Sunday, August 31, 2008

On creepiness and sexual harrassment

(Hat tip to Americablog and The Jed Report)
Barack Obama is right, John McCaine doesn't get it. He assumes that women are stupid enough to vote for a woman who is all flash and no substance. He thinks of women as objects. Obviously, he does not have a high opinion of women. His tastes run to former beauty queens and models, the first wife was a model and very attractive before she was crippled in a car accident while he was building the basis for his political career in some fancy hotel in Hanoi. But let's face it, beauty queens do not have a reputation for being very smart or deep. John McCain has issues with women. Maybe it's from his long naval career. Or maybe from his generation, he was born before the baby boom. Who knows? I've met men younger than me who have contempt for women. And women know this, despite the nomination of Sarah Palin to be his Vice President.

And this is the part where the wingnuts start whining about the Clenis. But here's the deal. Bill Clinton actually likes women. His policies while he was in the White House helped women. Even though he was a womanizer, he remained married to the same woman. He listened to the advice of female advisors like Madeline Albright (who was way more effective as Secretary of State than Condoleeza Rice) The right wing echo chamber was mystified as to why President Clinton had the support of organizations like the National Organization of Women and NARAL despite the "bimbo eruptions". It's because his policies (with the exception of welfare reform) helped women. And women were smart enought to know this.

Politicians like John McCain don't get, they think tokenism is the way to win the hearts and minds of women. It isn't. Insulting our intelligence doesn't close the gender gap. But I'm sure it's a winning strategy for the GOP, keep it up.

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