McCain Doesn’t Get It: Women are not that stupid.
Maybe he was sick of the lack of media attention…maybe he had enough of the late night talk show hosts poking fun at his age…maybe he realized that belonging to a party that has been associated with rich, white men was not going to connect with voters in this historical election year. Or maybe he was just ready to take back some of the spotlight that has shined so brightly on Barack Obama and the Democrats since the beginning of the Democratic convention. Desperation can motivate people to make some pretty cynical and hypocritical decisions. Whatever the reason, John McCain’s Hail Mary– in the form of Vice Presidential pick Governor Sarah Palin–sent a very clear message to America about how he views female voters. Women, he thinks, will vote another woman into office regardless of the candidate’s values, experience and political positions.
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Not Every Woman Supports Women’s Rights
August 29, 2008
Statement of NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick
Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest.
Gov. Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women’s rights, just like John McCain.
The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women. But will Palin speak FOR women? Based on her record and her stated positions, the answer is clearly No.
In a gubernatorial debate, Palin stated emphatically that her opposition to abortion was so great, so total, that even if her teenage daughter was impregnated by a rapist, she would “choose life” — meaning apparently that she would not permit her daughter to have an abortion.
Palin also had to withdraw her appointment of a top public safety commissioner who had been reprimanded for sexual harassment, although Palin had been warned about his background through letters by the sexual harassment complainant.
What McCain does not understand is that women supported Hillary Clinton not just because she was a woman, but because she was a champion on their issues. They will surely not find Sarah Palin to be an advocate for women.
Sen. Joe Biden is the VP candidate who appeals to women, with his authorship and championing of landmark domestic violence legislation, support for pay equity, and advocacy for women around the world.
Finally, as the chair of NOW’s Political Action Committee, I am frequently asked whether NOW supports women candidates just because they are women. This gives me an opportunity to once again answer that question with an emphatic ‘No.’ We recognize the importance of having women’s rights supporters at every level but, like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women’s rights.
Subject: Fwd: FW: Suffragettes
Date: August 6, 2008 1:25:12 PM CDT
Sis sent me this appalling bit of American history…
As old as I am, I do not recall learning this! How nice that we are able to “forget” the past; how unfortunate that this history is not taught so convincingly that we are not able to forget the past…..
This is the story of our Grandmothers, and Great-grandmothers, as they lived only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’
They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won’t vote this year because–why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use–or don’t use–my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’
HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order. It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.
History is being made.
Here’s a few things I’m not hearing discussed…
1.) Experienced insight into the Office of the Presidency-The fact of the matter is that for the entire 8 years of Bill Clinton’s Presidency, Hillary was in daily contact with the President of the United States. Who else can claim such a ring side seat to the top leadership position? Who wouldn’t put that at the top of the resume if they too could claim such a thing? Who else could? The Vice President?…The White House Chief of Staff? No, She had access on all of his off hours too so I’m sure even they couldn’t claim such first hand, one on one access.
2.) Fairness-Barrack Obama may be a qualified candidate but he has not been given the scrutiny he deserves for one seeking the highest office. BOTH the right and the left AND THE MEDIA have been so busy going after Hillary they have given him the benefit of the doubt. Just this past week the issue came up about his minister. He says he didn’t hear those things sitting in the pew listening to him for 20 years. Really? No idea he felt that way? Hmmmmmmm.
3.) Strategy- I hear a lot about how the so called “Clinton Machine” is using unfair tactics in the campaign. What could be more unfair than to attack someone and then tie their hands behind their back so they can’t fight back or defend themselves? Every time Hillary responds to an Obama attack she’s “tearing the party apart,” or “giving the Republicans ammunition.” So what’s she supposed to do? Just shut up and go away? I don’t think so campers….
Fight for it Hillary with everything you’ve got. I’ll stand by you. This country is worth it.
He calls private security forces “unaccountable” but may use them in Iraq. Hillary on the other hand has said she will not. The reporter on this story is the one that wrote the book on BLACKWATER and so I take what he has to say on the matter VERY seriously. President Eisenhower warned us about the rising military industrial complex and what it would do to our democracy. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/ike.htm
Private companies like Blackwater are profiting from this war and what these candidates plan to do about it matters to me…
I wish the Hillary vs. Obama race would hurry up and end so we could put all the energy into beating this guy…
I just love this 🙂
Have a great primary day Senator Clinton!
Go watch the video about this case…everyone needs to know about this-Val
At the heart of the case of imprisoned former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman are charges that he was railroaded by Karl Rove and the Republican Party. MSNBC host Dan Abrams has become a passionate advocate for Siegelman’s cause, and in an extended segment on Wednesday’s program, he examined various aspects of this allegation.
