Liberals will call any criticism of Hillary Clinton sexist if she seeks the White House — just as it cries racism when President Barack Obama is under fire, says Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of the National Review.
"What we've learned over the last eight years is supposedly this is as racist a country as it's ever been because every criticism of Barack Obama is called racist," Lowry told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.
"And now this will become the most sexist country there's ever been during this interlude when Hillary runs."
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"If she is actually elected … every criticism will be push-back from the left – it's ageist or it's sexist."
Lowry warned that conservatives will also need to be careful in bringing up the issue of the former secretary of state's health, as Republican strategist Karl Rove recently did, unleashing a storm of criticism.
"These things have to be dealt with delicately; certainly whoever the candidate is shouldn't be out there talking about Hillary's health every day," Lowry said.
"Far from it, but again, these are questions that are going to need to be answered, and usually the press is pretty good on pressing for health records to be completely open."
Lowry said Clinton's age should also be fair game, as it has with such candidates as Bob Dole, the former senator and congressman who, as the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, lost to incumbent Bill Clinton.
"The age issue is so upfront with Bob Dole that Time magazine actually had a cover, 'Is Bob Dole too old to be president?'" Lowry said.
"The New York Times ran a big news analysis on whether it was ageism, what the Clinton campaign was doing against Bob Dole.
"It wasn't explicitly saying, 'Oh gosh, Bob Dole is too old.' The Clinton campaign said his ideas are old, his rhetoric is worn out.''
But while age can be used as a campaign issue, again, the GOP must use it with caution, according to Lowry.
"It's going to be a natural for Republicans, especially if they have a presidential candidate from this new generation of national figures … to do that sort of thing against Hillary,'' he said.
"So to guard against it, she's going to have a real future-oriented campaign. It's going to be tough because she's really going to be running for Barack Obama's third term.
"I have a hard time seeing people being eager for a continuation of the status quo.''
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