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Friday, June 13, 2008

Sexism, Clinton and the Kennedy Comparison




When you go back and look at the coverage of the 1960 election -- as I did for my book "The Kennedys; America's Emerald Kings" -- it's surprising how much in-your-face bigotry that John F. Kennedy endured because of his Catholic religion, particularly by today's standards. In many ways, he was the Jackie Robinson of presidential politics, a model example for others in how to overcome historic barriers. In 2008, the Democrats offered several candidates who would be a similar "first" if elected to the presidency -- Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Hillary Clinton. With Clinton's departure from the race, there's now a lot of reflection about the sexism that she faced. Here's a comment from CBS news anchor Katie Couric.