Barack Obama is the democrats' choice to run against McCain in the American election, but as yet Hillary Rodham Clinton has yet to concede. Some debate in the States continues around whether the sexism of the media coverage of Clinton's campaign has significantly impacted her chances of selection, but the discussion is fairly anodyne (except in the blogosphere), with most MSM commentators pointing towards bad advice, her failed rhetoric of being an old hand in politics, and the times she was caught out, particularly in relation to her claims about being under sniper-fire during a visit to Bosnia.
I remain of the opinion that the very fact of Clinton running has probably caused many people in a bunch of places to change their thinking on who can participate in national politics and in what capacity. However I was sent this link to a feminist law professor blog in the States that points out that Clinton has become a lightening rod for a sustained round of misogyny, and speculates that this will now find targets in other women in the political system like Michelle Obama, Barack's wife.
Do I think this is a possible outcome? Hell yes. Do I think that Clinton shouldn't have run or that she's made the situation somehow worse? Hell no. Do I think we need to look at the issues of sexism (and racism) that raised their heads in this campaign? Abso-bloody-lutely. If I had a vote, I wouldn't give it to Clinton, but she put her head over the parapet for this and that's something we should all salute.