Thomas Sowell

We need to keep that in mind today and not let Hillary escape responsibility for what her surrogates do.

At the same time, we need not let the radical feminists get away with depicting Hillary Clinton as representing some potential breakthrough for the independent woman.

When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of Britain, she did not do it by riding on her husband's coattails. Neither did Indira Gandhi in India, Golda Meier in Israel or other women who rose to be leaders of their countries in other parts of the world.

The whole bean-counting mentality -- the first woman, the first black, the first this, the first that -- is an unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgence at a time when Americans may soon be facing nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists.

At a time like this, we need the best qualified people at the top, whether they are Asian-American women, left-handed Hispanics or whatever.

Obama's win in Iowa signalled that many Americans seem to feel the same way. The Clintons' attempts to bring us back to bean counting is only the latest in a long series of their disservices to this country.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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