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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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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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dkodmdms April 20 2014 at 12:23 PM

Agree this question should not even come up.
Why CNN would bring up (or someone else) is ridiculous. But that is the state of ALL politics, not just Dem or Rep......as pointed out by bigoted comments below......"white? "Ugly kid?"

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Your Excellency April 20 2014 at 4:00 PM

I don't see how being a grandmother automatically "softens" a woman's image. After all, Ma Barker was a grandma.

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hattie54 Your Excellency April 20 2014 at 4:46 PM

Ma Barker was one ugly woman!!!! Ugh!!!

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orpheusintl April 20 2014 at 12:27 PM

Iklex, and any other male chauvinist p...s out there! Women whine for a good reason, because for thousands of years, men not only denied them legal rights, they bought and sold them in loveless marriages, slavery or prostitution. Being larger and more muscular, men used their physical power to abuse, rape and kill women over the ages. Do you know any facts or history? 1 in 4 women is abused or murdered by a man everywhere on the planet every day. For thousands of years under patriarchies, women had NO legal rights. They were relegated to servants, slaves, sexual property and breeders. New Zealand and Finland were the first countries ca. 1910, that gave women equal rights. The Brtish and US suffragettes didn´t achieve legal rights to vote and attend university until 1918, after suffering political and personal abuse as well as imprisonment and force feeding through the nose when they were imprisoned for demanding to be considered adults and legal citizens with the same rights as men. Do you ever think about the fact that neither you nor any other creature on the planet would be alive without a mother? Only the female sex carries children in their own bodies, feeds them with their own milk, and raises them til they are independent. Had life depended on males, all life would have ceased existing multi-millions of years ago. Males are not only not constructed by nature to carry and bear offspring, they haven´t the innate love or patience to do so. Men have been too busy over the patriarchal millennia making war, weapons, killing, stealing and cheating others..which they call "good business". There are good, loving males, but they are the minority. Most are, in some way, involved with warmaking or business double-dealing. Learn your history and your facts. Now the Neanderthal repubs are trying to take away women´s hard won rights, and return them to the caveman days. In war after war over the millennia men have killed multi-millions of humans. Now, they´re killing ever more with drones, gasses, and deadly bombs. Read the book entitled: "Men, Natural Born Killers".

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a1623yankee April 20 2014 at 3:23 PM

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

Someone please explain to me why this incredibly stupid and ignorant question was even asked.

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fourthbn a1623yankee April 20 2014 at 3:44 PM

Boxers OR Briefs???

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Chris April 19 2014 at 11:32 PM


Next stupid question, please.

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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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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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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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