Friday, February 29, 2008

William F. Buckley and queer folk

He didn't do us much by way of favors, as the sage Hans Johnson points out:

Let it not be lost in his death that Buckley, like most in the right-wing cohort he anchored from mid-century onward, was quite familiar and at times reliant on gay people in his career. He wrestled with homophobia. Mostly he lost.
CLICK HERE TO READ JOHNSON'S ESSAY ON BUCKLEY AND GAYS

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On the passing of William F. Buckley, Jr.

When your blogstress was a little girl, her father would make her read a newspaper column that ran regularly in the Elizabeth Daily Journal, the afternoon paper then published in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The column was called "On the Right," and it was written by one William F. Buckley, Jr. "Good for your vocabulary," said le père de votre net-tête.

The veritable inventor of the the modern conservative movement, Buckley delighted in penning arguments in the code of the erudite; so much so that for a child who crawled out of the primordial ethnic soup that is New Jersey, a dictionary was a mandatory companion to Buckley's weekly reader.

The Buckley exercise missed the desired effect: Your Webwench forgot most of the words she learned from the columns and became a liberal. However, she cannot discount the influence of Buckley on your cybertrix's ambition to become a columnist.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARY

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Live-blogging the Dem Cleveland debate
The Tao of Barack

By the traditional rules of debate, Hillary Clinton won this debate on substance. But Barack Obama doesn't play by those rules. He plays by the rules of the Taoists, whereby victory goes to the one who yields. Tonight he proved the point.

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Obama: I'm better

He's using the present tense in talking about himself as the nominee. She's using the past tense in talking about it having "been an honor" to have campaigned with Obama. And he did the same in talking about the campaign.

But in justifying her candidacy, Clinton said, "I think it's time we had a fighter back in the White House."

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Clinton: when anti-Semites embraced me, I rejected them

"There's a difference between rejecting and denouncing," Clinton said, appearing to try to make it seem as if Obama was trying to split the difference by not strongly enough disassociating himself from Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright.

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Tarring Obama with Farrakhan

Tim Russert is questioning Obama's stance towards Israel and the Jewish community -- because of Louis Farrakhan's endorsement.

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The public financing question

In asking Obama if he will hold to his promise, as Tim Russert cast it, to hold to only accept public campaign financing (in the general election), Russert said, "You seem to be waffling." Russert used the terms set by the Republican nominee apparent, John McCain, effectively making it seem as if Obama's nomination is a fait accompli.

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I'll give her points on delivery

That's Obama's response to a video showing of Clinton's critique of Obama's oratory, in which she mocked him, saying, "celestial choirs will sing..."

Clinton laughed heartily. A welcome moment of levity in a very tense debate.

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Live-blogging the Dem Cleveland debate
Would you go back in after you got out?

Huh? Tim Russert wants to know if Obama "reserve(s) the right" to go back into Iraq "with sizable troops" (as opposed to short people, one presumes) after having pulled out if the situation warrants. Huh?

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The meditational Obama

He's getting centered on national television while being castigated for being inexperienced in matters of foreign policy. Hands pressed together in front of his face, eyes lowered, he seems to be bringing himself to the middle path. Whoops -- now he seems to have remembered that he's supposed to be staring down his opponent.

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Live-blogging the Dem Cleveland debate
NAFTA natterings

NBC's Tim Russert started out going hard after Clinton on her previous support of NAFTA, trying to push her to say she would pull out of NAFTA. (She says she'll renegotiate.) Now Russert is accusing Obama of having been ambivalent on the issue, even though the Illinois senator has been sending out mailers in Ohio accusing Clinton of being a NAFTA booster (which she was, at one point).

Tactically, Obama seems to be seeking to disarm Clinton by saying her answer to Russert's NAFTA question was correct.

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Live-blogging the Dem Cleveland debate
Ask Barack if he's comfortable

Hillary Clinton made a point of noting, when asked the next question, that in the last several debates, she's always gotten the opening question. "I'm happy to answer," she said, but just wanted to make the point. She then made a reference to a Saturday Night Live segment that your blogstress did not see, saying that "Barack" should be asked if he's comfortable; if "he needs another pillow."

Obama did not take the bait. He did not even acknowledge the insult.

