In The Shame Of The Democratic Left, Part I we wrote:
The misogyny, sexism and gay-bashing by Democrats that occurred in the 2008 election cycle is an open sore that will not heal. The leadership of the Democratic Left increasingly proved itself to be a misogynistic and anti-gay coalition. The words are “progressive”. The actions contradict the words. We know actions speak louder than words.
Actions do speak louder than words but we also remember some of the words. Obama in New Hampshire insulting Hillary in a nationally televised debate with the words “You’re likable enough, Hillary” or the “sweetie” remarks or the criticisms by Hillary that Obama noted came “monthly”.
We also recall the words of once respectable writers like Hendrik Hertzberg who wrote that race oppression was worse than gender oppression. That was Hertzberg’s way to pump up Obama at the expense of Hillary. Race might be worse than gender-based oppression if you ignore the daily humiliations and subjugations women are subject to. African-American women know oppression from both sides which is why so many African-American women fought, and fight, so vigorously for Hillary.
African-American women get abused by men of all races including their own. We quoted Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s statement:
“I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black,” she said. “When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being Black. Men are men.”
In The Craigslist Killer and Barack Obama we discussed violence against women and quoted John Lennon – “Woman is the slave to the slave.”
Lately more evidence for Hertzberg to consider when next he weighs oppressions. As we wrote:
Males like Hertzberg, once respected by us as deeper thinkers than they proved to be, “belittle the oppressions of gender” with their gimmick of ignoring rape and battered women, including the supposedly loved wives battered by their husbands (or girlfriend/boyfriend violence). Struggles for the still NOT ratified Equal Rights Amendment do not enter into the Hertzberg equation. The struggles to get the right to vote, the right to “male” jobs, the right to serve fully in the most prestigious levels of the military, the everyday indignities of losing jobs to less qualified males – all are ignored.
The latest evidence of the ignored oppressions comes from California:
Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night.
Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco.
Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but more arrests, as many as 20 total, are expected, according to a police detective. [snip]
As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lighted back alley at the school, while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to report it, police said.
The assaulted girl was “found unconscious under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday”. The girl is in critical condition. “[S]he was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex act.”
Recently Obama praised Congressman Alan Grayson. The same Grayson who later exposed his misogyny and anger at a woman who might know more than he about economics.
You can hear Grayson making the comment about the Bernanke adviser, who is named Linda Robertson, here. “This lobbyist, this K street whore, is trying to teach me about economics,” he said.
Grayson has been widely criticized for his comment, as Politico and the Associated Press report. Republican Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Grayson is “out of control,” while Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner asked, “Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?”
“Alan Grayson’s latest comments are disgraceful, inappropriate and disrespectful to women,” RNC Co-Chairman Jan Larimer said, calling on Grayson to issue an apology.
That seems unlikely to happen. Todd Jurkowski, Grayson’s spokesman, sent an email to Hotsheet standing by the comment and further criticizing Robertson.
Did we ever imagine a day when Republicans are (even if for political reasons) the party attacking misogyny? Grayson eventually was forced to issue a sort of apology and acknowledge he used “a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.”
Grayson is a member of Obama’s woman hating frat house.
Does the White House feel like a frat house?
The suspicion flared in recent weeks — and not for the first time — after President Obama was criticized by women’s advocates and liberal bloggers for hosting a high-level basketball game with no female players.
The president, after all, is an unabashed First Guy’s Guy. Since being elected, he has demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of college hoops on ESPN, indulged a craving for weekend golf, expressed a preference for adopting a “big rambunctious dog” over a “girlie dog” and hoisted beer in a peacemaking effort.
He presides over a White House rife with fist-bumping young men who call each other “dude” and testosterone-brimming personalities like Rahm Emanuel, the often-profane chief of staff; Lawrence Summers, the brash economic adviser; and Robert Gibbs, the press secretary, who habitually speaks in sports metaphors.
The technical foul over the all-male game has become a nagging concern for a White House that has battled an impression dating to the presidential campaign that Mr. Obama’s closest advisers form a boys’ club and that he is too frequently in the company of only men — not just when playing sports, but also when making big decisions.
One Democratic media strategist says that while Mr. Obama does place women in important roles, his comfort level with staff members is not always perceived as equal.
“There is a sense that Obama has a certain jocular familiarity with the men that he doesn’t have with the women,” said Tracy Sefl, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign who speaks regularly to some female aides in the administration.
Bonnie Erbe of U.S. News wrote that Obama Is Not Comfortable With Women In Basketball, Golf, or Anywhere Else:
President Obama drew heat last week for a story that surfaced outing his private White House male-only b-ball games. The story was that even though two female members of his cabinet were members of their college basketball teams, they were excluded, as were all women, from this most private of male-only clubs. The story became a metaphor for how the president views women generally and threatened to reveal some inconvenient truths about the man.
Erbe notes that Obama was forced to drag the African-American “chief domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes to the golf course on Sunday, and she became the first female to join his golf foursome since he took office.” Maybe it’s white women Obama has a problem with but we suspect it is all women. Or maybe it’s a mother thing?
Erbe also thinks there is something deeper to the woman hate from Obama:
I still wouldn’t believe he’s any more comfortable dealing with women or concerned about “women’s” issues than the dearly departed former Sen. Jesse Helms. President Obama talks the talk a lot better and a lot louder than Helms. But Jesse Helms was so rooted in his atavist traditions, he chose to remain true to his misogyny rather than pose for cameras with faux female golfing partners. President Obama must hide the side of his personality that is clearly uncomfortable with women because he needs their votes much more than Helms ever did.
Whether it was his treatment of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail (as in his condescending remark that she was “likeable enough”) or his clearly career-oriented mate who has been toned down and remorphed into a Stepford Wife, I just don’t get the impression this man is comfortable with women. Nor do I believe he cares about them beyond needing women’s votes. It’s an act and a thoroughly see-through, amateur one at that.
It’s an act for votes.
Obama hates women. Especially strong women. Especially women with experience who are ready on Day 1.
Obama loves lobbyists. Obama hates women.