What is the most important thing about Hillary Clinton as a potential Democratic candidate for the Presidency? What is the first thing that springs to everone's mind?
Yes. You got it in one.
My personal view - with which you are free to disagree, especially as I might be completely wrong - is that Hillary Clinton is a totally unsuitable person to be the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
But she is a woman, isn't she?, so I am in a very dodgy position if I oppose her candidacy.
Well no, not really. I am paying her the compliment of not thinking about her gender, but about her unsuitability for the job.
I've also ranted about race issues in the same vein. If you believe - as our damned Commission for Racial Equality believes - that the most important fact about a person is their ethnicity, we will get nowhere. Not only will we get nowhere, we will perpetuate racism by being racialist, if you see what I mean.
I want the freedom and the right to assess a person as a saint or a sinner, as a good egg or an asshole, on the basis of their performance as a human being, not on the basis of their gender, wealth, race, religion, nose shape or hair colour.
I don't rate my chances, though, in the present climate.