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Opening volley: dueling filibusters

Having started off the debate with a question on Barack Obama's disputed healthcare mailers, moderator Brian Williams unleashed Hillary Clinton's inner wonk on the topic she most cares about. The result, by Williams' own measure, was "a 16-minute discussion of healthcare."

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Who's staring down whom?

You'll recall, mes amis, that when last we saw our Democratic presidential rivals debate each other before the television cameras (less than a week ago), Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York fixed her gaze, quite constantly, on Sen. Barack Obama, a tactic that was noticed by commentators. Obama tended to write on note cards and issue wry smiles while looking down during Clinton's speeches.

So far the Cleveland debate has been a mutual stare-down contest. He does learn quickly, non?

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Live-blogging the Oscars in a half-assed way
Tilda Swinton is a sex goddess

At her first glance at Tilda Swinton tonight on the small screen, your blogstress's first thought was, that woman's stylist should be shot. Shapeless -- in a weird kind of way -- black dress, haphazard orange air, missing eyebrows. Then, called to Oscar's mic to accept her best supporting actress, Mlle. Swinton, kicked butt, by turns gracious and audacious. Humility with swagger. A woman after your cybertrix's own heart.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Obama: knockin' out Hillary

At a presser today called in response to Hillary Clinton's accusation that the Obama campaign has misrepresented her health care program and trade position in mailers sent to Ohio voters. "He is continuing to send false and discrediting mailings...," Clinton said. "He says one thing in speeches...this is not the new politics that the speeches are about..It is not hopeful; it is destructive."

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton said.

At issue was a mailer whose imagery appeared, according to Clinton, to echo the "Harry and Louise" campaign launched against the plan Clinton tried to get through Congress as First Lady in the 1990s.

Here's Harry & Louise:


And the Obama flier:

See the rest of the flyer at Ohio Daily Blog

At Obama's rebuttal media op, he remained cool, and accused Clinton of having subjected his campaign to all manner of attacks, "except when we were down by 40 points."

He ably rebutted the particulars of Clinton's claims, though your blogstress is not certain she buys the claim that the mailer's misrepresentation, quoted from a newspaper, of a Clinton quote on NAFTA (she's said to have called it "a boon"), was sent before the paper made its correction. UPDATE: As it turns out, it was never a Clinton quote at all, but a characterization by New York Newsday of her beliefs on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But the most interesting comment came at the end, when a reporter asked Obama if the tone of the discussion among Democratic leaders about a prospective withdrawal from the campaign by Clinton would have been different were it him in Clinton's position, having lost a number of contests in a row. Yes, said Obama, it would be. But that's as it should be, he seemed to be saying. "I'm the challenger. I'm the upstart; I'm the insurgent," he replied. When characterizing Clinton's position in the race, he hesitated, seemingly reluctant to call her the establishment candidate. He did, however, call her "the champ." If you're to beat the champ, he said, you don't win "on points." You need "a knockout."

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Your blogstress on PBS this weekend

I had the privilege of appearing on Bonnie Erbe's groundbreaking show, To The Contrary. Subject: the state of feminism and the Democratic Party after the Clinton-Obama showdown.

In some viewing areas, the show airs on Saturday; in others, it's a Sunday show.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHEN YOU CAN SEE 'TO THE CONTRARY' IN YOUR AREA.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Live-blogging the Dem CNN-Univision Debate
Sick blogstress

Alas, mes amis, your Webwench feels compelled to follow a trail of tissues back to her sickbed. You'll have to comment amongst yourselves.

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Fight club

John King, sensing a lack of drama in the proceedings, decided to kick things up a notch by asking Clinton to address her criticism of Obama as "all hat and no cattle." She smiled sweetly and said something nice that your blogstress, plagued by a runny nose and a mal à la tête.

Obama responded with a great speech.

Volley on Clinton's charge of plagiarism, which she has accused Obama of doing for using a few very good lines from the speech of one his supporters, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. "If you're going to base your campaign on words," she said, "they ought to be your own words." She went on, "That's not change you can believe in; that's change you can Xerox." It came across as too cute by half. She did not deliver it with conviction.

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Bilingual nation

Excellent! Both candidates think we all need to speak two languages, mes amis. Well almost all of us. Hill says she hasn't ever been able to get the hang of that second-language thing -- but you should!

