GOP Cries 'Sexism'; Some Clintonites Agree

Disagreement among Democrats about attacks on Palin
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2008 12:19 PM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, holds her infant son, Trig, as she stands on stage with her husband, Todd, during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.,...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Cries of sexism are coming from some unusual quarters, Politico reports, as Republicans who “spent a generation ridiculing the politics of victimhood” zealously protest attacks on Sarah Palin's qualifications and doubts about whether she can be an effective VP and still raise her family. And they're finding unlikely allies in some veterans of the Clinton campaign.

At a news conference yesterday, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift called it “an outrageous smear campaign,” while Carly Fiorina declared, "The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks." Howard Wolfson joins in, telling Politico: “There’s no way those questions would be asked of a male candidate.” But one academic suggests that the GOP invited this treatment by emphasizing the Palin family: “If they want the children and the family to be off-limits, they have to reframe it. You can’t have it both ways.”