MISCELLANEOUS: Chelsea Clinton pregnancy, "political ramifications"?, commentary (Robin Abcarian): "Political ramifications to Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy? Oh come on" ....
***Following up on earlier item noted here (various reorts, announcement, Chelsea Clinton pregnancy)....
* Los Angeles Times (Robin Abcarian): "Political ramifications to Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy? Oh come on." - From the LAT:
So, what are the political ramifications of Hillary Clinton’s impending grandmotherhood?
No, seriously. Stop snorting. New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin put it out there Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
In a segment about Clinton's approval ratings, roughly equal today to what they were when she first ran for president in 2007, "Morning Joe" panelists were discussing the role that immigration reform might play in the 2016 campaign when Sorkin abruptly changed the subject:
“Can we talk about the human drama that is Grandma Clinton?” he said, starting at 3:20 in the clip above. “I don’t want to be cynical--I am not suggesting anyone’s having a baby for election purposes, but I think this—no, no--I’m just saying.”
Sorkin evidently does not cover politics much, or he might have been wary of blundering into gender quicksand two weeks after Hillary Clinton made headlines at a women's conference in New York when she reiterated that the double standard facing women candidates is alive and well.
"Morning Joe" panelist and political reporter John Heilemann mocked Sorkin: “I’m not suggesting that, but I will say it on the air.”
Sorkin, in a defensive crouch that only got crouchier as the segment went on.........................