Here’s Gloria Steinem, arguing among other things that the presidential race this year tracks American history: black people got the right to vote before women did, and it looks like a black candidate may win the nomination before a woman does.
I hope someone points out to her that just because black people technically got the right to vote in the 1800’s, they didn’t practically get it until the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Whereas women both technically and practically had it as of 1920.
I submit that Hillary is losing because she’s not a charming candidate, and she’s widely perceived as an empty suit that’s ready to be filled with whatever will help her climb the ladder of power. Obama is winning because he’s charming, because his morals seem to be in the right place, and because of his opposition to the War in Iraq.
A lot of this may be tied up with anti-feminist baggage, but that’s not the first place I’d look. And Steinem’s argument rests on a very thin reed — namely that a woman’s second-place finish to a black man is of a piece with our nation’s history. Take out that peg of her argument, and I don’t know how much is left.