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The fence

CNN's John King asked about the border fence, noting that Hillary Clinton voted for it. Hillary Clinton was quick to note that Barack Obama voted for it, too. She appears to be backtracking, noting the concerns of Americans who actually live in border areas.

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Immigration

Asked a question on whether or not she would end the current practice of deportation raids of illegal immigrants, Hillary gave a full-blown stump speech on immigration, beginning with her support for ending the raids, and ending with her belief in "comprehensive immigration reform."

Barack does her one better before this Latino audience by talking about how anti-immigrant sentiment results in hate crimes against Hispanics. Made a good point about fixing the backlogs in CIS, so that people actually can apply to be here legally.

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Cuba

With this week's announcement from Fidel Castro that he is at last stepping down after decades as his nation's strongman, the candidates were asked, before a television audience on Univision that is mostly Latino.

Both said they would talk to the new Cuban leaders, with Obama first to answer the question. CNN's Campbell Brown nailed him for an apparent change in his approach; he was not jumping in this debate to say that he would end the embargo of Cuba. Apparently there was a time when he stated his desire to see that embargo end.

Clinton made the point of saying she would talk to Cuba's new leaders only after a great deal of preparation, and only with bipartisan delegations behind her.

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Opening gambit

Clinton lost the coin-toss and got to go first. (Interesting that Obama did not want the opening speech.)

She opened with a statement that was energetic, stating her bona fides in Texas by saying the Lone Star state was where she worked her "first political job" -- registering voters in South Texas. Then she invoked the memory of Barbara Jordan, whose birthday Clinton said is today. Next invocation of strong, Texas women? "My great friend, Ann Richards."

Hill went on to give a decent speech about discrimination against sick people, and how her health care program would elimate that.

Obama seemed a bit lethargic; he sounds congested. His opening statement was boring, until he got to this line:

"What's lacking here is not good ideas...," Obama said. "Washington is a place where good ideas go to die."

He did seem to be trying to shine a light on similarities between his opponent and him more than differences.

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Either way, time to put a woman on the ticket

For the last 30 years, the strength of the Democratic Party has risen and fallen with the health of the women's movement. It's been 24 years since a woman last appeared on the party's presidential platform. Whether or not the nominee is Hillary Clinton, a woman must grace the Democratic ticket. For the sake of the party. For the sake of the movement.

If there's one thing you can say about the modern women's movement, it's that it is not, nor has it ever been, a monolith. Though sometimes derided as a white woman's movement or an upper-middle-class diversion, the feminist movement, in reality, encompasses women across race, class and even national divides. So it comes as no surprise to most that opinions on matters of strategy, or any other manner of things, should diverge widely at times.

For weeks now, a heated debate has taken place between feminists who see an onus to support, based on her gender, the presidential aspirations of Sen. Hillary Clinton, and those who do not. On the eve of the Super Tuesday primary contests, hundreds of feminists signed a statement in support of Sen. Barack Obama, whose nomination would, in a different first, make him the first African American to represent a major party in a presidential election. With the agendas of the two candidates so close in policy terms, the former assert, it's a no-brainer that a feminist supports the woman. Others disagree most forcefully. Sometimes the argument takes on a generational tenor, sometimes there's a racial edge, and sometimes it's just about doing what seems right. But any way you slice it, it's been taking a toll.

You may ask, so what? In the end, feminists will rally around the nominee, whoever that may be, and work to advance that candidate's campaign in the general election. True enough. But after the election comes the time to govern, the time for the movement to step back into its role as the agitator that keeps women's issues on the legislative agenda, and vets appointees for their bona fides as supporters of women's rights. To maintain that role effectively, at a moment when women's rights hang by a thread before a very punitive Supreme Court, any bad blood exchanged between feminist partisans will need to be made good. Should the Democrat lose to the Republican candidate, the need for fence-mending will be made even stronger.

Since the mid-1970s, the health of the Democratic Party has been reflected in the strength of the women's movement. In 1976, three years after Roe v. Wade, and as women made great strides, Democrat Jimmy Carter came to office as a son of the New South, and brought with him a different kind of first lady. With her ladylike demeanor, it's easy to forget the furor that surrounded Rosalynn Carter's unabashed role as her husband's closest adviser, especially when she dared to sit in on cabinet meetings. By 1980, after events in the Middle East turned the nation against Carter, the modern religious right had formed to marshal a backlash against the women's movement, and it was the force of that rage that rode Ronald Reagan into power.

