WASHINGTON—“I’m a victim of sexism myself all the time,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussing Tuesday morning whether sexism played a significant role in the defeat of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) But Pelosi does not spend a lot of time worrying about sexist remarks people make.
At a reporters’ breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House reflected on the White House bid by Clinton, who would have been the first major party nominee if her bid had succeeded.
“Is there sexism? Probably so,” said Pelosi.
“Is it responsible for the defeat? I really wouldn’t have the scientific knowledge, all of the information to know that. But I do think that being a woman has a positive upside in the campaign, probably offset by more sexism. I don’t know. Of course there is sexism, we all know that. I mean but it is a given, it is a given…..
“In any event, I think that on the positive side, Sen. Clinton has advanced the cause of women in government and her candidacy has been a very positive tonic for the country and had a very wholesome effect on the political process. I really don’t know, I haven’t analyzed and the rest, I’m a victim of sexism myself all the time, but I just think it goes with the territory, I don’t sit around to say, ‘but for that”…I think her candidacy was a just a bright, bright moment for us and she may run again.
Pelosi said she wanted to know more facts before she made a final pronouncement about sexism and the Clinton candidacy.
"I myself find that I get a tremendous upside from being a woman and I don't spend a lot of time worrying about sexist remarks that people make."