THE BLOG
02/26/2008 04:45 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

One is the Loneliest Number

From The Hill's Pundit Blog:

Hillary Clinton, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, implied today that she has been treated differently in this campaign because she is a woman. While I know sexism exists and is a sad part of our society, I challenge the notion that somehow it's easier for an African-American candidate than a female one.

There are currently 14 female U.S. senators: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). There is currently a single African-American senator, Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is only the third elected since Reconstruction.

There are currently eight female governors in America: Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii), Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.), Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.), Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.), Kathleen Blanco (D-La.), M. Jodi Rell (R-Conn.), Christine Gregoire (D-Wash.), and Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). There is currently a single African-American governor, Deval Patrick (D-Mass.).

Women have been elected statewide all over the country, including in many states that Hillary Clinton lost. She didn't lose those primaries because she's a woman, she lost them because her message doesn't resonate with voters. To say it any other way is a cheap play of the gender card. Shame on YOU, Hillary.