Today’s “Reckoning”

More “reckoning” on this morning’s Today Show (“The Gender Factor: Did being a woman hurt Clinton?”) in which another one of those pleasingly simple (TV-friendly!) either/or’s is presented by host Meredith Vieira (and shot down by her guests):

Vieira: If [Hillary Clinton] loses, will it be because she’s a woman or the particular woman she is?

Rachel Maddow: Depends on who you ask.

Geraldine Ferraro: That’s right.

Maddow: It’s in the eye of the beholder to a certain extent.

Ferraro: That’s right.

Maddow: I think racism and sexism inflect the way we see everyone in this country, including a poli-sci quantitative assessment on whether that’s the reason this ended this way or not. We’ll never know.

Vieira: This conversation will continue long after the election…

And that’s a promise.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.