One thing you have to understand about politics is that the Left’s extraordinarily vicious, misogynistic attacks on women like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and Christine O’Donnell are not just about them personally.
When it comes to conservative women, Ann Althouse summed it up well when I interviewed her for a RWN piece called, Blogging While Female Part 2: Five Women Bloggers Talk About Gender Issues And The Blogosphere,
…The problem with being a woman is that you tend to have a greater stake, for…emotional reasons, that you want people to like you or that you think it’s important to remain likable. That’s like fighting with one hand behind your back. If you don’t develop a thick skin, if you don’t take some risks, and put up with people attacking you, there’s a limit to what you can do.
I think that a lot of the male bloggers know that and because of that, they think they can get you to leave — and they have actually gotten various women to leave. I could tell, when I was first getting noticed, that there were people, whether they consciously thought it or not, that believed they could just make me get out –that they would make the blogosphere so rough of a place for me that (I) would close up and go home.
…In the blogosphere, it’s sort of like the Wild West, and you actually can try to push people out. You can push women out. There’s a way of trying to get women to leave and because it’s a rough world where people are trying to climb to the top, they will use whatever techniques they can, you know? And so I think that makes you vulnerable as a woman, but you don’t have to be. There’s a positive side to it, too, that you can use. You get attention just for being a woman because it’s less common.
Put another way, the Left has a Mafia mentality with women. The Mafia goes to store owners and asks for “protection money.” You pay them and all is well. If you don’t, then your store might “accidentally” burn down.
It works the same way in politics.