The New Left is misogynist.
I'm talking about the impulse in the Democratic base to use a non-sexual situation to sexualize and demean a female politician. Hillary had to deal with it. And there is a long history of sexist treatment of Palin, including the Newsweek cover last November.
Of course, with their "teabagger" history, I'm not dismissing the thought that leftists are simply unable to respond in a more substantive way.