Thursday, September 04, 2008

Putting Women First

Oooohhh, it's all too much. First, the silly Republicans were pissed that Sen. Obama was getting so much media attention. Then, they nominated Gov. Sarah Palin to be their Vice-Presidential candidate, surprising even those close to Sen. McCain and virtually guaranteeing a media shitstorm. Which they got! Now, though, reporters are supposed to "back off," and for heaven's sake stop picking on our (female) candidate! Why, the disrespect! The NOIVE! Don't you all know that she's the first female Republican candidate for the #2 slot?!?

(Ya like all of those conditions? It gets silly after awhile; sort of like calling myself "the first Kiss fan composer to live on my block." At some level of pre-conditions, EVERYONE is a "first" at something!)

Anyway. According to campaign manager Rick Davis, "Certainly, her record deserves scrutiny, but I think we ought to look at her record." Davis condemned "the salacious nature" of some news stories designed to "throw dirt at our candidate," urging the media to "dial it back." Apparently, it was okay to “throw dirt” at John Kerry (which even spawned a new verb: Swiftboating), or to ignore the TRUE across-the-aisles working government of Bill Clinton (who got a lot accomplished even while hamstrung by a vindictive Republican congress) and instead focus on “the salacious nature” of his Resolute blowjobs. Funny how nobody wanted to just look at HIS record, not as long as merciless head-hunter Ken Starr was calling the shots! As far as “dialing it back” is concerned…well, Republicans were already shitting themselves that Obama was getting all the media attention; now that Palin is getting it…they don’t WANT it? I’m confused…

Or, perhaps I'm NOT confused. The media admittedly treated Obama rather like a darling, whereas Palin is getting lots of really tough questions. Problem is: her record (once you take a look at it, per Davis' request!) rather makes at least some of those tough questions DESERVED! Things like:

• The announcement that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin, was pregnant. (See previous blog post for my thoughts on whether or not that's fair campaign fodder.)

• She has hired a private attorney (who is authorized to spend $95,000 of state money) to defend her against accusations of abuse of power. (I don't personally know anything about this other than the hire, but where there's smoke...)

• Palin sought pork-barrel projects for her city and state, contrary to her reformist image. (She claimed to have fought the "Bridge to Nowhere" in her speech last night, but - conveniently! - left out her desire to rake in federal bucks for OTHER "special needs." As mayor of Wasilla (the 4th-largest city in roughly 7,000 residents), Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million - three-quarters of a billion dollars, for the 47th-largest state in the Union! - in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation.)

• Her husband once belonged to a "fringe political group" in Alaska, with some members supporting secession from the United States. (This strikes even me as spurious. When did he belong? Like, when he was 19 or 20? I was obsessed with the occult when I was a teenager, but that doesn't make me a "Satanist." This is a situation where names need to be named, as well as a timeline.)

• Palin has acknowledged smoking marijuana in the past. (Geez, are we still on about this? Enough, already! Let's just admit that anyone under the age of, I dunno, 50, has probably tried pot. As long as she doesn't have a dime bag in her bra, let's let it drop!)

So, she's getting some attention finally, and even after her sarcastic, Lipstick Pit Bull speech last night (nearly every word designed to hide the fact that her ticket has nothing to offer the average American), folks in the McCain campaign are calling on journalists to back off. She's a woman! And a Republican! Take it EASY on her, man! (*rolls eyes*)

When it comes to putting women first, of course, the Republicans would really prefer to forget all about Geraldine Ferraro, the DEMOCRATIC candidate for Vice-President nearly 25 years ago. That's right, folks: a quarter of a century ago, Democrats already had their shit together enough to put a woman in the #2 slot. (Naturally, their shit eventually hit the fan, with Mondale/Ferraro only getting electorates from a single state, but still...) Here are some other notable women, and some surprising numbers:

• The first female governors in the U.S were elected in 1925, and they were both Democrats: Nellie Tayloe Ross to Wyoming and Miriam A. Fergesun to Texas. The first femal Republican governor was Vesta M. Roy of New 1982!! She only served one week, and was never officially sworn in. The first elected female Republican governor was Kay A. Orr of Nebraska, and that not until 1987. As of this writing, there have been 19 female Democratic governors, but only 11 Republicans.

