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Clinton: Did gender help or hurt?

The post-mortems continue… The New York Times looks at the role of gender. "Along with the usual post-mortems about strategy, message and money, Mrs. Clinton's all-but-certain defeat brings with it a reckoning about what her run represents for women: a historic if incomplete triumph or a depressing reminder of why few pursue high office in the first place. The answers have immediate political implications. If many of Mrs. Clinton's legions of female supporters believe she was undone even in part by gender discrimination, how eagerly will they embrace Senator Barack Obama, the man who beat her?"

More: "'When people look at the arc of the campaign, it will be seen that being a woman, in the end, was not a detriment and if anything it was a help to her,' the presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said in an interview. Mrs. Clinton's campaign is faltering, she added, because of 'strategic, tactical things that have nothing to do with her being a woman.'"

Also, don't miss this Geraldine Ferraro quote: "Ms. Ferraro, who clashed with the Obama campaign about whether she made a racially offensive remark, said she might not [vote for Obama] either. 'I think Obama was terribly sexist,' she said."

Here's another post-mortem from the New Republic's Michelle Cottle. It's a fascinating read of what went wrong in Hillaryland.

Had Clinton overtaken Obama -- thanks mostly to the nervousness of Dems about Obama's relationships with his pastor and '60s radicals like William Ayers -- would Clinton be facing criticism of her own '60s past? The Washington Post takes a look. "When Hillary Rodham Clinton questioned rival Barack Obama's ties to 1960s radicals, her comments baffled two retired Bay Area lawyers who knew Clinton in the summer of 1971 when she worked as an intern at a left-wing law firm in Oakland, Calif., that defended communists and Black Panthers. 'She's a hypocrite,' Doris B. Walker, 89, who was a member of the American Communist Party, said in an interview last week. 'She had to know who we were and what kinds of cases we were handling. We had a very left-wing reputation, including civil rights, constitutional law, racist problems.'"

"Malcolm Burnstein, 74, a partner at the firm who worked closely with Clinton during her internship, said he was traveling in Pennsylvania in April when Clinton attacked Obama for his past interactions with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, members of Students for a Democratic Society who went on to found the bomb-making Weather Underground. 'Given her background, it was quite hypocritical,' Burnstein said. 'I almost called the Philadelphia Inquirer. I saw what she and her campaign were saying about Ayers and I thought, "Well, if you're going to talk about that totally bit of irrelevant nonsense, I'll talk about your career with us."'"