August 1st, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

L.A. Times: For Clinton supporters, it's a gender issue

Hillary Clinton’s supporters want special platform language on sexism.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters want special platform language on sexism.

WASHINGTON - As her chances of becoming vice president recede, some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters are pushing for the Democratic Party's new platform to state that the primary elections "exposed pervasive gender bias in the media" and to call on party leaders to take "immediate and public steps" to condemn future perceived instances of bias.

The push for the plank in the party's statement of principles reflects a lingering unhappiness over Clinton's treatment during the Democratic primary, and over what her supporters say was an inadequate response from party leaders.

Some Clinton supporters have complained of jibes against the New York senator by TV talk show hosts, off-color novelty items and incidents such as the time when hecklers yelled "Iron my shirt!" at a Clinton rally.

A Democratic committee devoted to writing the platform is to meet today in Cleveland to hear presentations from policy advocates, then draft the document.

"There were so many examples in the media of sexist comments where we never heard from the party leadership or Barack Obama," said Stacy Mason, executive director of a political action committee called WomenCount, which claims thousands of members. The group ran newspaper ads in the spring urging Clinton to stay in the contest.

"We're focused on why the Democratic leadership was so silent about it during the campaign," Mason said. "It was their obligation to come to the defense of one of their own primary candidates, and they didn't. They stayed silent during the campaign, and that's not OK."

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soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Former Repub

    Guys really, it's time to move on, This feminist issue is becoming a wedge between people. Can we please focus on the election and the real issues that our country face, 1st before all this bitter angry protests?

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Cricket

    I'm not a supporter of Sen. Clinton, however, this might be beneficial to the next woman who opts to run. I don't honestly feel her loss was due to gender bias as much as to how she ran her campaign in general-the Bosnia incident, her statement "I'm ready to lead on day one, Sen. McCain is ready to lead on day one, and Sen. Obama has a speech". Not a verbatim quote, but I'm sure most will recall her statement.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Alex

    She.....Lost.....MOVE ON

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. mama4obama

    I completely disagree with Stacy on whether or not Barack Obama stood up for Clinton. He was respectful and never took low blows. He was also fending off blows to himself from every direction. Its time you put the blame where it should be...and that is with the crapheads that said those things.

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Chris

    And this is different than Hillary staying silent when the race card was played because????

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Jackson

    And these people claim to want to unite the country??

    When you politics is based on division like the democrats is, you can't help but be divided.

    Divide by race.

    Divide by gender.

    Divide by economic status.

    Divide by politics.

    The democrat party. The party of division.

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. QUESTION MARK

    It was not a gender issue when the other women ran for president.

    Hillary is not the first woman to run for president.

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Beverly

    I agree with the Clinton backers and I am one.

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Alice in Florida

    We got your back, Hillary! Even Howard and Nancy must be getting nervous over their Golden Chosen One's chances of winning in November. Only July and he's only one poll point ahead per Gallup yesterday, and Gallup DOES call cell phones :)

    O – um, uh, um, duh – Bama hasn't even made a fool of himself in a debate yet (though that's sure to happen!), and he still has some of your fans saying they'll vote for him, but that will change when he makes it official that you won't be his VP. LOL! McCain will be double-digits ahead once those things happen!

    You have my vote in 2012 after we're all sick of President McCain :)

    August 1, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Cory in Little Rock

    There are still alot of "isms" in the USA.

    But my favorite is the "WhiteGuyism" that some people like to bring up all the time. Maybe I'm just insensitive to all the trials and tribulations that white men are going through in today's society.

    But I still think it's funny how we went from Jim Crow to "playing the race card" in such a short period of time...

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. david

    THIS IS TRUE

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO BACK AND SEE THE COVERAGE FROM CHRIS MATHEWS TO KIETH O'RELLY AND BILL OLBERMANN SHOWS FOR THE PAST YEAR AND SEE HOW BIAS THEY HAVE BEEN ATTACKING HILLARY CLINTON NON STOP EVERY NIGHT ON THE SHOWS.

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Max P.

    I'm sorry but any Clinton supporter who would now vote for McShame, probably shouldn't vote at all. If you are one of those people, then you weren't voting on issues, you were voting for a person. Clinton and Obama were nearly identical on all issues. McCain and Clinton only probably held the same views when it came to the stupid 'gas tax holiday'.

    This election is extremely important and certainly not a popularity contest, which is what you make it out to be if you have an option to vote for someone identical to clinton but just not clinton.

    Many Clinton supporters say they feel they were cheated, or let down by the party. Excuse me, but I supported Dennis Kucinch, who most of you probably don't know who had better stances on all the issues than Barrack or Hillary, and he had to SUE to try to get into some of the final debates. So bite your tongue before you say that you feel let down, OK?

    I'm going to vote Barrack still, but whiny clinton supporters, please grow up...the country depends on it. I'm 21 and way more mature than you if you're going to sit at home because Hillary isn't on the ballot.

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. dave

    R U kidding me. When we she go away? This is completely ridiculous!

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    GIVE....IT....UP....

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Nikole

    I am confused as to what Obama or DNC leadership was supposed to do about talk show hosts etc. making sexist comments. Obama had his own campaign to run, defending himself against crazy rumors. I don't recall Clinton speaking out in his favor against those rumors.

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Barack Supporter

    The most important thing I've learned in 71 years as a female and 50 years as a nurse is to fight the imortant battles.....poverty, hunger, disease, homelessness and true injustice. Get over it, girlfriends, and help by fighting a global women's issue ,,,BREAST CANCER,

    August 1, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Old white woman in Birmingham, AL

    I didn't notice and gender bias in the coverage of Hillary's campaign. I thought she did a great job, she simply did not win. It doesn't have anything to do with gender. We need to support Obama now. There is too much at risk if McCain wins. He has a very negative rating on women' and veteran's issues. He knows little about how the economy works for normal people and wants to maintaine a culture of permanent foreign war. If it is not in Iraq, it will be somewhere else. He will also stack the courts with people that will set us back with regards to worker's and women's right at least 50 years. I think you young women take what we have now for granted but it can be lost quickly and take a long time to get back. Please do not let this happen.

    August 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. James

    Yea...racial bias, weight bias and everything else.

    While we're at it, let's demand of the DNC that since the race was so close Hillary will, by default, be co-president if Obama wins in November.

    We know democrats are subject to change the rules in the middle of the game as they did on Florida and Michigan.

    August 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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