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Opening Arguments

Too male, too pale

For the "live by the sword, die by the sword" files, a backer of Sen. John Edwards has a complaint:

Accusing the media of framing the campaign as a two-way race between a female and an African-American candidate, state Sen. Peter Burling described Edwards as the victim of pundits' discomfort with a three-way contest. "The national press has kind of a herd mentality," said Burling, a Cornish Democrat and longtime supporter of Edwards. "They decided about a year ago that this was about Senator Clinton against Senator Obama."

And if the press had a "herd mentality" about race and gender, who shepherded it into that mindset but the liberals of the Democratic Party? If Edwards is too pale and too male to meet their qualifications for president, I don't want to hear their whining. A phrase comes to mind. It starts with "hoist" and ends with "petard."


Fri, 02/01/2008 - 11:22am

I think the pronouns get a bit troublesome in this context. The "they" that played up the race and gender stuff might not be the same "they" that liked Edwards or who are being hoist.

(Meaningless side note: for the longest time, I thought a petard was like one of those long medieval spears and those who got hoist on their own petard were basically being lifted up on one of those spears. Turns out a "petard" was a small medieval bomb. Basically, 'hoist on your own petard' means that you're getting blown up by your own dynamite.)

Bob G.
Fri, 02/01/2008 - 12:55pm

Or shooting oneself in the foot....!


A J Bogle
Fri, 02/01/2008 - 7:16pm

The press has been too consumed by the circus surrounding Obama and Hillary to pay any attn to the substantive candidtates.