(As reported on CNN.com)
“I am appalled by the Obama campaign’s attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience,” said Fiorina. “The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life.
Perhaps in a bid to appeal to the (perhaps apocryphal) disaffected Hillary voters, 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.”
Giving an example of Obama’s sexism, Fiorina specifically noted an Obama interview by Anderson Cooper. Asked to respond to Republican arguments that Palin had more executive experience than he or Joe Biden have, Obama said:
“Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has I think 50 employees,” he said. “We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.”
It’s not immediately obvious how Obama’s comparison of his management experience with that of Palin can be considered sexist by any stretch of imagination, unless one is particularly offended that the word “manage” begins with “man”.
It’s also not clear why Fiorina, one of the most accomplished business executives of the past quarter century, would find it necessary to call Obama a sexist without being able to cite supporting evidence. To accuse someone of sexism without evidence is a disservice to the feminist cause.