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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Questions about foreign policy? Sexist! 

I give you our right-wing opinion makers.

"She's an economic and social conservative. She's a reformer. She's a former mayor - she was the mayor of I think the second largest city in Alaska before she ran for Governor." - Karl Rove last week on Sarah Palin on why she's a great VP choice.

"He's been a governor for 3 years, he was mayor of the 105th largest city in America - with all due respect to Richmond Virginia, it's smaller than Chula Vista, CA, Aurora, CO [lists several other larger cities] - it's not a big town. So if he [Obama] were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said 'You know what? I'm really not first and foremost concerned with is this person capable of being President of the United States." - Rove, a month ago discussing Obama's possible VP pick, the governor of Virginia.

"Millions of American families are dealing with teenage pregnancy and as long as society doesn't have to support the mother, father or baby, it's a personal matter... It is true that some Americans will judge Governor Palin and her family - for the sake of her and her family we hope things calm down." - Bill O'Reilly telling us that Palin's daughter's pregnancy is none of our business.

"Here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her. Incredible." - Bill O'Reilly several months ago condemnig 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears and her parents for her widely-publicized pregnancy.

"There have been tougher and harder questions that have been asked relentlessly by a biased news media about her daughter than about Barack Obama who's been running for 19 months." - Sean Hannity on Palin's coverage.

"A man would never have had to go through this. It's the deep sexism that runs through our society." - Dick Morris agreeing with the previous Hannity quote.

"When a woman wants to be President she shouldn't complain based on gender. ... Whenever the coverage gets too critical she retreats behind the apron strings." - Dick Morris calling Hillary Clinton a crybaby for complaining about coverage of her.

"People who think they're helping her by playing this gender card are hurting her. It would be a terrible mistake for her to play this victimology card because I think it's not what we want in a President." - McCain adviser on Clinton's coverage

"The nature of these attacks, because they involve family members and because they're just so disrespecful of her as a woman... I hope that they would have learned by now not to be so quick to belittle the accomplishments of women... Questions about - she has young children - that came out, and it was, from a feminine perspective I found that to be one of the most outrageous double-standards I've ever seen." - same advisor on how the media is being too hard on Palin.

And finally...

"When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate, with any kind of perceived whine about excess criticism by the media or a sharper microscope put on her - I think that doesn't do any good. I mean - work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree that you're going to be the best candidate." - Sarah Palin on why Hillary Clinton should stop whining about sexism and just be a better candidate.

Of course, the "excess criticism by the media or a sharper microscope put on her" doesn't feel so good when you're the "her" - does it? Then we were tearing down a woman with a (D) after her name - now, we're talking about an unknown governor who's been in charge of less money per year than we waste per month in Iraq who's supposed foreign policy experience comes from a geographic proximity to Russia. It's not sexist to point any of this out - it's a statement of fact and of John McCain's disrespect for the American people, not to mention the Republican faithful who are stepping up to spout this nonsense as if it made any sense.

Source for all this here; http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=184086.

Why any of these people should be taken seriously about anything is beyond me.


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