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Hillary Clinton didn’t lose in ’08 because she was a woman

Which is what I heard a talking head say earlier on CNN, a conclusion I fear will become repeated as fact.

Sexism, like racism, is still alive, but waning. But it didn’t keep Hillary from the presidency in 2008.

It was her unsubtle sense of entitlement, along with the clumsy attempts by her and her husband to divide the race with Obama on race, that doomed Hillary.

If that sounds harsh, look at the argument she made Wednesday, in an interview with USA Today, as to why she should be the nominee instead of Barack Obama. She cited an Associated Press article “that found how Senator Obama’s support . . . among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again. I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.” …

Let’s examine those premises. These are white Democrats we’re talking about, voters who generally share the party’s philosophy. So why would these Democrats refuse to vote for a nominee running on Democratic principles against a self-described conservative Republican? The answer, which Clinton implies but doesn’t quite come out and say, is that Obama is black — and that white people who are not wealthy are irredeemably racist.

Well, she did win Sarah Palin’s support.

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