Sorry Ms. Clinton

A few days ago, this picture surfaced of “Hillary Clinton” being groped by Jon Favreau, President-elect Obama’s chief speechwriter.  After the photo made it to Facebook and then to the Washington Post, Favreau predictably apologized.  Clinton apparently shrugged off the incident, even making a joke through an adviser that “Sen. Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application.”

In an interesting editorial, CNN’s Campbell Brown criticized not Favreau but Clinton, whom she attacks for “changing her tune on sexism.”  Brown writes: “She made a point of calling people out during the campaign, and for that, she became a hero to millions of women. But now, the campaign is over.  She is joining Team Obama, and, apparently, this photo of her likeness being groped by another key member of Obama’s team doesn’t bother her a bit. Just good-natured fun, or so her spokesman says. [But] put another woman in that photo, just an average woman who supported you during the campaign. Have it be her image being degraded by a colleague of hers. Would you be OK with that?”

I don’t think the photo does a lot of harm, and I can understand even more that Clinton ought not be ruffling feathers in a time where there needs to be a show of unity amongst Democrats.  However, I do also buy Brown’s point that for her, it’s a pretty extreme double standard.

Does Clinton, champion of all things women, have to remain the defender of that title?  Is she “slipping” by not acting out now that she’s been inducted into the Obama inner circle?  Is it just a harmless photo that didn’t warrant any attention?  Or is Clinton making some major character compromises?


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