When Democratic women say “The Obama camp has run a sexist, mysogynistic campaign,” we are told we’re wrong, no such thing, there was not any sexism there, except maybe some from Tweeety. When Democratic women say, “No, it’s not his race, it’s his lack of commitment to the programs that matter to us,” we are told that, no, we’re all just racist bitches, and that it’s our fault if he doesn’t win.
What does it mean to electoral outcomes if what we Democratic women are saying is simply true? That there is too much encouragement of and reliance upon misogyny as a campaign tactic? That our objections to this candidate really are based on rational economic self-interest, and are not due to his race?
Using shame (shame of being female, shame of being racist) rather than offering benefit is a tactic that may intimidate some, and perhaps win some over who would rather be part of the pack that attacks than one who is attacked, but mostly it engenders resentment. It is nothing on which political solidarity can be founded. Hasn’t the Democratic Party learned that it is not enough to run on “I’m not [insert opponent here]“? That was a losing argument against Nixon, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. Shouting “The other party is worse!” does nothing to address the weaknesses and failings of our own. Put on top of that a very public contempt for the concerns of a large and (until now) unswervingly loyal constituency and this is a recipie for long term, nearly permanent loss of electoral power.
I’ll never vote Republican, but for the first time in my life, I feel no desire to vote Democrat, either.
I’ve written reams of analysis of why the current election is shaping up the way it has and I may be wrong about my judgments on those things, but I know my own thoughts. When I say I won’t vote for Obama after the revolting campaign he has run and because he doesn’t have anything substantive to back him up, I mean exactly those two things, nothing more, nothing less.
Fox News has picked up the Blogger shut-down story and it’s currently the #2 story on their web site… and I’m already beginning to feel it. I’m starting to receive email and comments from Obama supporters telling me how stupid I am for not supporting Obama. None of them have actually read my blog, but they know all about “why” I’m not supporting BO. Take Marc:
This is sad. Are you people really that upset because Obama is going to run for President and Hillary is not? Is it because you guys really wanted a woman as the next President? How about this, you have the Green Party. There is a black woman who will be running for President. Since you guys say that you want a woman and you don’t really care about the issues, then here is your chance. Sad that most of you guys will vote for McCain and he already said what he is going to do with some women programs. McCain couldn’t even vote for equal pay for women. Instead, your anger is blinding you from what is right. I am a registered Republican who will vote for Obama. I love my country and I really question if you guys love this country. I feel it is mostly because of the color of Obama’s skin. You guys have supporters like Harriet Christian who say they fought for civil rights but yet start to rant racial slurs. If you are ready to send this country down the drain, please then, vote for McCain.
Let’s take them one by one, shall we?
Is it because you guys really wanted a woman as the next President?
Um. No. I don’t want just ANY woman to be president. I want Hillary. Not because she’s a woman, but because she is the most qualified candidate in my opinion.
Since you guys say that you want a woman and you don’t really care about the issues …
I care very much for the issues, hence I support a person who has fought for my issues for decades. Again, it’s not a WOMAN I want, it’s someone who will fight for me. Haven’t seen that from Obama.
I really question if you guys love this country.
Love it with all the fiber of my being.
I feel it is mostly because of the color of Obama’s skin.
It’s not the color of his skin. It’s the content of his character. Ask my son-in-law.
So, there you have it. According to Marc I am an unpatriotic bigot who only wants to see a woman elected.
Unity Pony for 200, Alex!
Today’s Obama spammer didn’t make it past moderation. Uppity posts on our latest incarnation, Phoebe.
When someone shows up here and acts like a concern troll, doesn’t respond to anything I’ve actually posted, my bullshit detectors start vibrating. A quick click on the commenter’s profile link is usually all I need to know because (A) they don’t usually have a blog or (B) hide their profile or (C) have a brand new profile (single digit profile views) which tells me that it was created just for the purpose of catapulting the propaganda. Spammers, please note this post and give it up.