Monday, January 28, 2008

From the New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women: (emp add)
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.

And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America,, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.

“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
Make no mistake about it, this kind of identity politics will be a significant factor this year.

If you're interested in more commentary like that, check out NY NOW's Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President.


Amazing, thanks for posting that. Note the incredibly overheated hyperbolic rhetoric from an organization (not a lone wacko commenter like me):

"ultimate betrayal"
"greatest betrayal"
"Psychological gang bang"

I think you may have found a nexus that helps explain some of the overheated rhetoric in pro-Hillary comments. It's what I used to hear from the most radical feminist types in the days of (what I'd call) paleo-feminism in the seventies. It made it hard for me , a feminist-sympathetic male, to dispute claims that they were strident.

Also, youre right -- there is a huge gender gap now, in Hillary' favor. One Cali poll I saw said she was up 30+ among women, Obama was up 9 among men: a 40 + point gender gap.

Also, in a prior post you mention MSNBC having Hillary and Obama on this evening. I flipped back and forth between that and CNN. CNN had Obama on but Anderson Cooper said that "literally at the last minute" Hillary cancelled plans to do a post-SOTU interview on their network. I believe Cooper said that it was without explanation.

By Blogger riffle, at 1/28/2008 9:43 PM  

Perhaps Ted Kennedy's wing of the Kennedy Klan is concerned that it may be challenged by a developing Clinton Clan for future elections. The Bobby Kennedy wing of the Kennedy Klan in supporting Hillary perhaps has its eyes on her Senate seat for one of its members. So consider whether there is a Klan Klash between these two Kennedy Klans. Perhaps Ted's wing was concerned that Bobby's wing came out early for Clinton, putting Ted's wing in the background as "undecided." These are political turf wars that may be the Republicans' last gasp for success this November. Keep in mind what Will Rogers said years ago: "I am not a member of an organized political party; I am a Democrat."

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 1/29/2008 4:02 AM  

It's about Iraq, ladies.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/29/2008 7:42 AM  

I'm an ex-member of NOW (due to the way they treated the race/sex issue after the OJ Simpson murder case).

This is NUTS!

I'm wavering between Clinton and Obama, but fear-mongering like this is not going to scare me into supporting Clinton.

By Blogger Laurie Mann, at 1/29/2008 1:29 PM  

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