Like how race trumps gender in American politics:
How come Roland Burris has had such an easy time getting to the U.S. Senate while Caroline Kennedy has had such a hard time?
Could it be that the race card trumps the gender card in U.S. politics?
Well, yes. It could be.
From there, Roger Simon argues that Roland Burris's seating in the Senate, when compared to the hard time Caroline Kennendy is having, shows that race is more of a concern in politics. Man listen, I think Bobby Rush did more to hurt Roland Burris than Blago did. Burris had the law on his side, and Rush through out something that will come back and kill Burris in 2010, and Democrats at large. If I were a Republican, I would have Roland Burris right in my crosshairs. I also think Rush's invocation of God and the CRM were disgusting.
But this Simon columnn is the sort of piece that trivializes media. The dude sucks all complexity from the issue. Never mind who Caroline Kennedy is. Never mind that Burris is a career politician. Never mind the specific politics of Illinois and New York. Indeed, never mind that the New York govenor has yet to appoint anyone...
Caroline Kennedy got asked serious questions about serious issues, and some thought her answers were vague and inarticulate. Fair enough.
But how come she got asked them and Roland Burris did not?
In the end, Caroline Kennedy may get appointed to the Senate. But if she is, it won't be because her supporters played the gender card.
And that's because there is no such card to play.
Ugh. What a disrespectful peice of writing. Let's not evaluate people on their unique situations and merits. Let's just toss them in broad categories and write about that.