Monday, May 19, 2008

HIllary Clinton Done In By Sexism?

So asserts Jodi Kantor of New York Times:
The answers have immediate political implications. If many of Mrs. Clinton’s legions of female supporters believe she was undone even in part by gender discrimination, how eagerly will they embrace Senator Barack Obama, the man who beat her?

“Women felt this was their time, and this has been stolen from them,” said Marilu Sochor, 48, a real estate agent in Columbus, Ohio, and a Clinton supporter. “Sexism has played a really big role in the race.”
To her credit though, Kantor notes that presidential historian (and woman) Doris Kearns Goodwin believes that Clinton's implosion has nothing to do with her being a woman, but that Clinton the candidate had a flawed strategy.

Hillary Clinton lost becuase of Hillary Clinton (and to a certain extent Bill Clinton), nothing more, nothing less.

There have been dozens of successful female politicians, and many who have occupied the Governor's mansions in many states. To say that it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton off the Democratic ticket is to seek the general reasons instead of the specific.

If Obama loses in November, will it be racism or just simply because Obama is a bad candidate?

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