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Roland S. Martin | Bio
CNN Political Analyst
This blog post has nothing to do with Sen. Barack Obama and whether he has the experience needed to be president.
And no, I don’t think Sen. John McCain’s female supporters are racists.
The focus is really on the pathetic attempts by them to use their gender as a whipping stick to decry any criticism of his vice presidential pick, Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.
Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and RNC Victory 2008 chair, released a statement today assailing anyone – namely men – who doesn't have nice things to say about Palin.
“I am appalled by the Obama campaign’s attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience. The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life," she said. "Because of Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the Presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin.”
So let go ahead say it: Fiorina is a virulent bigot. Why? Because she just launched an unwarranted attack on the credibility, integrity and experience of Obama.
Now how stupid do I sound by saying that her criticism of Obama is due to the fact that he's a black man?
Well, Carly, you sound dumb trying to do it as well.
This is nothing more than a brushback attempt by the McCain campaign to prevent anyone from challenging Palin, and it's a pathetic and gross attempt to play the woman card.
For the idiots out there who choose to write about her looks, put up photoshop-altered images emphasizing her looks, or remarking about her physical appearance, they are fools.
But it is perfectly legitimate for Democrats to questions Palin's resume, just as it is for Republicans to go after Obama's resume.
Yet this is clearly the GOP's plan.
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