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Always the “Better Woman”

(This is an old post that I never got around to putting up here. It’ll give the over-nighters a place to talk. Good night, Conflucians!–Regencyg)

All primary season long, I’ve heard a particular saying—or at least, a particular inference—repeated doggedly and it’s begun to irk me a bit.

“You must be the better woman.”

“Hillary has to be the bigger ma—woman and think of the party.”

“Don’t step out of line lest she be judged with you.”

No, those aren’t exact quotes but they are exact connotations. I’ve stifled the urge for some time to say anything about it, but I’ve about reached the zenith of my good manners. Now that the primary season is essentially “over”—which is up for debate as far as I’m concerned, but that’s another conversation—I still hear the call for me to act the good woman and be a shining example of civility for all. This begs the questions: What does it take for me to be the “good woman” and why the hell should I want to be?
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Looking forward to 2012 – Pantsuits vs. Cool Glasses

We love you too, Hillary!

We love you too, Hillary!

I found this little gem today:

Women Voters Prefer Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin in 2012 By a 2-to-1 Margin

National Poll Finds Broad Support for Hillary On Politics, ‘Trust,’ ‘Role Model’ and Other Values

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Hillary Clinton would beat Sarah Palin head-to-head by a 2-to-1 margin if the 2012 presidential election were held today, according to women voters.


A national telephone survey of 600 registered women voters was conducted by Blum & Weprin from September 25 through October 3, 2008. The poll, commissioned by SheZoom.com, a new women’s internet media company, is titled ‘Palin vs. Clinton – You Decide.’ The survey (with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points) queried women in all 50 states on their personal and political preferences pertaining to the two female party leaders.

 The poll asks questions relating to presidential responsibilities, as well as personality and “values” questions important to female voters. For all areas, the survey shows Clinton with broad-based support, including the “values” questions, such as “Whom do you trust?”; “Who’s a better role model?”; and “Who’s been a better mother?” On all these issues, Clinton wins by at least 10 points. [NB: The poll’s results did not shift in any significant way following Thursday’s vice presidential debate.]

The poll’s other findings include:

— The preference for Clinton is widest in handling the responsibilities of a President. Clinton is seen as doing a better job dealing with the economy by a 40 percent margin and as more effective in dealing with foreign leaders by 48 percent.

— Clinton also holds a substantial edge in character and personal issues.

— American women voters not only admire Hillary Clinton more, they also relate to her more than to Sarah Palin. While the margin is not as wide as in the presidential job responsibilities, women see Clinton’s values as closer to their own and would rather have Hillary Clinton as a friend.

— While Clinton comes out on top again in her role as a mother, this is an area where many women felt they could not or would not judge or compare these women.

— A third of the women polled say their views of Clinton have become more positive. Only a tiny minority has a more negative view than a year ago. Fifty-six percent of women said their views are unchanged.

— On the 2008 vote, registered women voters favor Obama/Biden over McCain/Palin by a significant margin (51 percent to 35 percent).

“In short, Hillary wins on all counts,” said pollster Mickey Blum, of Blum & Weprin. “When analyzing the data, we looked to see if there were areas in which Palin came out on top. But, on virtually every level, Hillary takes it. I think this primary season, this entire campaign, humanized her. In a lot of ways, she took a beating and kept her grace. And Americans, especially American women, like fighters. This poll shows just how much women identify with Hillary. Obviously, that’s what the McCain campaign was looking to tap into with Sarah Palin. This polls shows that it hasn’t worked, at least not yet.”

“This is an unprecedented time for women in politics, “said Stacey Artandi, founder and CEO of SheZoom.com. “This election season has put two unique women in the spotlight in Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. On many measures, they couldn’t be more different — in their ideologies, their styles, and their experiences. Regardless of what happens in the November election, Senator Clinton and Governor Palin have changed the face of the political landscape for women. And they will remain forces in the future. American women’s answers to our questions give a sense of how we perceive Palin and Clinton, how well we relate to them, and perhaps a hint of what’s to come.”


WELL NO SH*T, SHERLOCK!!!   This is the kind of crap that sets me off.  Hillary by far is the more experienced, more representative candidate of the MAP and not the confabulated delegate math OF ALL THE 2008 candidates and has more solutions to the problems Americans (and the world) face, regardless of shape, gender, religion, ethnicity, wallet-size, etc.  

