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October 14, 2010

Your Turn: McMahon, Gender Politics (and More?)

Jessica Hill / AP

Jessica Hill / AP

Having used all the ink/pixels they are going to spill/spend on the eccentricities of GOP insurgents (a victory in itself for the novice extremists), the NYT featured this photo this morning on the home page and Politics page of World Wrestling mogul, Linda McMahon.  Apparently, the candidate is having trouble connecting with women.

How much of the problem do you see in the photo, what exactly is the message given the shopper on the right, and, how responsible is it to focus strictly on gender politics with a photo shot in a Spanish supermarket?

Times article: Female Candidate Finds Tough Audience: Women

(NYT caption: Linda McMahon toured a Spanish supermarket in New Haven, Conn., in September. AP caption: In this Sept. 23, 2010 photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon tours a Spanish supermarket in New Haven, Conn. This election season, McMahon and other wealthy newcomers _ such as Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO and the Republican candidate for governor in California, and Rick Scott, Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate and former head of Columbia/HCA health care company, have spent millions on consultants who handle everything from television and direct mail advertising to advice on economic policy.)

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