After a lifetime spent identifying herself as a feminist, Gloria Steinem essentially concedes in today’s International Herald Tribune that racial and gender identity has little — and should have little — to do with political decisionmaking.

At least, that’s what she must be saying, since she justifies the left’s refusal to support either Justice Thomas or Elizabeth Dole.

What remains after such a major concession?  Nothing but the fact that “feminism” and other racial politics have been nothing but a tool used by the left in order to bolster liberal candidates, while being black or a woman is easily ignored when conservative (or Republican) beliefs accompany it.

We all knew it . . . it’s just nice to have one of 70’s feminism’s founding mothers admitting that it was always less about gender than about left wing ideology.