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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Double Standard Alive and Well on the Campaign Trail?

Anti-Hillary T-Shirt

Hillary seems to draw highly negative and very personal comments. I wonder if this doesn't say more about her detractors than it does about her. What if we were to make fun of Obama's race or McCain's prison days, or Romney's Mormon faith? Wouldn't that say more about who we are than who they are? When some clown shouted at Hillary, "Iron my shirt.", the media treated it like a big laugh. Suppose someone were to yell at Obama, "Shine my shoes." or held up the kind of sandals McCain wore as a POW at one of his campaign stops, or yelled at Romney, "Is your Mormon underwear boxers or briefs?" We would be outraged, justifiably so. We'd also condemn the heckler rather than the candidate. I find it interesting that when it's directed at Hillary, it's just good political humor.

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