Sometimes It's Hard To Be A Woman
The absence of Oprah Winfrey from the frantic four last days of the New Hampshire primary campaign after her heavy schedule in Iowa backing Sen. Barack Obama may be traced to heavy, unaccustomed post-Iowa abuse of the popular entertainment superstar by women.
Winfrey did not publicize it, but her Website was swamped with complaints after she went to Iowa. The principal complaint was that she betrayed women by not supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton. The criticism was described as personal.
Several of these critics identified themselves as African-Americans, indicating that gender is more important than race for many people.
So reports Robert Novak at RCP.
If we're not careful here, we might draw the conclusion that women are an emotional bunch, putting symbolism ahead of substance ... but that would require saying "Obama" and "substance" in the same sentence.