• In the Congress, the first elected female senator (one previously had been appointed to fill her husband's vacancy-by-death) was a Democrat from Arkansas, in 1931: Hattie Wyatt Caraway. 22 Democratic women have been senators...13 were Republican. Republicans DID elect the first female to the U.S. House of Representatives, from Montana, in 1917. Since then, though, their dedication to feminine equality has been nearly as low as their President's approval ratings: of 246 elected Congresswomen, only 88 were Republican. That's 36%...not much to brag about.

So the overwhelmingly white attendees at the RNC can feel pretty good about their scrappy MILF of a V-P candidate. But they have a LOT of catching up to do, and that pretty much sums up modern Republicanism: way, WAY behind the times, and way out of touch with the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans...the MAJORITY of Americans.


Blogger kat said...

I'm laughing that you called Palin a MILF because I overheard some coworkers of mine today talking about how good looking Palin is. *rolls eyes*

7:43 PM  
Blogger Gknee said...

Really...a MILF? I guess she does have that naughty librarian thing going.

Oh yeah..and my bra..that's where I keep my stash..pfft :P

8:37 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

How come the "Iron My Shirt" guy hasn't made an appearance yet????

That's a sarcastic, hypothetical question, not really a request.

Remember when goofy conservatives picked on fictional Murphy Brown for unwed pregnancies???? i miss those days...

i suppose now they can spell and everything....

somebody wake me when John get's done yakking away.... i didn't now this but have you heard...he was a it....anything new John...oooooh, he's a maverick...or mavrick....i guess they still can't spell....

does that make Sarah...wait for it....Mongoose???? Wouldn't it've been cool to finish the convention with a bad-kareoke...."she's lost that lovin' feelin"????

yeah, that would of been cool.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I just hope to God Obama and Biden don't treat her with kid gloves. She's a crazy extremist and they need to call her what she is, frequently and with conviction. I wish I could send a memo to the Obama campaign: Tiptoeing around Sarah Palin and her record for fear of being accused of sexism is SEXIST.

Republicans are like the school bully who cries and whines when someone actually turns the tables and takes a swing at him for a change. Now they're going to bawl that everyone who criticizes Sarah Palin is being sexist?? I don't know where to start with the irony.

One beer was enough to send me into a half-hour rant about this last night. Eric thought I was becoming unhinged.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

I think McCain thinks I vote with my vagina or something. "Oh, wow. A female VP. Well, I'll just go right out and vote for her, because we both have the same plumbing and all. Yeah, because we both have vaginas, that must mean we're EXACTLY the same! Gee, I won't look at all at the fact that she supports so many, many things I find abhorrent. Nope, I don't care what her politics are. All I care about is the fact that she has a punani, just like me."

Um, McCain? Don't think so. Like a button I saw the other day says, "McCain selected a woman as V.P.? Wow... Still won't vote for him."

10:27 AM  
Blogger L*I*S*A said...

Yes, I'm voting for Obama, but I have a question.

Why are we a two-party system?


12:41 PM  
Blogger Animal said...

Couldn't agree more, Mac! The iron lock that BOTH of these parties have, with all of the faults on both sides, seems really unbalanced. It would be nice for a solid Libertarian, Independent, Green, Socialist...hell, even a WHIG to be able to stand on equal ground.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You need to get off a campus and take a look at what goes on in the world! Both parties suck! Obamas words and actions are two different things. He wants change and he picks someone who's been in D.C. for 30 years? How's that Change?
Doesn't matter who gets elected, it will be business as usual. The Republicans want more money for themselves, and the Democrats want to share all my money with everyone else!
Again, we really don't have any choice.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Animal said...

"The Republicans want more money for themselves, and the Democrats want to share all my money with everyone else!"

Not to be pithy about it, but I guess this means that there's a choice between 1) "Lookin' out for #1!!" or 2) "One for all and all for one!"

Given that, I'd always go for the unity that everyone SAYS they want, but few people actually practice. When we all thrive...we all thrive.

I agree IN THEORY that the two parties are both dipping from the same muddled pot of corrupted money, but your assertion that I don't see what goes on in the world because I'm on a campus is not only similarly small-minded, it's also divisive and mean-spirited. Try talking WITH me, not preaching TO me.

11:27 AM  

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