Women & Elephants Never Forget

Down from Caesar past Joynson-Hicks
Echoes the warning, ever new:
Though they’re trained to amusing tricks,
Gentler, they, than the pigeon’s coo,
Careful, son, of the curs’ed two—
Either one is a dangerous pet;
Natural history proves it true—
Women and elephants never forget.

~Excerpted from Dorothy Parker’s Ballad of Unfortunate Mammals.

A few weeks ago in comments I said that if I ever found out the sexism of this whole long election season was intentionally provoked by the Obama campaign, I would never forgive him. I amend that statement; I will never forgive them. By them, I mean Democrats.

Dr. Socks this morning has an excellent reminder of how this whole thing played out, discussing the infamous Bobby Kennedy comment this June. In hindsight, the hullabaloo is obvious. This is just one instance of how this dynamics worked.

There was nothing remotely sinister or even remarkable about Clinton’s statement, which is why the Argus Leader editors didn’t remark on it. It was perfectly obvious that Hillary was talking about primary contests that lasted into June.

But the Obama campaign, aided by its allies in the media, managed to turn this innocent exchange into the grounds for a witch-hunt. They spread the lie that what Hillary said (or meant) was that she was staying in the race in case Obama was assassinated. It’s the kind of interpretation that you would never in a million years come up with on your own, but if somebody primes the pump by telling you that’s what Hillary said — before you’ve seen the tape yourself — then you might believe it. Especially if you’ve been bombarded for months with the message that Hillary Clinton is a monster, an evil bitch who will do anything to get elected, a would-be murderer, a Glenn Close type from Fatal Attraction, someone who would poison Obama’s food if she could get to his chef.

It all gets clearer and clearer as time passes, which I’m sure they counted on. The lag of considered women, who just might be reticent to rebut the sexism because of their sympathy on issues of race. We’ll see if it worked. Meanwhile, Obama is asking Larry Summers, the sexist Harvard bozo, to advise him, and is asking Rahm Immanuel, who thinks teachers are those that can’t “do,” to be his chief of staff. Obama shows himself more and more to be in favor of gender-based discrimination, even as he and his team attack like Rottweilers over race issues that may or may not be real.

But I’m not even remotely done. Check out this gem I found on PUMApac the other day. Murphy caught this on comments at Hillbuzz:

sarah p Says:
October 27, 2008 at 5:04 am Ok, I want to clear my conscious a little. Hopefully you could make a blog post to help some fellow clinton supporters out.

I work for a campaign and can’t wait for this week to be over.

I was doing it for a job. I was not a fan of any candidate but over time grew to love HRC.

The internal campaign idea is to twist, distort, humiliate and finally dispirit you.

We pay people and organize people to go to all the online sites and “play the part of a clinton or mccain supporter who just switched our support for obama”

We do this to stifle your motivation and to destroy your confidence.

We did this the whole primary and it worked.

Sprinkle in mass vote confusion and it becomes bewildering. Most people lose patience and just give up on their support of a candidate and decide to just block out tv, news, websites, etc.

This surprisingly has had a huge suppressing movement and vote turnout issues.

Next, we infiltrate all the blogs and all the youtube videos and overwhelm the voting, the comments, etc. All to continue this appearance of overwhelming world support.

People makes posts to the effect that the world has “gone mad”

Thats the intention. To make you feel stressed and crazy and feel like the world is ending.

Go read the whole thing. It’s well worth it. As Murphy says, we have no way of knowing if this comment is legit, except that it backs up everything we’ve been seeing and saying, and is 100% accurate to our collective experience.

I now believe the sexism and the misogyny was intentional. I think that Obama and his campaign advisers sat around and had the same conversation amongst themselves that Bill Clinton had with the American people a month ago–which is to say they acknowledged that sexism is worse than racism. I’ll take it one step further and say I think racism actually provides a shield in this political climate, while having a vagina strips you of a shield. Utter fucking bullshit.

But even if it wasn’t intentional, what went down is reason enough for me to declare publicly that the only Democrats getting my vote for the foreseeable future are Democrats with vaginas. What they did to Hillary Clinton, a woman of accomplishment and a former First Lady, is reason enough to abandon them, even if she herself does not have the moral courage to do so. I think many of us where prepared to have Republicans try to beat her unfairly, but we never saw immoral, win-by-any-means-necessary Democrats coming. I will never forget.

I will never forget that they allowed it to happen and that, to this fucking day, not one single democrat of power has spoken out against it. That is enough. I will never forget that they’re silence equals complicity here, and I will not reward them for it. In fact, I will never vote for another male Democrat until someone in the party stands up and says enough, it has to stop now, we recognize what happened here and sexism and the deliberate destruction of the first viable female candidate for president because of her gender is not a Democratic value. We’re sorry and we will never do it again.