WHY didn’t more women support her during the primary if this is how they truly felt?   Oh yeah, the DNC cheated to push the penised-one.   I can wait for 2012.  For now, I’m leaving Sarah Palin alone.  But come 2012, Sarah Palin will have this PUMA in her face supporting Hillary all the way.  Regardless of what happens this ’08 election, I’m voting for the WOMAN, yes, no matter what party she belongs to.  And in 2012, I’m voting for HILLARY.

This poll clearly demonstrates two major questions that need to be resolved if women are to be considered more than just chattel to Democrats and to the country itself: A) Why did the female leaders of the DNC sell out the more experienced candidate who WON the electoral map against John McCain for an inexperienced man and B) Are we going to let this happen again?  

I, for one, cannot.   We MUST keep pressing onward in our battle to defeat the 2008 DNC at all costs.  If we do not, our liberal principles and “one person/one vote” will be sold to the next charlatan that talks about “hope and change.” 

¡Que viva los PUMAs!

Barack Obama: Cartoon Liberal

Is This the Image We Want Democrats Projecting?

Is This the Image We Want Democrats Projecting?

I have been racking my brain, and I honestly cannot come up with any way that the DNC could have screwed America any more than by nominating Barack Obama this year. The reason? He is the most cartoonish exaggeration of a far-left liberal that has ever run for President. And the rightwing narratives against liberals are all being confirmed by everything he does and says. To wit:

Liberals hate America.

Does Obama really seem like a guy who is positive about America as a country? Do I really need to go into all the statements by his wife, his associates (Wright and Ayers) and himself? There is a way to present solutions to our problems without sounding like you think America sucks. Hillary was great at it – she used the word “potential” all the time. That is why she got the Clinton Dem vote and Obama didn’t.

Liberals want to suppress free speech.

I used to think the rightwingers were crazy for saying this. But along comes Obama, whose operatives and supporters infiltrate the entire fauxgressive blogosphere and create a No-Tolerance atmosphere for anyone supporting Hillary. He bans the usage of signs at several of his campaign appearances. He and his enablers at the DNC silence the voters of Michigan and Florida by invalidating their elections, despite the fact that doing so invalidates the DNC’s own rules. He calls for a “civilian security force” as big as the current military. He creates a “Truth Squad” that threatens to use law enforcement to crack down on “lying” political ads. (The law enforcement officials involved have been forced to back off their original, incendiary statements.)

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Open thread: Lunchtime edition

UPDATE: Our very own DakiniKat on BBC radio, right now:


 Some news tidbits:

Palin criticizes Obama’s ties to Wright, Ayers:

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expanded her attack on Democrat Barack Obama’s character Monday to include his relationship with an incendiary former pastor as well as his ties to 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers.

McCain, Obama go for jugular

The Obama campaign meanwhile, has opened a new website and is posting a 13-minute documentary to resurrect his involvement in the Keating Five savings-and-loan scandal two decades ago.

I’m so numb from everything – CAN WE HAVE HILLARY BACK?

Monday: Didn’t the media give us 8 years of Bush?

Just sayin’.

So, does anyone have a theory why the media is shoving Obama down our throats this year? Is it that they want to teach us values? The first African-American president? If that is true, why couldn’t we have the first female president? Wouldn’t that have been just as valuable? Given the adoration from the press that Obama received and the horrific treatment Hillary and Sarah get, one gets the impression that the country is not ready for a female in high office. Except, I’m fairly certain that is not true. What seems to be the case is that the media is not ready. Now, why would that be the case? Who is behind the media collaboration to elect Obama and why?

And how do we put the media back in its place?

Oh, and markets around the world are crashing this morning. But I’m sure The Chosen One will make it all better. It’s either that or he will be blamed for the worst economic crisis to hit the country since the Great Depression.

In other news, Harriet Christian wanted me to pass on this invitation to those of you in the NY-CT-NJ tri-state area. There will be an event tonight in NYC for area PUMAs. This is an opportunity to get together, meet the press and plan activities with the McCain campaign, if you are so inclined. (We at The Confluence don’t tell anyone how to vote. We encourage you to vote your conscience, regardless of media interference.) If you are interested in attending this soiree, here are the details:


TIME: 7:00-10:00 PM


313 First Avenue (at 18TH ST.)

$25 Cover Charge includes Open Bar and Finger Food.