I know this poll would be impossible to cobble together with factual data, but I’d love to see how many of Hillary’s female voters self-identified as being “feminists” before her coronation derailed (going back to, I guess, her loss in Iowa or maybe her drubbing in South Carolina). Those are some numbers I’d enjoy perusing, because with some of the vile stuff I’m seeing written by female Clintonites about Michelle Obama, Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi and Claire McCaskill, I’m having a hard time buying this “womyn power” bullshit emanating from Hillary’s dead-enders.
In Clinton Land, only sexism counts. Last night on MSNBC someone from the Clinton campaign was being interviewed on MSNBC, and she was going on about how Barack Obama needs to speak out about sexism, and the interviewer — might have been Tweety — asked if Clinton was going to speak out about racism. And the Clinton campaigner sputtered and shuffled and clearly was caught off guard by the question.
The difference between the two campaigns, IMO, is that while there is all kinds of blatant sexism and racism out there –some of which is being expressed by partisans on both sides –I don’t see the Obama campaign cultivating sexism to win votes. I do, however, see the Clinton campaign cultivating racism (and one hell of a victim complex) to win votes.
And in answer to that question about Clinton speaking out about racism, no, she’s not.
FUN FACT: Obama beat Clinton among women in Oregon last night. This whole perception that nearly every female Democrat supports Hillary, created by foot-stomping and disingenuous pettiness like this, is exceptionally flimsy, but hopefully everyone but the dead-enders realizes that by now.
MORE: Jonathan Chait’s editorial in the LA Times is worth a read.
In an interview after church services in Bowling Green on Sunday, Clinton for the first time addressed what women have been talking about for months, what she refers to as the “sexist” treatment she has endured at the hands of the pundits, media and others. The lewd T-shirts. The man who shouted “Iron my shirt” at a campaign event. The references to her cleavage and her cackle.
“It’s been deeply offensive to millions of women,” Clinton said. “I believe this campaign has been a groundbreaker in a lot of ways. But it certainly has been challenging given some of the attitudes in the press, and I regret that, because I think it’s been really not worthy of the seriousness of the campaign and the historical nature of the two candidacies we have here.”
Later, when asked if she thinks this campaign has been racist, she says she does not. And she circles back to the sexism. “The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable, or at least more accepted, and . . . there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when it raises its ugly head,” she said. “It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the comments by people who are nothing but misogynists.”
To everyone who thinks Obama needs to apologize for every sexist insult, real or imagined, directed at Hillary, I guess it’s okay for him to say that this campaign hasn’t been sexist.
One of the best new bloggers around, Betty Cracker, utterly demolishes faux-Democrats Mushy and Flowbee here and here. How can you not love a writer who comes up with lines like “pretty soon we’ll be farting through silk here at the Cracker Compound”? Just go read ‘em.
I believe that Barack Obama is a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history. Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support.
Oh..damn, Byrd endorsed BO? Oh I forgot, you ONLY have to follow the vote of your state or district IF it went for BO, if it went for Clinton, the rule dones’t apply.
Anyway. I think Byrd also fears his endorsing tech WHITE candidate would bring up more mention of his KKK days.
Rima | 05.19.2008 - 1:35 pm
I think it’s about racism and proving he’s not racist. Byrd was a Klansman. From wikipedia:
Participation in the Ku Klux Klan
In 1942, 24-year-old Byrd joined the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), whose parades in Matoaka, West Virginia, he had witnessed in his childhood. He was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops, or leader, of his local chapter.
Enviro | 05.19.2008 - 1:37 pm
I guess we can thank the Clinton campaign for throwing a few sticks of dumb-seeking dynamite into the progressive pond and helping us skim off the supremely un-Democratic and dull-eyed detritus.
Tens of thousands jammed Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland on Sunday to watch Sen. Barack Obama wrap up a busy weekend in Oregon and a historic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Portland Fire Bureau estimated the crowd at 72,000. About 60,000 squeezed inside the gates, and 12,000 watched from outside.
With two days left until the primary election, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton continued her campaigning in Kentucky on May 18, this time stopping in Bowling Green.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life came together today to support Clinton and to get an up close look at the former First Lady.
And this quote from the article in The Oregonian gave me a chuckle:
“I actually didn’t vote for Obama,” said Tita Compere, 25, who spent 10 hours Saturday volunteering for Clinton’s campaign. But Compere was impressed by the crowd’s diversity, something she felt was lacking in Clinton’s televised Friday night event. “It was just 40-year-old white women,” she said.
Today, when a hip band allows Outback Steakhouse to co-opt one of their most beloved songs, Millennials don’t call it selling out. It’s a cogent business decision. To Millennials, it’s perfectly acceptable to transform the lyric “Let’s pretend we don’t exist / Let’s pretend we’re in Antarctica” into the jingle “Let’s go Outback tonight / Life will still be there tomorrow.” (Et tu, Of Montreal.)
Perhaps most troubling, the Millennials have effectively transformed the no-logo idealism of Gen X into the mantra “no logo except Apple.” Embracing “hip” brands is what often passes for cool with today’s trendsetters. Still, boomers continue to debase the values of my “downbeat” and “cynical” generation, perhaps tricked into thinking they have more in common with the Millennials since ponchos and hippie beards have become popular once again.
I’ve been suffering through a bit of blogging burnout lately and its root cause is that I’ve been exposing (and getting exposed to) utterly repugnant wingnut-like crap like this from rabid anti-Obama Hillshills longer than just about anyone out there in the blogosneer. There’s a point when you realize that slowing down to stare at Clinton clown car crashes is, at its core, a slightly grotesque and depressing hobby to engage in. I’ve got a longer, lay-waste-to-everything post left in me that I’ll probably be rolling out in the near future, but for now I’m just going to leave you with this:
Because today, that’s how I’m gonna roll. Go with the flowbee.