This is a letter from people working for Hillary Clinton in response to a New York Times article. The Times wouldn’t print their response. I’m sick of the News Media and the Press in so far as their role in the election process. For The People, By the People. We MUST get back to the democracy we are so quickly losing. It’s why media reform is one of the biggest issues to me and one I wish was discussed more by the candidates. Whoever is raising the most money is who the media will court because that money will be spent ON THE MEDIA IN ADS. They all have a financial interest in the outcome. It sucks and it is WRONG. Don’t believe what you see and hear. Go to the websites of the candidates and read their plans. Go to votesmart.org and read their voting records. Educate yourself and then vote for the one YOU think can undo the mess Bush and his cronies will be leaving whoever winds up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
To the Editor,
In regards to Patrick Healy’s story on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, “Somber Clinton Soldiers On as the Horizon Darkens”
The unnamed advisers and aides the story relies on speak for nobody but themselves.
The rest of us – thousands of her supporters, friends, members of her staff and volunteers – are working tirelessly each and every day and night, because we believe in Hillary. We believe she will win the nomination. We believe she will win in November. And we know she will make the best President of the United States.
Hillary is a voice for countless Americans across the country who need a champion, a problem solver, a president. That’s what she’s done her whole life. That’s what inspires us. Those of us who have had the honor of working for Hillary Clinton – as First Lady, as Senator, and as a candidate for the Presidency – are awed by her passion and her service. We all strive to live up to her example, to do our best every day to serve this nation.
Millions of Americans across the country have already cast their votes and made it clear that they want Hillary Clinton as their president. Millions more have yet to have their chance. These are the opinions and voices that matter.
Hillary Clinton staff & volunteers (Listed Alphabetically)
Huma Abedin, Barbara Adair, Emily Aden, Caroline Adler, Jonathan Adler, Jon Adrabi, Alexandra Agius, Nahiyan Ahmad, Edward Allen, Scott Andes, Mishan Araujo, Kat Atwater, Rob Bachmann, Angela Baker, Isaac Baker, Kate Balcerzak, Kris Balderston, William Ballard, Liza Ballantine, Erik Balsbaugh, Dave Barnhart, Nathan Barr, Sarah Barton, Katie Bassler, Kamyl Bazbaz, Kate Beale, Shaun Beaulac, Eric Bederman, Hank Bennett, Adrienne Lee Benson, Michelle Bensignor, Ronda Bernstein, Jay Biba, Nick Black, Eric Blackwell, Nina Blackwell, Andrew Bleeker, Lane H. Blumenfeld, Traci Blunt, Greg Bohne, Swathi Bojedla, Chad Bolduc, Fredrick Bolinder, Reva Bottles, Sari Bourne, Michael Brasher, Jackie Bray, Justin Brennan, Seth Bringman, Rickey Broadway, Erica Brooks, Alvin Brown, Catherine Brown, Christina Brown, Sasha Bruce, Justin Burchard, Case Button, Emily Buttrey, Colleen M. Byers, Emily Cain, Meredith Cabe, Jeannie Carlson, Tony Carrk, Jay Carson, Tronn Carson, Nick Casey, Carolyn Cavaness, Georgiana Cavendish, Guy Cecil, Michel Chaghouri, Theresa Chalhoub, Robin Chappelle, Daniel Felipe Chavez, Daniel Isaac Chavez, Catherine Chen, Brad Cheney, Dennis Cheng, Cynthia Cho, Lenore Cho, Lillian Choi, Pam Cicetti, Sarah Clark, Nick Clemons, Daniel Cloudt, Meagan Coffman, Dana Cohn, Caroline Cole, Ellen Connell, Marina Costabile, Sean T. Conway, Sam Cooper, Stephanie