Monday, March 03, 2008

Gloria Steinem Recruits for Hillary

I doubt this is the type of help Hillary needed with only two days to go in a highly contested primary with Barack Obama. Now Hillary has to spend time denouncing some of Gloria's speech instead of landing punches on Obama, who, by the way, is Hillary's competition in the primary, not John McCain.

From Betsy's Page with a hat tip to Right Wing News.

Gloria Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter, was speaking on her behalf in Texas in a Women for Hillary event. Unfortunately for Hillary, any help that she might have had by having the feminist icon speak for her was lost when Steinem decided to do a riff on McCain's experience as a POW.
Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said with bewilderment, “I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.”
The Clinton campaign immediately disavowed Steinem's words and said they have the utmost respect for John McCain's military status. Just what they wanted to have to spend the two days before the primary vote in Texas of all places talking about.
Apparently to Steinem, being matrimonially enslaved to a former Fornicator in Chief is a much better qualification for President than having served the country as a military pilot and spending many more years in the US Senate than even Hillary herself can claim.

This sort of faux pas (if Steinem even considers it a mistake at all) probably does little to wane support for Hillary among the aging feminist crowd, a voting bloc she had pretty much locked up already. But will this sort of cynical attack on a Republican candidate help to cut into Obama's momentum in Texas?


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