Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Alzheimer’s disease is treacherous. It seems to have set in early in the case of Gloria Steinem considering her clueless and unhelpful (to Hillary) remarks aimed at John McCain. Steinem was trying to help Hillary who has certainly experienced a groundswell of anti-Hillary media misogyny typified by such pundits as Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. Steinem may have been holding the gun but she couldn’t seem to find the target and pointed it in the wrong direction. This was clearly not helpful to Hillary and neutralized an issue where Hillary was gaining purchase. I understand that there are other reason for opposing Hillary apart from sexism, but there’s no doubt that some part of her opposition comes from people who won’t accept a woman in high office no matter how qualified. That would leave out Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton, and Joan of Arc, among others. The presidency is not a test tube experiment for gender or race, but so many Democrats seem bewildered by such issues that something ought to be said about it. Even if I WILL vote for John McCaiin.