Update from Ugsome: “The way I look at it, the Democrats are so far to the right on women’s issues that the only way the GOP can differentiate itself is with witch burnings and scarlet letters.”
There’s more than a kernel of truth in that sentiment.
r u reddy pointed me to this article in the NYTimes that describes how Obama’s campaign was going to roll out it’s initiative to sweet talk women on March 23 but Rush Limbaugh’s timely little Slutgate rants made them move up their timetable. Why waste this golden opportunity? Obama and Jon Favreau must be peeing themselves over this. They don’t have to do anything for women, not even make any particularly strong statements. All they have to do is open their arms and say, “Come to papa, we understand.”
By the way, has anyone seen this video of the Obama Staff inaugural ball from January 21, 2009? You know, the one where JZ and the staffers sang “I’ve got 99 problems but a bush ain’t one”? Yeah, no double entendre there. The bitch version used to be one of Obama’s traveling campaign theme songs during the primaries. You know, the primaries against his opponent who happened to be a bitch or a sweetie or a honey or some other stupid word:
As Ugsome says, “Cynical. If he’d done squat for women’s rights he wouldn’t have to focus his tender attentions like this.”
Let’s put it this way, the Republicans wouldn’t have turned up the crazy like this if they didn’t sense some weakness in the Democrats on the issue of women. And that weakness goes back to 2008.
All you’re going to get from the Democrats is cynical game playing in an election year. Remember, these are the people who used misogynism against not one but two female politicians in 2008. They know that if Obama has to make a choice, he will sacrifice women to get the evangelical vote.
Don’t think we’re not watching, Democrats. Democratic congresswoman, Chellie Pingree, in Maine wanted to run for Olympia Snowe’s Senate seat but decided against it when a former governor who is running as an independent got the backing of the Democrats. If that slap in the face doesn’t get your attention, nothing will. Even the excuse she was forced to give for the betrayal by the Democrats makes no damned sense because if Olympia Snowe had not decided to resign, she would have been a sure vote for the Republicans when it comes to Supreme Court nominations. So even if Pingree had lost, there would have been no net change in votes. In other words, Chellie Pingree was guilted into leaving the Senate race because the whole responsibility for future Supreme Court nutcases was going to be on her head if she lost to a Republican. Does anyone really believe this steaming pile of horsesh*$? If Obama and the Democrats really wanted to reach out to women for their votes this year, the disaster in Maine was not a good start.
Well, I’m just a single voice in the wilderness and the rest of the women in the left blogosphere are too afraid to challenge their brethren about Obama. The guys will pull the same guilt trip on them and they’ll hold back, the chickenshits. But let me just tell them now that they are going to be responsible for what happens to women if they don’t speak out and demand something from Obama and the Democrats right now, *before* the election. If you make it easy for him, he will owe you nothing. This is a good time to test the commitment of your male blogger colleagues. Either they are with women or they aren’t. Demand that Obama come out and declare his unequivocal support for women to make their own choices without any patronizing language. Demand that he risk pissing off the religious. Demand that he tell extremists where to shove it. Demand that he enthusiastically support women’s equality and reproductive rights. Make him promise that he will put the full force of his office behind enforcement of those rights. Make him get rid of the conscience rule right this minute. And make him swear in public that he will never, ever again cut a deal with any politician to sacrifice women’s rights in order to pass a piece of legislation.
If you can’t make him do those things, then he doesn’t deserve your support. He is either with 53% of the American public or he isn’t. He either needs you and will do everything he can to get you or he’s no good, he’s no good, he’s no good, baby, he’s no good.
And he’s also down in the polls. His approval rating has dropped steeply since last month from 50% to 41%. It’s supposedly due to gas prices but there are also intimations that the public isn’t buying all the rah-rah over the economy. They don’t believe it’s getting better. I’m with them on that. Women are also among the chronically unemployed and they are watching. We are not amused to be the pawns in some political game that has been designed to get Obama votes. He’s on the ropes and he’s looking vulnerable. Now’s the time to get him to commit. Make him pay for every vote. Make him grovel. If you don’t, you’re just a bunch of stupid girls.
And that goes doubly for NARAL, the Feminist Majority and any other bunch of stupid girl activists who have pledged to work for Obama in 2012 without getting anything in return. During Slutgate, I scrupulously avoided signing my name to any useless online petition for those organizations. The last thing I want is to be ashamed of these organizations emailing me to support Obama after he’s used them. He’s no better than Romney and Santorum and he doesn’t deserve your support until he’s willing to sacrifice himself for women. He really needs our votes because he’s lost support among white men. Now is the time to make him put up or shut up. It’s either us or the fundies. By their fruit you shall know them.