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    January 11, 2008

    Take that, Gloria!

    Posted by: Chris

    Gloria Steinem wrote:

    Be honest: Do you think [a woman with] the biography of [Barack Obama] could be elected to the United States Senate? After less than one term there, do you believe she could be a viable candidate to head the most powerful nation on earth?

    I pointed out:

    She asks whether a woman born in exactly Barack Obama's circumstances would ever have made it to the U.S. Senate, much less have a shot at the presidency, but she never stops to ask whether a black woman with Hillary Clinton's bio would ever have enjoyed the advantage of her husband's success at the highest level of politics to slingshot her on her way.

    The point is that Hillary's path is the privileged one here, in a way that only a female candidate could be. She emerged into regional and national prominence because of her husband, not because of herself. Unlike Nancy Pelosi or even Elizabeth Dole, it was Hillary Clinton's husband who opened her door, however admirably she has taken advantage of that fact.

    A reader adds:

    Three words to Gloria Steinem:  CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN*

    *Barack Obama's predecessor once-removed, also ran for President.

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    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 30, 2011 1:08:47 AM:

      it was Hillary Clinton's husband who opened her door, however admirably she has taken advantage of that fact.

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