Once ensconced in the halls of power, the right set wedges in what fissures it could find within the women's movement, hammered them hard, and maintained executive power for 12 long years. (Particularly difficult episodes included a feminist divide over how to address the problem of misogynistic pornography, which the right played quite deftly.) The women's movement regrouped and enjoyed a resurgence partly born of the Senate hearing on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, when allegations of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill, Thomas's former aide, paved the way for the election of record numbers of women to the House and Senate in 1992 -- and the election of Bill Clinton to the White House. Clinton's forceful, attorney wife was controversial from the start, representing that generation of women who had decided to "do it all."

Even after the Clintons took office, it wasn't but two years before right-wing Republicans won the Congress, this time adding to its arsenal of misogynist rage a homophobic strain, as well. With his power constrained by a hostile Congress, Bill Clinton felt compelled to split the difference with congressional foes, signing into law the unconscionable Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to gay couples who enter into legal marriages in their home states (only Massachusetts, at this writing, offers marriage to same-sex couples), and a welfare reform act that essentially punishes poor women for having children.

Now, after eight years of war, mismanagement, corporate kleptocracy and serious injury to the Constitution, the world, or at least the nation, is looking like the Democrats' battered oyster. The race is clearly theirs to lose. But unless the women's movement is given its due and brought back together in a meaningful, long-term way, there will be no joy in Mudville, even with a Democratic win. A healthy women's movement equals a strong Democratic Party.

That is why it behooves the Democratic Party to run a woman on the national ticket in 2008, one way or another. If the nominee is Hillary Clinton, the party clearly has that base covered. But if it's Barack Obama, a woman vice presidential nominee would make all the difference. No caveats over who can best deliver which electoral votes. No stammering about how we wish we could find someone qualified for the job. A woman on Obama's ticket could help him win the one group he's said to have most trouble convincing: white women over 50. The Democratic veep doesn't have to be a governor, senator or a member of Congress. She can be drawn from business or the academy. But she must be ready to lead. She must be regarded as the heir apparent.

For in the end, this is how the first woman president is most likely to be elected -- from the platform of the vice presidency. And we're long past due. In 1984, I stood for hours at a rally in Times Square to catch a glimpse of the first woman ever to grace the national ticket of a major political party. I knew in my heart that Geraldine Ferraro's chances for actually occupying the vice presidency weren't good, and I suspected that's why the party decided to give in to us feminists when she was put on the ticket. Walter Mondale, the presidential nominee, really didn't stand much of a chance against Ronald Reagan. Still, my heart pounded at the sight of her; it was the sight of history being made.

That was 24 years ago. A whole generation has been born and graduated college without ever having seen a woman on a the presidential ticket of one of the two major parties. It's almost like it never even happened. And that's not good for anybody.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Frontline feminism

While feminists in the U.S. pursue an argument over whether one can vote for the man in our current presidential contest and still be a good feminist, women poll workers risked their lives in Pakistan to oversee an election in which women were threatened with death for voting. Women's turnout was exceptionally low in yesterday's national election in Pakistan.

Great piece in today's New York Times that features interviews with women poll workers in Peshawar, capital of the volatile Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP).

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Echidne weighs in on Dowd

Echidne of the Snakes, a goddess to whom your blogstress pays homage, has, on her most excellent blog, herself taken on yesterday's perplexing column by the New York Times's Maureen Dowd:

Dowd In A Feminist Coma

Don't you think that Maureen Dowd has been hit by that large truck which says "feminist anger" on the side and that as a consequence she realized that a different way of mocking Hillary Clinton was called for if the important job of grinding Hillary into little bits under that red Prada heel was to be completed?
CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF ECHIDNE'S POST

Has Maureen Dowd stolen the pope's shoes?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Linda Hirshman responds to Dowd
(and your blogstress)

From the redoubtable Linda Hirshman, who usually blogs at TPM Cafe, which is today plagued with some technical ailment, comes this response to today's Maureen Dowd column, "An Imperfect Feminist Test," and your blogstress's assertion that, in it, Dowd makes a valid point or two:

Whaddaya know? This morning, as a thought experiment, Maureen Dowd contemplated a woman making a successful run for President. She’d like that, she says. She even hopes the "male reporters" in the media would behave if it ever happened. Presumably she includes herself in that group.

