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.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.