Even though I really don’t know what the complaint is about, my favorite Internet comment today: From “Christine V from Dallas, TX” in response to Poll: Obama gaining support with key Clinton demographics:
HOW CONVENIENT!!! THAT YOU SHOW THIS NOW
Gallup’s results released Tuesday are based on a survey of 1,261 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters using combined data from May 16-18, 2008.
BIASED BRAINWASHING TECHNIQUE OBAMA REPORTING!
OH OK FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER MILLIONS!!!
YOU MEDIA PEOPLE AND OBAMA PEOPLE ARE REALLY WORRIED AREN’T YOU….WAIT TILL NOVEMBER WHEN MILLIONS WILL SHOW UP IN FAVOR OF HILLARY OR MCCAIN AND
NOT YOUR PRODUCT AMERICAN IDOL!
It’s a thing of beauty. And I can kind of picture Geraldine Ferraro as the angry, bitter counterpart to Paula Abdul.
Posted in Clinton, Media, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, CNN, Democratic Election, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton, Internet Comments, Media, Politics, Polls
Looks like the question I posed yesterday was also asked in the discussion section of Slate.com’s XX Factor Blog, located here. And, like here, there have been no specifics (or even generalities for that matter) stated. A person did point out that Ferraro gave one example, and it was when Obama said Clinton was like Annie Oakley when she talked about her gun experience. I’m not sure how that’s sexist, unless comparing a woman to a woman is sexist in itself.
It sounds like this is yet another “impression” issue. It was created out of nothing, but has taken hold amongst a not-too-small number.
Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama
A big part of this campaign that has deeply troubled me is complaints of sexism from a not-too-small contingent. I have struggled to understand this in regards to complaints that the media has been harder on Clinton because she’s a woman, but I’ve come to terms with it. However, in relation to charges of sexism to things like asking Clinton to drop out, I am completely baffled. But there is one charge that I have never understood, and that’s the charge that Obama has been sexist in any way shape or form. In the link above, Ferraro says that Obama has been “extremely sexist” in running his campaign. Now, we can argue until we’re blue in the face just how sexist “sweetie” is, but is that really all we have as evidence of this? What, really, has he done that can be easily classified as “sexist”?
On another, yet related, note, it is rather senseless to not vote Obama in the General election because of these perceived slights. Just imagine the damage that would be done to gender equality by McCain and the Republicans should he be voted into office instead of Obama. And remember this more than anything, we’re one Supreme Court Judge away from overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s on top of a lot of other equality issues that the Court will likely go the wrong way on. And surely, gender equality will not get any better under continued Republican rule, but very well can, and I’d submit will, improve under an Obama Presidency.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, John McCain, Obama
Tagged '08 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Nomination, Geraldine Ferraro, John McCain, Politics, Roe v. Wade, Sexism, Supreme Court
As for the whole Geraldine Ferraro stuff, anyone who listened to NPR’s Talk of the Nation last Wednesday already knew that she has seriously gone off the rails. If you want to listen to it, and I promise you it will hurt, it’s towards the end of the show. Even the host, the usually unflappable Neal Conan, had no idea what do with her.