Coronado, Brynne Craig, Peter Daou, Darrin Davis, Stephanie Davis, Jon Davidson, Nicole Davison, Trevor Dean, Mary deBree, Elizabeth deGrazia Blumenfeld, Kristian De Meo, Mike Delany, Drew Densmore, Phillip de Souza, DiBartolomeo, Robert Dible, Allison DiRienzo, Alexander Djerassi, Mary Beth Dolecki, Ryan Donohue, Lorianne D’Orazio, Katie Dowd, Jonathan Drobis, Anna Dudek, Jay Dunn, Pam duPre’, Lauren Durham, Abe Dyk, Jessica Eaton, Dana Edelstein, Cleon Edwards, Nancy Eiring, Mo Elleithee, Katie Ellis, Adrienne Elrod, Will Elwood, Andrew English, Naomi A. Eskin, Miguel Espinoza, Daphne Evans, Leecia Eve, Chris Falvo, Benjamin Farley, Anne C. Fauvre, Matt Felan, Daniel Felipe Chavez, Lance Fiasconaro, Joseph Figueiredo, Rosalind Fink, Mike Firestone, Christopher Fitzgerald, Paige Fitzgerald, Ashley Floreen, Michael Florio, Larry Fogel, Sabra Foley, Scott Freda, Josh Friedman, Michael Fuchs, Kimberly Fulton, Bethany Gardiner-Smith, David Garten, Kathleen Gasperine, Ann Gavaghan, Paige Gebhardt, Sarah Gegenheimer, Ethan Gelber, Audrey Gelman, Stephanie Gent, Kate Geyer, Harold Gist, Olivia Gobert-Hicks, Adam Goers, Aaron Goldman, Joe Goldman, Rebecca Godlewicz, Aaron Goldman, Ana Gonzaga Bedayo, Jessica Gonzalez, Meghan Hays Goodman, Stefanie Goodsell, Matt Goodwin, Christopher Gowen, Laura Graham, Timmothy Green, Valerie Green, Doug Greven, Caroline Grier, Mandy Grunwald, Crystallyn Guest, Tulin Gurer, Nicole Haber, Carolyn Hahn, Jon Haines, Greg Hale, Carrie Hall, Patrick Hallahan, Sarah Hamilton, Diane Hamwi, Monica Hanley, Aaron Harris, Doug Hattaway, Maggie Havemann, Emily Hawkins, Clay Haynes, Meghan Hays Goodman, Catherine Hazelton, Christina Henderson, Eric Hersey, Karen Hicks, Elisabeth Hire, Melissa Ho, Trent Holbrook, Micah Honeycutt, Alex Hornbrook, Christie Houlihan, Jason Houser, Annie Hughes, Kathryn Hurlbut, Sarah Hurwitz, Dana Hyde, Brandon Hynes, Regine Irele, Walker Irving, Carmella Isabella, Christina Iskandar, Katie Jack, Darrell Jackson Jr., Nancy Jacobson, Rafi Jafri, Keya Jayaram, Irene Jefferson, Jordan Jiloty, Lauren Jiloty, Graeme Joeck, Keren Johnson, LaToya Johnson, Lily Johnson, Maia Johnson, Sean Johnson, Cassandra Jones, Monica Jordan, Michael Kanick, Lane Kasselman, Ioanna Kefala, Matthew Kehres, Connolly Keigher, Elizabeth Kelley, Dana Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Corley Kenna, Thomas Kerr, Michelle Kessler, Murad Khan, Yekyu Kim, Jarard Kings, Jaclyn Kinney, Sabrina Kirkwood, Barthelemy Kiss, Eric Kleinfeld, Ben Kobren, Brenda Kole, Chaitanya Komanduri, Meredith Kormes, Josh Kram, Thomas Kroeger, Michelle Krohn-Friedson, Laura Krolczyk, Jessia Krupke, Stephanie Kujawski, Lorna Kurdi, Erika Soto Lamb, Roger Lau, Betsy Lavender, Chris Lavery, Hyun J. Lee, Hilary Lefebvre Perry, Joyce Lenard, Michael Lenihan, Nicholas Lepham, Jeremy Lerman, Rebecca Leventhal, Lindsay Levin, Fabien Levy, Judi Levy, Mark I. Levy, Ann Lewis, Kidron Lewis, Judy Lichtman, Ricki Lieberman, Carly Lindauer, Arielle Linsky, Jon Lipshutz, Susan Liss, Lach Litwer, Emily Lockwood, Catherine Loeffelman, Phyllis Love, Jon Lovett, Bari Lurie, Matt Lurrie, Tamera Luzzatto, Dawn Mabery, Sharyn Magarian, Chad Maisel, Samantha Maltzman, Jamie Mannina, Jonathan Mantz, Lindsay Marsh, Capricia Marshall, Lindsey Marshall, Marlon Marshall, Mather Martin, Chelsea Maughan, David Mauro, Molly McAndrew, Michael McCray, Robert McDaniel, Cecil McDonald, Kevin McGhaw, Mary McKenna, Matt McKenna, Camellia Meehan, Ebony Meeks, Kelly Mehlenbacher, Sheila Menz, Nick Merrill, Susan Merrell, Luz Mendez, Noah Messing, Dana Messinger, Matt Michaelree, Michael