September, 2008

Why the attacks on Sarah Palin are the best argument for voting for her

By · Saturday, September 13th, 2008 · 105 Comments »

The treatment of Hillary Clinton this year showed us that sexism is far more acceptable and more endemic than racism in this country. Naysayers liked to claim that the hatred was for Hillary alone, not for all women; but they were wrong. Just look at Sarah Palin. She’s different from Hillary in almost every respect, […]

Never underestimate the ability of Democrats to lose an election

By · Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 · 8 Comments »

I thought Republicans were supposed to be the party of women-who-hate-other-women: South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” Maybe this is all just part of the Democrats’ GOP-envy. Gawd knows they’ve […]

Obama campaign continues to depict Palin as a moron

By · Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 · 19 Comments »

From “senior Obama adviser” Anita Dunn: “She’s new, and a good performer of that speech that she reads, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into votes eight weeks from now,” Dunn said A good performer of that speech she reads. Sarah Palin is the goddamn Governor of Alaska. She’s a crack politician who has made her […]

Second Wave Squared

By · Sunday, September 7th, 2008 · 32 Comments »

For the past few months I’ve been talking in bits and pieces about the new wave of feminism that Hillary Clinton’s campaign jump-started. The thrill of seeing a woman reach for the presidency, combined with the trauma of seeing that dream despoiled by the latent sexism and misogyny in our society, has sparked a feminist […]

Real feminism

By · Friday, September 5th, 2008 · 62 Comments »

I’m going to post here what I said over at Apostate’s: I see Sarah Palin as an ordinary modern Republican woman with feminist leanings — about as feminist as Republicans get. I do not think she’s evil, anymore than I think most ordinary Republicans are evil. I believe she — and they — are mistaken […]

Give ‘em hell, Sarah

By · Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 · 57 Comments »

Gawd. Sarah is a star. I disagree with this woman on almost every policy position, but I like her anyway. Actually I think I have a tiny little spirit-crush on her. She’s Annie Get Your Gun, she’s Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, she’s about a half dozen American populist fantasies all rolled into one. Hockey […]

And we thought the woman-hating couldn’t get any worse

By · Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 · 25 Comments »

You know the argument: the Hillary-haters don’t really hate women; they just hate Hillary. All the sexism and misogyny thrown at Hillary is for her alone, not for all women. Yeah, right. The Crucifixion of Sarah Palin is one of the most revolting things I’ve ever seen. After the Trashing of Hillary I thought the […]

What Anglachel said

By · Monday, September 1st, 2008 · 24 Comments »

Here: What [McCain] has done is actually quite sophisticated. It is very short sighted to say that he can’t use the “lacks experience” argument against Obama anymore now that he has chosen Palin. Wrong. He now can say he put Palin in a position that is appropriate to her political talents and promise, but which […]

Leave the kid alone — and her mother too

By · Monday, September 1st, 2008 · 25 Comments »

What in the hell does Sarah Palin’s daughter have to do with being Vice-President? Newsflash: Teenagers have sex. Teenagers get pregnant. Teenagers who don’t believe in abortion don’t get abortions. What the hell is the big deal? From where I sit, Palin and her family seem to be handling the situation admirably. There’s no evidence […]

Five women buried alive in “honor” killings; Pakistani lawmaker unsure what the big deal is

By · Monday, September 1st, 2008 · 16 Comments »

Women buried alive in ‘honour’ killings Aug 30, 2008 09:37 AM ROBIN McDOWELL The Associated Press ISLAMABAD–A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage. “These are centuries-old traditions and […]