I found this Irin Carmon penned missive over at Jezebel. It is a great argument against too readily viewing the media pile-on of her through the prism of gender politics.
The choice quotes:
"Except... have the attacks on O'Donnell been "sexist and misogynistic"? Sure, they have been glib and mocking — par for the course when there's so much video evidence of her insouciant wingnuttery. And they have involved sex, but only because that was O'Donnell's topic of choice until she discovered a vague and sudden passion for tax cuts."
"...criticism of a woman isn't necessarily sexist. And it's even more of an eye-rolling stretch when that distinction is sacrificed on behalf of a woman who actively supports policies that would hurt other women."