Miller, Michaela Miller, Stephan H. Miller, Cheryl Mills, Kim Molstre, Mike Monroe, Nicole Montefusco, Lauren Montes, Robby Mook, Brie Moore, Minyon Moore, Linda Moore Forbes, Bobby Moran, Patricia Morris, Dana Morrissey, Dan Morocco, Kate Morrow, Shelly Moskwa, Annie Mullaly, Michael Muller, Tim Mulvey, Deirdre Murphy, Maxwell Nacheman, Bob J Nash, Erika Nelson, David Nerio, Sarah Nolan, Jed Ober, Jessica O’Connell, Eric Oginsky, Daniel O’Hara, Johna Ohtagaki, James Orintas, Gina Ormand, Brendan O’Sullivan, Mildred Otero, Yaël Ouzillou, Saskia Pallais, Maura Pally, Andrea Palm, Nick Panagopolous, Katie Parker, Adam Parkhomenko, Jennifer Parsons, Amee Patel, Shraddha Patel Tewary, Jon Patsavos, Amelia Pelly, Laura Pena, Karli Penders, Jessica Perez, Karen Persichilli Keogh, Darren Peters, Chelsea Peterson, Laura Phelps, William Pierce, III, Amanda Piter, Michael Pleyte, Jen Polenzani, Kyla Pollack, Ben Pollara, Daniel Pollock, Matt Porter, Dara Poster, Chad Radock, Jamie Radice, Jason Rahlan, Russel Rampersand, Candace Randle, Tara Rangarajan, Amy Ransom, Mona Raphael, William Reese, Philippe Reines, Nancy Richardson, Alex Richmond, Sam Ritzman, Joleen Rivera, Adam Robinson, Megan Rodman, Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli, Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez, Rose E. Rodriguez, Traci L. Rodriguez, Tori Roth, Frank Rothman, Stefanie Roumeliotes, Victoria Ruan, Ali Rubin, Emma Ruiz, Isaac Ruiz, Rishi Sahgal, Jordan Salberg, Melissa Salmanowitz, Heather Samuelson, Edgar Santana, Joshua Schank, Nick Schmit, Ron Schneider, Beth Schoenbach, Dan Schwerin, Jamie Scott, Talley Sergent, Andrew Shapiro, Geri Shapiro, Stella Shaw, Saul Shemesh, Elisa Shyu, Avra Siegel, Phil Singer, Dana Singiser, Dawn Smalls, William Smart, Ace Smith, Ashley Smith, Carson Smith, Edward Smith, Jamie Smith, Natasha Smith, Kate Sokolov, Maya Solis, Patti Solis Doyle, Emily Solon, Jonathan Soohoo, Phil Spector, Uday Sreekanth, Tali Stein, Susan Stern, Haley Stevens, Heather Stone, Katharine Stoltenberg, Kathleen Strand, Burns Strider, Erin Suhr, Katie Sullivan, Stephanie Sutton, Michael Szymanski, Kyle Lynn Taylor, Matt Tepper, Richard Thayer, Emily Thomas, Meigan Thompson, Nora Toiv, Lucé Tomlin-Brenner, Caroline Torosis, Michael H. Trujillo, Cristina Trutanich, Lyn Utrecht, Angel Urena, Dan Utech, Lona Valmoro, Melissa Vanzant, Sarah Venuto, Teresa Velmain, Aaron J. Ver, Luis Vizcaino, Rachel Vogelstein, Tony Wagner, Charlotte Waldo, Mark Walsh, Lindsey Walters, Denene Wambach, Vanessa Weaver, Ervin Webb, Jr., Enid Weishaus, Geoff Wetrosky, Brian Whitehurst, Antoinette Whitmore, Courtney Whitney, Josh Williams, Maggie Williams, Carol Willis, Jeanne R. Wilson, Laurie Wingate, David Wolf, Howard Wolfson, Travis D Worl, Eric Woodard, Coety Wyse, Simon Zewdman, ###
Goodbye To All That (#2) by Robin Morgan
An award-winning writer, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, Robin Morgan has published 21 books, including six of poetry, four of fiction, and the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever.
Her work has been translated into 13 languages. A founder of contemporary U.S. feminism, she has also been a leader in the international women’s movement for 25 years. Recent books include A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999; Saturday’s Child: A Memoir; her best-selling The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism, updated and reissued in 2001; and her novel, The Burning Time. Her nonfiction work, Fighting Words: A Tool Kit for Combating the Religious Right, came out in September 2006.