June, 2008

A note on PUMAs and sexism

By · Sunday, June 29th, 2008 · 34 Comments »

The PUMA movement is a grassroots uprising of people determined to resist the Obama takeover of the Democratic party and all that it represents. We refuse to legitimize from the left the sexism and misogyny that Obama exploited. We refuse to endorse the strong-arm, anti-democratic actions of the DNC itself, which manipulated the nominee selection […]

Comment of the day

By · Saturday, June 28th, 2008 · 18 Comments »

From Janis. This could stand as the creed of the PUMA movement: In order to keep at least one party on the straight and narrow in this country, we have to kick the Democrats in the teeth so hard that their heads ring like church bells. They need to be slapped down from this precipice […]

You need to sign this pledge

By · Friday, June 27th, 2008 · 14 Comments »

From the folks at I Own My Vote. I know there are a bunch of petitions floating around, a lot of different PUMA groups to join, a plethora of “why we fight” statements. But this particular manifesto looks like it has legs. It could end up being the unofficial head count of our movement, the […]

The Opossum Delusion

By · Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 · 26 Comments »

(I know the Possum Seal has been retired after its “one-time use” — har! — but once was enough. B.O. will always be Opossum to me.) The other day a commenter asked, “Do his women supporters even know what this guy is about? The more I talk to them to try to understand the more […]

Comment of the day

By · Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 · 23 Comments »

From FemB4Dem (emphasis mine): I am a longtime Dem — a money sending, door knocking, phone banking, foot soldier dem. No way I vote for Obama. Not only that, if my state is in play in November, I vote for McCain. Otherwise, I will be guilty of agreeing to, and participating in, the greatest screw […]

Somebody’s got a surprise coming

By · Monday, June 23rd, 2008 · 34 Comments »

Salon is pulling out all the stops to explain that the silly PUMAs are just venting when we say we won’t vote for Opossum. Walter Shapiro is up first with a piece that is breathtaking in its derision: As an empty threat, it ranks right up there with “Eat your spinach now or your mother […]

Truly, we are all possums

By · Saturday, June 21st, 2008 · 20 Comments »

Obama’s new seal: Love the Latin motto. Tell me, is it SOP for candidates to use seals that look an awful lot like the real Presidential seal? Or is this just another example of the subliminal advertising Obama’s campaign is famous for? Given how things have gone so far, this could totally work. The more […]

Obama to women: “Get over it”

By · Saturday, June 21st, 2008 · 10 Comments »

A reader sent me this, and it’s a doozy. At the Congressional Black Caucus meeting, Obama reacted unsympathetically to advice that he needed to reach out to the millions of women angry about how Hillary Clinton was treated: According to Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Obama then said, “However, I need to make a decision in […]

National Fourth Amendment Defense Day

By · Friday, June 20th, 2008 · 10 Comments »

I had to disappear for a few days to do some reclusive things, but I’m back in time for the holiday. That’s today, National Fourth Amendment Defense Day. I don’t think there will be any half-price sales at Bed Bath & Beyond to mark the occasion, but you can contribute to the festivities by phoning […]

Archimedes’ Lever

By · Thursday, June 12th, 2008 · 85 Comments »

In 1972 the Democrats became, somewhat half-heartedly, the party of women’s rights. Throughout the 1960s the Democrats had served as the de facto gathering ground for all the social justice movements of that era, and with the advent of the McGovern Commission rules, what had been informal became formal. The rules were changed, the convention […]