Andrea Tantaros figures that Sen. Chuck Schumer saying that the three branches of government are the House, the Senate and the president is "perhaps the dumbest thing I have ever heard a politician say." Burt just imagine if a Republican woman had said that:
She would be called stupid. She would be mocked on cable news and spoofed on "Saturday Night Live." Her credibility would be questioned, and if she were attractive, she'd be discounted as a dingbat or a bimbo.- JP
But that's not the case here. Schumer's gaffe was met with little fanfare or ridicule from the mainstream media. His interviewer, Candy Crowley, a shrewd veteran journalist, didn't even question his error.
Granted, mistakes are made on live television. And Schumer was probably tired. People in the public eye talk so much that they are prone to more verbal flubs than the rest of us. For example, when President Obama said there were 51 states, and mispronounced corpsman ("corpse-man," he said). But while Republican women like Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have been impaled for lesser missteps, Schumer and Obama can always expect a pass.
GOP women have been called names for doing a lot less than Schumer, or for doing nothing at all...
The most egregious example, of course, is their despicable treatment of Palin. When Palin shouted at a Tea Party rally this past fall that, "We're going to party like it's 1773!" the left was quick to pounce, calling her an idiot. "She's so smart," came the sarcastic Twitter commentary from Markos Moulitsas, founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos.
But it turns out that Palin is smart - smarter than Moulitsas, anyway. The Boston Tea Party happened that year. So even when Palin gets it right, she is accused of getting it wrong, while her smug liberal critics escape relatively unscathed. Maybe if they spent more time studying history and less time trying to humiliate Palin, we wouldn't have such glaring examples of a double standard.
These days, it seems like the last acceptable form of prejudice is expressing hatred toward Republican women without fear of retribution.