Dowd’s candidate would have an easier time than the real female candidate running, because Dowd’s candidate is not a real person, but one of those women on the internet pornography sites. Maureen’s candidate has no brain, no record, no history, no family, no past statements, no existence except in her overheated imagination.

The internet porn candidate would be perfect, because, having no brain she couldn't be too smart, no record, so she could not have once voted in a way that some critic disagrees with, having no history, people would not simply be able to push a button on their computer to come up with witch lines about her, having no family, she would not remind them of their own sexual "unappetizing compromises, arrangements and dependencies" having no past statements, she would not have talked too much, and having no existence except as a hypothetical, she would never actually win. Anything.

But we could spend forever waiting for her, because we’re not sexist bigots. It's just that no flesh and blood woman could ever satisfy our need for the perfect female. Meanwhile, for women? Good thing we have the internet.

--Linda Hirshman

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Maureen Dowd: good today, mean tomorrow

If there is another American writer as maddening as Maureen Dowd, your blogstress has yet to find her. While your cybertrix is hip to her own inner sexist, she winces when Dowd reveals her own, as she so often does when writing of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton.

Your Webwench has, by turns, both defended and derided Dowd, who holds court twice a week on the op-ed page of the New York Times. Today Dowd offers quite a good essay on her piece of NYT real estate about why Hillary Clinton's candidacy offers a less-than-perfect feminist test case for a female presidential contender (because of Bill, of course).

But Dowd being Dowd, she can't help lay a few mines in her narrative landscape, as she does when she repeats, acknowledging its offensiveness, a heinous joke from a Penn Jillette routine:

In a webcast, prestidigitator Penn Jillette talks about a joke he has begun telling in his show. He thinks the thunderous reaction it gets from audiences shows that Hillary no longer has a shot.

The joke goes: “Obama is just creaming Hillary. You know, all these primaries, you know. And Hillary says it’s not fair, because they’re being held in February, and February is Black History Month. And unfortunately for Hillary, there’s no White Bitch Month.”
Of course, March is Women's History Month, which in Jillette's book probably amounts to the same thing as White Bitch Month. So, perhaps Texas (March 4 primary) really does belong to Clinton.

Another zinger is a reference to Barack Obama as being perceived as a "glib golden boy." Note to an Irish-Am sister: not good for a white girl to resort to boy-talk when speaking of an African-American man.

An irony in Dowd's essay, "A Flawed Feminist Test," is the apparent lack of irony with which she states this:
Many women I talk to, even those who aren’t particularly fond of Hillary, feel empathy for her, knowing that any woman in a world dominated by men has to walk a tightrope between femininity and masculinity, strength and vulnerability.

They see double standards they hate...
Yet Dowd herself has shown a notable lack of empathy toward Hillary Clinton, writing in a column titled, "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?"
At her victory party, Hillary was like the heroine of a Lifetime movie, a woman in peril who manages to triumph. Saying that her heart was full, she sounded the feminist anthem: "I found my own voice."
Ugh!

So here's what makes me really nuts: So many men despise Dowd, not just for her power and brains, but for those things in combination with her beauty, which just unnerves so many of them. And so, I find myself defending her against irrational attacks by envious men. And then she goes and says something sexist herself, and quite unhelpful to the feminist cause. It happens every time. Too often, rather than exercising her intellectual might in a manner becoming to her, she resorts, for cheap power, to her inner mean girl.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The 'oh-no-we-can't candidate'

That's what Air America host Rachel Maddow just called John McCain, who attempted to pour water on Barack Obama's "rhetoric of hope."

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The downfall of Hillary's confidante

At The Atlantic, Joshua Green raises the curtain on the career of Clintonista Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign manager who was canned on Sunday.

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Obama sweeps Maryland, Virginia and the District

Fresh on the heels of is sweep of this weekend's Democratic caucuses, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) tonight added to his column overwhelming victories in three mid-Atlantic entities: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

His victory speech, before what appeared to a vast crowd in Wisconsin, where Obama's next big contest will take place, was typically inspiring, though not quite as extraordinary as those he's given before. That's probably just as well; he needs to look a bit more human than he has of late, and lay off the messianic theme.

Preceding Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) addressed what appeared to be a large rally in El Paso, Texas, with a high-energy speech, well-delivered and complete with a list of policy changes she hopes to initiate. Clinton is in Texas because she's all but conceded next week's contests in Hawaii and Wisconsin to Obama. (The Texas primary is on March 4.)

To his detriment, Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz.), the likely Republican presidential nominee, delivered his victory speech after Obama's, offering a contrast between the past and the future before he even opened his mouth. McCain made it clear that he saw himself running against Obama, not Clinton, disparaging the "rhetoric of hope," the foundation of Obama's pitch, as "platitudes."

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Hillary: Now they say she's "pimping out" her kid

If you thought the sexism and outright misogyny expressed by men opposed to Hillary Clinton's run for the White House had reached its depths before Super Tuesday, you'd be wrong. For today brings word that MSNBC reporter David Shuster accused Hillary Clinton of "pimping out" her daughter, Chelsea. Into what mode of prostitution has the mother sold her girl? Why, politics, you fool!

Your blogstress finds it absolutely amazing that Shuster should use the language of prostitution to describe Chelsea Clinton's work on behalf of her mother. Over at Huffington Post, Taylor Marsh states the case: this should be Shuster's Imus moment.

This is the kind of crap that's adding fuel to the fires dividing feminists right now. The more misogyny of this order that's heaped on the Clinton campaign, the greater some feel an imperative for feminists to vote for Hillary. I don't agree that there's an imperative, but I do find myself more inclined to pull the lever for her every time some guy makes some stupid, misogynist statement, whether it's John Edwards trying to make himself look tough by kicking Hillary for having a verklempt moment on the trail, or Shuster accusing Hillary Clinton of "pimping out" her daughter.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Win or lose, Obama changes things in Jersey
(at least for a minute)

WESTFIELD, N.J.--Well, Barack Obama may not have won your blogstress's blessed native state, but he has succeeded in shaking up state politics here, luring support from such establishment political leaders as state Senate leader Richard Cody (who briefly served as governor, filling out the term of James McGreevey, who resigned after revealing a gay affair) and Congressman Steve Rothman.

But it wouldn't be New Jersey without a bit of voting intrigue, as your Webwench has been reporting for TAPPED:

JERSEY CITY, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM

UPDATE ON JERSEY'S VOTING WOES


Also got some response to Hillary Clinton's pitch to queer voters from Stampp Corbin, who runs the LGBT outreach team for the Barack Obama campaign:

DEMS VIE FOR GAY VOTES

On my way back to D.C. -- whoa, whoa, baby, back where I belong.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Hillary Clinton's outreach to queer folk

Well, she calls us by the more politically correct term, "LGBT Americans." Here's a blog post signed by Sen. Clinton, posted on a gay site:

LGBT Americans: "I Want to Be Your President"

by Senator Hillary Clinton


As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed – America is embracing its LGBT sons and daughters with an acceptance and understanding as never before. On the campaign trail, a father of a gay son will ask about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A woman will ask why she can be discriminated against just because of who she is. Sometimes they wait furtively for the crowd to thin and then whisper their confidences in a soft voice and sometimes they stand up proudly at town meetings and want me to share my views on how I will help lead the change to assure that this country fulfills its promise to everyone.

Let me tell you what I have been telling voters across America. I am fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans. For seven long years, the Bush Administration has tried to divide us - only seeing people who matter to them. It's been a government of the few, by the few, and for the few. And no community has been more invisible to this administration than the LGBT community.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STATEMENT

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Obama in Jersey

WESTFIELD, N.J.--It was not your blogstress's intention to abandon her devotees on Almost Super Monday, indeed it was not, mes amis. However, your cybertrix found herself with a sketchy internet connection inside the Izod Arena (renamed twice now, a terrible disservice to the memory of the governorship of one Brendan Byrne). When did Izod rule Jersey? I thought we were more a "Members Only" sort of crew.

So, please accept the apology for the lack of original material for today on AddieStan, but do take a look at your blogstress's offerings on TAPPED:

DE NIRO SENT TO MEADOWLANDS TO WHACK HILLARY

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Yes, we can

If you've been living in a cave, or away from a computer or BlackBerry or some other tethering device, you may not know of this brilliant piece of music by Will.I.Am, which is based entirely around the oratory of one Barack Obama. It's breathtaking. But don't take my word for it. Check it out.

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