Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' name is being bandied about by many pundits as a potential VP for Barack Obama. She's a moderate Democrat who managed to make peace across partisan aisles while still championing health care and education. If chosen, Sebelius will be the second woman to run for VP (after Geraldine Ferraro), and, as a politician on the national stage, will be facing the same kind of sexist scrutiny that Hillary Clinton did. In fact, we've pinpointed four ways in which Hillary was demonized due to her gender, and how Sebelius is already subject to the same sort of misogynistic blather, after the jump.
1. Her Looks: As we all know, Hillary's sartorial choices were skewered and her weight and visage were criticized. Anna Wintour angrily called her "mannish" after she backed out of a deal to pose in Vogue. Well, Sebelius's looks are already an issue, and in a possibly more insidious fashion — instead of being maligned for being too mature looking to be "sexy", Sebelius might feel the brunt of brutes for being too attractive. According to a New York article debating Sebelius's merits as a potential Veep, an anonymous source tells writer John Heilemann, "She's a bit older than Obama, but not old enough to be maternal. And she is quite attractive. They'd look too much like a couple together. [Putting her on the ticket] would risk evoking on a subconscious level every American trope about miscegenation - a recurrent, threatening theme throughout our cultural and political history. Every time they smile at each other, it will be triggered … And that's exactly the kind of anxiety you do not want to raise in white working-class men - the fear that this handsome, charismatic black guy is after their women." Wow. Just…wow.