3:38 PM, Dec 8, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
We keep hearing that the grownups are back in charge, but not everybody is convinced. The Daily Beast, for example, gets its panties in a bunch at the "The Hillary Groping Incident And Other Signs We're Back in 1950." Apparently the pictures showing Obama's 27-year-old chief speechwriter Jon Favreau groping a cardboard cutout of Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton struck a nerve:
Actually, the Obama campaign did have kind of a "boys club" feel to it. Back in the Democratic primary, there were a number of statements from Obama that raised eyebrows. Obama said of Clinton, "You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out." Obama talked about how Clinton was "periodically" feeling down. The ever sensitive Jake Tapper was spurred to ask whether Obama was "using sexist language" in his attacks on Clinton. Perhaps Obama was a bad influence on the younger, more impressionable Favreau.
Still, since this episode has become a bit of a "distraction," maybe it would be prudent of Obama to remove Favreau. As Ryan Lizza quotes Obama in a recent issue of the New Yorker, our president-elect doesn't really need the help anyway: