Why The New York Chapter Of NOW Doesn’t Get It
They’re nailing Ted Kennedy to the wall for endorsing Barack Obama. Why? Because Barack doesn’t have a va-jay-jay.
â€œWomen have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedyâ€™s endorsement of Hillary Clintonâ€™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.
â€œAnd now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! Heâ€™s picked the new guy over us. Heâ€™s joined the list of progressive white men who canâ€™t or wonâ€™t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not â€œthisâ€ one). â€˜Theyâ€™ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! Thatâ€™s Howardâ€™s brother) who run DFA (thatâ€™s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take womenâ€™s money, say theyâ€™ll do feminist and womenâ€™s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or Americaâ€™s future or whatever.
Wow. Identity politics at their most clueless. Why clueless? Well, if a Democrat doesn’t get elected, then women’s rights will be even more in jeopardy, yeah? And Kennedy is backing somebody who he thinks is the most electable candidate. I know Hillary says she’s the most electable, but her negatives have always been sky high and I doubt people are going to change their mind about her, especially after these past couple weeks when her strategy turned from Hillary to Billary.
And to answer the commenter’s question that hasn’t been asked yet but inevitably will, YES it would be wrong for the NAACP to slam Kennedy like this if he had gone for Hillary.