Here is the NY Now response to Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barak Obama. The response is in blue, quotes from other people are in red and your humble reporter in white.
“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.”
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. – Irina Dunn, 1970
Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. “
So you are telling me that the NOW doesn’t criticize ALL men equally? Next they will tell me they looked the other way during Bill’s “issues” with the fairer sex.
“We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.”
“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us.”
And by “us”, you are referring to?
“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).”
Two words. Elizabeth Dole. Try and find that NOW endorsement.
“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.
“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
With so many reporters and columnists unable to see past Senator Clinton’s gender, it was refreshing on Jan. 22 to see Salon.com’s Tim Grieve point out the obvious: Clinton isn’t running for “first woman president,” she’s “running for president, period.” – Hillary Clinton and the Media:From Intelligent and Fair to Appallingly Sexist and Pointless By Katie Heimer March 15, 2007 now.org website