After the Democrats’ walloping in the midterm elections, the party went looking for a scapegoat — and they found one in Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett.
But as soon as Jarrett began taking the blame for dysfunction in the Obama administration, her supporters started claiming the situation was due to sexism.
The thing is, the ones blaming Jarrett were Democrats, so essentially, Democrats have been blaming other Democrats of sexism. Interesting way to keep the “war on women” narrative alive.
The original article blaming Jarrett for the midterm upset came from Politico’s Carol Felsenthal, who reported how Obama’s advisers in the West Wing have been urging him to sideline Jarrett since the beginning of his presidency. She specifically noted former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s distaste for Jarrett. Emanuel believed Jarrett was trouble, that she “undermined” him and would overshadow him.
Felsenthal also mentions that former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisers David Axelrod and David Plouffe — all Democrats — had issues with Jarrett.
Felsenthal also mentions how “[m]any Wall Streeters” and economists felt Jarrett wasn’t very bright, although it’s unclear whether they were all Democrats or a mixture including Republicans.
Now Democrats are criticizing those who spoke ill of Jarrett — meaning they’re criticizing Obama’s staffers and Democratic operatives.
Donna Brazile, a Democratic National Committee operative, penned an article for CNN titled “The sexist attack on Valerie Jarrett,” claiming that is was sexism because Jarrett is a woman in power at the White House.
“Women in Washington — and in positions of power anywhere — should be subjected to the same criticisms and held to the same standards as men. That does not include the assumption that any successful woman has attained her position through flattery, feminine wiles or her ability to provide maternal comfort to a more powerful man,” Brazile wrote. “We can criticize a person’s performance without demeaning her based on gender.”
But given the criticism to Jarrett and the response from Brazile, it’s clear a woman often can’t be criticized without charges of sexism — even when the criticism comes from Democrats.
Jarrett herself labeled such criticism as sexist. When MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Jarrett about the attacks, the White House adviser talked about glass ceilings.
“I guess I would tell you when you break glass ceilings you’re going to get scraped, minor scrapes by a shard or two from the glass,” Jarrett said.
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