Florida congressional candidate Joe Garcia – a Democrat – said something truly weird and disgusting about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton recently.
At a campaign event at a Key West campaign office on Saturday, Garcia described Clinton by saying she was "under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she's going to seduce you."
Excuse me, what?
Sometimes awful comments make sense in context – but not this one. Here's the full quote: "Lyndon Johnson wasn't a particularly charming man, wasn't a particularly nice man: He would ask you nice, and then when you didn't do it, he made you do it," Garcia said. "And Hillary is under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she's going to seduce you, or out-think you."
That doesn't seem any better. Garcia apologized for his comments, and tried to explain them.
"I believe Secretary Clinton is the most competent and qualified presidential candidate in the history of this country, man or woman," he said. "My comments speak to Secretary Clinton's focus on getting things done, and not on the gender stereotypes and biases women in public life are frequently subjected to. I fully support Hillary Clinton for president, and I'm confident she will be one of our country's most effective presidents."
This fallback to boilerplate Democratic talking points doesn't really help. Why, when he was allegedly trying to explain Clinton's ability to get things done, did it have to come down with whether people want to have sex with her? Why was that even in his mind?
I know this is cliche to say at this point, but imagine if a Republican said something like this. It would be a career-ender. And in the short run, we'd hear about nothing else for a week on MSNBC. The fact that this doesn't seem to be happening in Garcia's case — just as Bill Clinton gets an inexplicable free pass on his behavior — suggests that for many people in politics and media, holding a particular ideological viewpoint is a lot more important than showing respect for actual women.
Democratic hacks in the media freak out every time a Republican or a pundit even dares make mention of the clothes Clinton is wearing. For their benefit, here's what an actual disgusting and sexist comment about Hillary Clinton looks like.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.