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Is it sexist to ask how Clinton's grandkid will affect 2016?

Hillary Clinton Grandma Talk: Is There A Double Standard?

You've probably heard by now Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child. And odds are you've also probably heard some of this.

From CNN, "As Chelsea gets ready for motherhood, political circles are buzzing about how this might affect a potential Hillary Clinton run for president."

And MSNBC, "Could a baby in the Clinton family take Hillary out of politics?"

"Can we talk about the human drama that is Grandma Clinton?"

Of course, Clinton hasn't even said whether she'll run in 2016, but that hasn't stopped the speculation over how her daughter's pregnancy might affect her shot at the White House.

A writer at Time mused "the grandma card" could prove useful.

The Wall Street Journal suggested it would help with "softening [her] image."

Whereas Politico's Alexander Burns theorized Clinton's future-grandma status "may make the Iowa State Fair a less appealing place to spend the summer of 2015."

While the pundits debate what political ramifications Clinton's grandchild might have on her career, they've prompted an entirely new discussion: Would the same question ever be asked of a male politician?

Certainly in 2012 Mitt Romney didn't face the same scrutiny - despite welcoming his 22nd grandchild on the campaign trail. Probably because being president and being a grandparent obviously are not mutually exclusive.

So, why bring politics into what's otherwise an exciting time for Hillary Clinton and her family? Some would argue there's an element of sexism at play.

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Ed Knafelc April 20 2014 at 11:30 AM

It is disrespectful to the concept of family and the humanity of life. "Politification" of a grandparents postiion in life is a continued degradation of our American way of life.

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smjonz April 20 2014 at 9:19 AM

I asked my German husband this question. He said, "No, it's stupid!" I cracked up.

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Rogell April 20 2014 at 9:59 AM

In response to the author's comment about how a grandchild will affect Hillary's status as president, why not simply wait until her grandchild is born before asking such an asnine question. I can wait; therefore, why can't you?

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invmartyc April 20 2014 at 6:11 PM

Would you ask a man the same question? Well, your answer determines if you are or not. I suspect you would never ask a man that question and that it is sexist.

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Chris April 19 2014 at 11:32 PM


Next stupid question, please.

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notorious6 April 19 2014 at 11:50 PM

This is ridiculous. Would you ask a man how his grandkid would affect his election.

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Harry April 20 2014 at 3:59 PM

Of course it is, but just about everything man says and think about women is sexist.

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Tina April 20 2014 at 12:36 PM

Would the question be asked if she were a man?

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mclkarim Tina April 20 2014 at 1:45 PM

She is not a man. She is a mother and will be a grandmother.

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chigpot mclkarim April 20 2014 at 5:09 PM

Whoosh! Here's your sign.

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sagolfermanjohn April 20 2014 at 2:40 PM

People Magazine strikes again.

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weeziebathome April 20 2014 at 12:32 PM

This is her only child having her first baby. It's a happy time, folks. That is spelled H A P P Y.

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mclkarim weeziebathome April 20 2014 at 1:47 PM

You got it. I can't wait until I become a Grandma!

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