Letter of the Week, Jan. 13

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

I have been both dismayed and interested in the explanation for Sen. Hillary Clinton's victory in the New Hampshire Primary provided by the so-called national pundits.

These same pundits already had written Clinton's political obituary after the Iowa Caucus and were predicting that her real "political death" would be delivered by the New Hampshire voters. When this did not occur, these pundits and others quickly had to provide an explanation for her victory.

Perhaps not surprising, rather than focus on Clinton's positive attributes and qualifications - her intelligence, proven competence, varied and pertinent political experiences - these press people resorted to a stereotypical explanation, i.e., her "tears."

Not only is this demeaning to Clinton, it also is insulting to the large number of females who voted for her. When will female political candidates, particularly at the national level, be able to overcome what appears to be a deep-seated sexism in our culture and especially among many members of the media, primarily columnists and pundits, most of who are male?

I continue to hope (perhaps naively) that sexism will lessen and that national political candidates will be treated the same regardless of their gender.

Phyllis M. Meek,


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