That is what is required to get my vote again, and nothing less will do. I will never forget. It is my sincere hope that other women who care about the progress of women will join me. Please do not reward these despicable people, not even down-ticket. If you have any doubts about how you’ll feel if you pull that lever for McCain/PALIN, check out patriotgrls fine post over at Red, Hot & Blue Politics. A snippet to whet your appetite:

If you are as disgusted with this nonsense as I am; if you are disgusted with media bias, sexism, and misogyny; if you are disgusted with how the Obama campaign (along with Democratic party leaders in his pockets) used sexism, misogyny, and false charges of racism against the Clintons and Hillary’s supporters, if you are as disgusted with Obama’s lies, broken campaign promises, and flip flops as I am, then don’t reward the behavior by voting for him just because he is a Democrat. He isn’t; he is a liar and an opportunist who is willing to do or say anything to get power. Remind you of anything — the Bush Administration. I’m done with Bush and I’m done with Obama!

Instead, I chose to remember Hillary. I remember her solutions to restore America and her strength, perseverance, and grace. I remember her smart, wonky ways and vast knowledge of the issues. I remember that she won the popular vote and should be the party nominee. I remember that only a few pledge delegates separated her and Obama, delegates gained by fraud. I remember Obama’s caucus fraud and how the RBC committee gave him votes from Michigan, a state where he removed his name from the ballot. I remember they gave him four of Hillary’s delegates. I remember the convention sham and how Democratic Party leaders thwarted the will of the people and selected Obama.

I won’t forget, nor am I ready to forgive. I cast my “No Deal” protest vote with full conviction.

I’ll be there on Tuesday, casting my vote for McCain/PALIN. I’m voting for the vagina, because I am a Vagina Warrior*, and because this shit will keep happening until women wake up, stand up, and speak up. I’m wide awake and reporting for duty. And I will NEVER forget.

*A drunk third waver called me this during the primary season. She thought it was an insult. Ha! I think it’s accurate, and I embrace it. She can thank me later when she has more rights that are protected better. In the meantime, I’m proudly taking up the mantle. Vagina Warrior it is, then. I may even have a t-shirt made and wear it to the polls on Tuesday.

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7 comments on “Women & Elephants Never Forget

  1. Chevalier says:

    And one more woman, this time verifiably true, says ‘so long democrats’ pained by the sexism to Palin and, of course, Clinton.

    “A speechwriter for Obama, Edwards, and Clinton on why she’s voting McCain.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-28/so-long-obama

  2. madamab says:

    Amen, annabelle!

    In fact, I will never vote for another male Democrat until someone in the party stands up and says enough, it has to stop now, we recognize what happened here and sexism and the deliberate destruction of the first viable female candidate for president because of her gender is not a Democratic value. We’re sorry and we will never do it again.

    That’s exactly right. Until that day comes, they are toast in my book. I will vote for females no matter what political party, but no more Democratic men. They have shown us who they are, and it’s a terrible, hateful sight.

  3. Patti says:

    Oh, Anna Belle, you’ve got me welling up. And pissed off! I already sent my ballot in for McCain/Palin. Never thought I’d be forced to vote Republican, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. As you’ve probably quoted her before:

    “No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.”

    Susan B. Anthony

  4. CognitiveDissonance says:

    Amen, Anna Belle. The democrats are soon going to understand how they’ve sabotaged themselves for many elections to come. They’ve exposed their underlying misogyny for all to see. How stupid is that, when women form the majority in the donkey (or should I say “ass”) party?

    Because of their betrayal, many of us have been working alongside republicans to get McCain/Palin elected. And some of us have been surprised to find that many of these republicans are not so different from some of us. We may not agree on everything, but we do love our country. Hearing about McCain’s Pennsylvania flyer promising to put more women in government positions than ever before really made my day! If the democrats aren’t interested in a 30% solution, then I’ll support anyone who is. When I marked my ballot for McCain/Palin, I also voted for several women republicans for state offices that were open. I’ll never vote straight democrat again.

  5. R2D2 says:

    Americans needed a president ready to lead on day one, but what they will get is another incompetent. Sometimes I think that Hillary is happy to elect Obama because that’s her revenge, but I know that’s my hidden wish.

  6. Cher says:

    Do you truly believe that the Republican Party and/or John McCain are any LESS misogynistic than the Democratic Party and/or Barack Obama? Or are you so crushed by Hillary’s primary defeat that you are willing to vote for the same? May I be truthful here? It really does look very, very much like a revenge vote which in my heart is more destructful than simply choosing not to vote this time around. Once someone chooses to step into the ring, it’s no holds barred. Hillary fought a good fight unfortunately, in my opinion, she wasn’t strong enough at this point to hold her own, but look what she did for herself, possibly, for the next go around. Not just for herself, but for the many girls that are looking forward to a future where one of them CAN become not just a senator, a superior judge a vice-president, or a president. I hate the devisivness. Blacks have waited for years as well. What about the future black, female president? Don’t you think that both Hillary and Barack might have something to do with that?

    When I’m asked just what I am hoping for with the outcome of this election, it’s not just hope of restoring honor to this country that I love, it’s about hope for the economy, hope for health care, hope to bring education back on track and hope for the girls of the next generation to be even stronger.

    Again, I’m simply asking in order to understand the almost innate hatred I feel coming from so many here. Hatred will never solve anything. Not forgetting and not giving up will.

    Cher

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