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Caroline Kennedy Unfairly Treated Because She’s a Woman?

I wrote earlier today about Caroline Kennedy’s poorly managed run at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s empty Senate seat. I noted that her withdrawal was likely a disservice to women in politics.

There is a perception among numerous political insiders, however, that Ms. Kennedy was treated too harshly by the media and other politicians who questioned her credibility and demeanor. In fact, their contention is that she was treated much more critically than a man would have been.

There still exists a glass ceiling in politics. In the House, 75 of the 435 members are women. In the Senate, just 17 are women. Donna Brazile, a political analyst, made an important point:

Obama inspired us to turn the page, and now women seem stuck in the table of contents[.]

One thing is certain, the margin of error for a historically disadvantaged candidate (e.g. women, African-Americans) is much smaller. When David Axelrod came on board as President Barack Obama’s chief strategist for the campaign, Axelrod made it clear to Obama that he would have to be on his game at all times. When you try to break through old customs, it is imperative to not give anyone an excuse to vote for your opponent. Unfortunately, that is the state of politics today. We have made history by electing an African-American president, but that doesn’t mean that we, as a whole, won’t be more critical of a female or African-American candidate than we would of a white one.

Kennedy’s camp should have prepared her better. She could ill afford to appear weak or unprepared, particularly in the rough setting for politics that is New York. Had she known where all the blows were coming from, perhaps we would be writing about a different result today.

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January 23, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Media, Politics, Women's Issues | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. OK, I have a [conspiracy?] theory about Caroline’s withdraw for a Senate seat. It is not original, but it makes more sense that some of the claims the media and the establishment is trowing to her. I do not pretend to believe that the Obama era will bring saints to government, but something is not quite right about this vetting process. Long-time politicians, especially professional family politicians (a.k.a. Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, and few other US royalties) know better.
    I read somewhere that the former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer had been investigated for very long time before being charged on paying for sex and (ha!) violations of Commerce Law (a.k.a. paying a prostitute across state borders; from NY to DC). So the questions is: why now? I read somewhere that Spitzer, despite being a loser, confronted some of the Big Kahunas in Wall Street, long before the s… hit the fan. Aha! now we have something! Also, on the same lines, New York Senator Schumer, disliked Spitzer’s sheriff, though approach to this rich boy’s club. Conspiracy theory? –perhaps. Now, suddenly, Caroline Kennedy was not as spotless as people wanted to be….really? And Governor Paterson, the blind guy, does not support Caroline, but supports Kirsten Gilliband, a well known long-time NRA supporter. Ah! So let me connect the dots and formulate my theory: Caroline will not “play ball” with the NY establishment and needs to be ostracized big time. Think about it: what do Senators from Michigan support and promote? The terminate ill auto industry. What do any other Senator promote? The interest of their state. What is the main industry of New York? You got it! Financial services. What does Kevin Spacey says about Kaiser Soze in the interview with the NY cops in “The usual suspects”? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQv2-JCpKMk) “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist…”
    So, who’s the cripple here and who benefit? Aha! Sorry Caroline, with a history of an uncle prosecuting the mob we have enough.

    Comment by CrazyGlue | January 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi, cool site, good writing ;)

    Comment by zeffismKeme | February 9, 2009 | Reply


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