Todd Akin accuses his opponent of not being ‘ladylike’:
“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin told the Kansas City Star. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”
And Scott Brown is told to be ‘gentler’:
“You have to be a little gentler in combating a woman candidate than a guy,” said Mickey Carroll, a Quinnipiac University pollster. “It’s unfair, but there it is. Chivalry and so forth. You shouldn’t pick on a woman.”
Political commentator Clarence Page said, “Scott Brown needs to be mindful of how debates are political theater, and they’re most influential with swing voters, who are low-information voters. He looks kind of like a husband who’s complaining to his wife about a credit card bill. And that really rubs females the wrong way. … Now that he’s made his point about the Indian heritage claim, he would be wise to stick with the issues that are most important to people: jobs, the economy and bringing home the bacon from Washington. He is experienced, after all, and she’s not.”
Patriarchy. Patriarchy, everywhere.