Before we begin today’s article: Congratulations to Ricki Lieberman. Ricki’s Hillraising Electability Watch newsletter is a must read delight. [We wrote about Ricki Leiberman HERE, HERE, and HERE – To get Ricki Leiberman’s newsletter email Ricki at email@example.com ]
Taylor Marsh’s website headlines an article which states Clinton Distances Herself From Anti-Obama Hillraiser. Presumably that Hillraiser is Hillraising Ricki Leiberman. The Taylor Marsh link is to an article on Arriana Huff n’ Puff which also breathlessly proclaims Clinton Distances Herself From Anti-Obama Hillraiser. So when/how did Hillary throw Ricki Leiberman under the bus?
Ricki was thrown under the bus by Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi – NOT by Hillary Clinton. All the evidence for the entire breathless article at Arriana Huff n’ Puff consists of this flacid reed: A spokesperson for Sen. Clinton implicitly distanced the candidate from Lieberman’s effort. . . A spokesperson… implicitly – yeah, a real smackdown.
Ricki Leiberman is being attacked by internet Hopium dens because Ricki is effective. Congratulations Ricki! Email Ricki Leiberman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and thank her and congratulate her for her effectiveness. GO! GO! GO! Ricki!
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Now back to Obama’s latest insult.
One of our commentors wrote this regarding a town hall hosted by Greta Van Susteren which Obama is NOT attending:
Good News and Bad News!!
As you might imagine, the “women vote” is going to be very important this November…especially since many had aligned themselves with Senator Clinton and now she is out of the race for President. Where are Senator Clinton’s women backers going? to Senator Obama? Senator McCain? and what issues are particularly important to women that the questions should be put to the candidates?
Because of the importance of the “women vote,” and because I don’t think we can really judge candidates from slick ads or attack ads but rather as we see them both get hard questions side by side at the same forum, we (ON THE RECORD) invited both candidates to a special Audience Show ON THE RECORD focusing on issues that might be particularly or uniquely important to women. I also hoped to have mostly women in the audience….and let them put the questions to the two candidates. Frankly I want to minimize role and let the audience / the voters speak to the candidates.
The good news? Senator McCain’s campaign said Senator McCain will do this.
The bad news? Senator Obama’s campaign declined.
Of course I would like to see both Senators do this Special Audience show with us at ON THE RECORD…but the truth is that if Senator Obama will not with us, I would like to see him do it with Senator McCain with someone! It is hugely important that we – the American voters – see these two candidates together answering questions so that we can compare and contrast their different ideas for the future of our country.
As an aside, I wish Senator Obama would re-consider. He would have the same opportunities during the show that Senator McCain will have. Likewise, both men would be treated with respect.
So now what? I am planning to move forward with an audience show – meaning audience questions – addressing issues that women think important to them with only Senator McCain. Now we just need to figure out scheduling….
Check out the past debate schedule this election cycle. Notice anything?
Not one, not one forum or debate to discuss issues of specific importance to women.
The schedule approved by Howard Dean had plenty of opportunities for African-American males to ask question of importance to them. There were many fora/debates in primarily African-American venues and some in Obama’s Chicago hometown. Not one debate however in New York or a Hillary friendly venue or audience. Certainly there were no fora/debates for women (no matter what the color of the woman – white, black, yellow, red, green).
The BOYcott of women’s issues continues with Obama’s latest refusal to discuss issues of importance to women. McCain has agreed to such a discussion. Where’s “Waffles” Obama?
This is a continuing Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi insult. This latest Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi insult to the intelligence of voters and particulary Hillary Clinton supporters reminds us of: Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic Party, who says he was slow to pick up on charges of sexism because he is not a regular viewer of cable television….
Nancy Pelosi is also an insult to our intelligence. I can’t document what happened in the presidential campaign as I am too busy being Speaker of the House Nancy, was and is too busy to worry about sexism. Little wonder she is doing such a miserable job in the FISA supporting Democratic? congress.
The Guardian, across the wide expanse which is the Atlantic Ocena, was not too busy to catalog the misogeny and sexism of this election cycle.
We here at Big Pink were not too busy to document the misogeny and sexism of this election cycle. Marie Cocco was not too busy either. We quoted Marie Cocco in Voting for Barack Obama Part II:
I won’t miss reading another treatise by a man or woman, of the left or right, who says that sexism has had not even a teeny-weeny bit of influence on the course of the Democratic campaign. To hint that sexism might possibly have had a minimal role is to play that risible “gender card.”
Most of all, I will not miss the silence.
I will not miss the deafening, depressing silence of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean or other leading Democrats, who to my knowledge (with the exception of Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland) haven’t publicly uttered a word of outrage at the unrelenting, sex-based hate that has been hurled at a former first lady and two-term senator from New York. Among those holding their tongues are hundreds of Democrats for whom Clinton has campaigned and raised millions of dollars. Don Imus endured more public ire from the political class when he insulted the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Would the silence prevail if Obama’s likeness were put on a tap-dancing doll that was sold at airports? Would the media figures who dole out precious face time to these politicians be such pals if they’d compared Obama with a character in a blaxploitation film? And how would crude references to Obama’s sex organs play?
We also wrote:
Women are the workers in the Democratic Party. Women are the ones who volunteer and make calls and answer mail and send out mail and organize the vans and do the work that keeps the Democratic? Party running. Yet not one debate was considered in forethought or afterthought to ask women what they thought and to ask women what they needed.
The vile Ralph Nader used to denigrate gay and women issues as “gonadal politics”. It appears the Democratic? Party has become a gonadal party – women only needed in the back of the bus, in the kitchen – working – but no place at the table.
Obama has been a lead gang-banger in the misogyny parade:
Meanwhile, Obama had to apologize for his “sweetie” crack. But this was not an isolated incident. Remember, this was the candidate who used phrases like “when the claws come out” and “when she’s feeling down periodically she launches attacks” in reference to his opponent. When language like this is part of the vocabulary of a candidate (one who is so exquisitely articulate), it is worth asking if there is something going on here.
The silence Marie Cocco spoke of surrounds us still.
The Obama insults to Women continue.