For anyone keeping score, this is the right way to respond when an ally of yours snubs you and endorses someone else:
Our country and our Party are stronger because of John’s service, and I respect his decision.
The wrong way most likely involves calling the endorser a raging misogynist and then going after people who have absolutely nothing to do with the endorsement.
He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’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 women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.
Damn you, Kucinich lovers! They’re just a bunch of old-fashioned, sexist Washington insiders.
It gets a lot better, though. Apparently, as someone who will not be voting for Clinton in the NY primary, I’m objectively pro-rape.
Then there was that movie where Jodie Foster portrayed the true story of woman who was ganged raped in a bar while others looked on and encouraged the realization. Still others pretended the rape didn’t happen. In short, gang raping of women is commonplace in our culture both physically and metaphorically.
This past week, we witnessed just such a phenomenon involving men who are afraid of a powerful woman. Hillary Clinton, in her quest for her Presidential nomination, has in fact endured infantile taunting and wildly inappropriate commentary. Indeed we have witnessed almost comical attacks by John Edwards who in turn sided with Barak Obama as both snickered at Clinton’s “breakdown,” which consisted of a very short dewy-eyed moment. Now John Kerry, who should certainly know better after his own “swiftboating,” has joined the playground gang.
I’m so confused right now. Nobody, not even Christ Matthews, is denying that Clinton’s been getting more than her share of sexist remarks from punditry, but what the hell did John Kerry do? If he’s said anything sexist about Clinton, it must have been couched in so many Kerryisms that I passed out before he got to the sexual harassment part.
Here’s the problem with the internal logic of this response: If endorsing anyone besides Clinton makes you a sexist because she’s a woman, then one could just as persuasively argue that endorsing anyone besides Obama makes you a racist. Therefore, NOW is a racist organization. Checkmate.