January 11, 2008

WHO GETS CHRISTIE LOVE?:

Gender takes center stage in Democratic primaries (Jodi Kantor, January 10, 2008, IHT)

If the race was not about gender already, it certainly is now.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been running for president for nearly a year. But in the past week, women in Iowa mostly rejected her, a few days before women in New Hampshire embraced her. All over the United States, viewers scrutinized television coverage for signs of male chauvinism in the race and many said they found dismaying examples.

Even Democratic women with no intention of voting for Clinton found themselves drawn into the debate and shaken by what briefly seemed like a humiliating end to the most promising female candidacy in American history.


And so a party which (theoretically) opposes racism and sexism finds itself with one candidate whose platform is that he's black and one who's platform is that she's female. At least Bill Richardson was honorable enough to drop out rather than play the ethnic card.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2008 1:07 PM
Comments

There is an article in politico talking about the "racist" nature of Hil's attacks on Obama.

It is truly delightful to see the filthy "identity politics" of the left coming home to roost where they belong.

Posted by: Bruno at January 11, 2008 5:19 PM

Despite his being part of the Clinton Inner Circle in good standing, I'm sorry to see Richardson go. He was the only Dem I could actually see as President who would take the office and job seriously, and not as some sort of fulfillment of a lifetime quest (or compensation for not being elected Homecoming Queen.) I wonder how he could have done better, though. Maybe if BarryO had stayed out and not usurped the token minority spot, perhaps? Then again, from what little I saw, Richardson did seem to run a campaign based his experience as gov and cabinet member and that doesn't seem to count for much among Dems and the Left.

(The Lifetime Quest factor should also be taken into account with both McCain and Romney, too.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 11, 2008 6:02 PM

"Then again, from what little I saw, Richardson did seem to run a campaign based his experience as gov and cabinet member and that doesn't seem to count for much among Dems and the Left."


Exactly, Raoul. Very good. What do they want though? A symbol of their "takeover as majority party"?

Posted by: Benny at January 11, 2008 7:05 PM

I meant "Very good" as in an I hadn't realized that kinda way...

Posted by: Benny at January 11, 2008 7:07 PM
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