01/10/2008 05:48 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Have Hillary and Obama Run Out Of Their Free Passes?

In this morning's New York Times, Gail Collins argues that Hillary got a free pass last Tuesday because she is a woman.

Women and men saw Hillary being picked on by Edwards and Obama during last Saturday nights' debate. Edwards' later comment - about tears being unsuitable for a politician - didn't help matters. The tabloid headlines said Clinton is "So Yesterday." Then those yahoos barged into her hall and demanded, " Iron My Shirt."

Many voters found this unfair and voted to give Hillary the win against all predictions.

Today Donna Brazile, a CNN political commentator, blasted Bill Clinton for belittling Obama's anti-war credentials after Clinton said, "give me a break; this is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." Brazile took umbrage and said, "As an African American these words and tone are very depressing."

Everyone wants a free pass these days.

The question of the day: Will the Woman's Card trump the Race Card?

On the other side, McCain was rambling and almost incoherent when he read his victory speech after New Hampshire (apparently he is just as bad when he ad libs). Will McCain get sympathy for his age - the Age Card? Or the War Hero Card?

Or thinking the unthinkable - is being a Woman or a Black man or ... Someone Who's Too Old ... too much of a handicap to win the Presidential Race?

All candidates have their Cards to play - and their tribes to play to: Catholics vote for Catholics, Italians support Italians. The Irish support the Irish. Jews will vote for Jews. On down the line.

I guess it depends on who you are and how you play your cards.

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