"I’m supporting Senator Clinton because... she has... an unprecedented eight years of on-the-job training in the White House"
Which is it? Either women (with Hillary as their proxy) had eight years of access to power and there is much less of a women's crisis of empowerment than we might imagine, or those eight years don't count, in which case, why mention them?
And what is Ms. Steinem's longer term goal here? Does she hope to inspire a generation of young women to take their education seriously and pursue careers? Too late - high school girls already get better grades than boys, women outnumber men in college, and (Hey there pretty New York City girl), economic parity is on the way.
Who thinks similar evidence can be found for the black community, especially the young black men Obama might inspire?
Let me toss in a related rant here - Obama's election will be the worst thing ever to happen to the race-grievance politicos like Al Sharpton (Go, Obama!), but it may also be a bad thing for the black community. Why? Because it will allow a premature declaration of "Mission Accomplished" on the question of racial reconciliation in America.
Consider the current environment as seen from the left. We have an illegal immigration situation where young Hispanics cross a thousand miles of wilderness and desert to look for work in a racist, nativist, xenophobic society where they don't even speak the dominant language. Yet not only do these immigrants find work, but they don't want to leave.
But a young black fellow on the stoop in Detroit can't find a job because The Man and The System are keeping him down. Please - how long can that pretense be maintained? We locked up the Japanese in internment camps a mere sixty years ago, yet the Japanese in America today are wildly successful. When did America have some moment of national reconciliation with the Japanese - was it nuking Hiroshima, maybe?
If Obama is elected it will be even easier for white America to consider the problem of racism in America to be solved. And keep in mind that blacks have been eclipsed by Hispanics as the largest minority in America, which will provide yet another impetus to Move On from the problems facing black America.
Obama's ascent may provide some real resolution to the perception and reality of racism in America. Or it may change only the perception. If I were some sort of strategist for "the black community" (which is surely not monolithic but almost certainly not so diverse as to enlist me as their spokesguy) I would have deeply mixed feelings about Obama.
However! I would not have those feelings today. Go Obama! Go Away, Hillary!