Allred’s Letter Only Proves Diaz Probably Intercepted It

The Meg Whitman saga continued today with Democratic operative and attorney Gloria Allred producing a letter sent by the Social Security Administration to the Whitmans notifying them of a discrepancy between the name of their housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, and the social security number Diaz was using. Allred hinted at the existence of this letter yesterday, and she produced it today. The media is up in arms again, as if they are incapable of doing what millions of Americans are already doing: adding up the facts and finding them wanting.

Whitman came out yesterday and emphatically denied she had received such a letter. Today she suggested the letter may have been intercepted by Diaz herself. Such letters, which are no longer sent, were sent to the employee two weeks before they were sent to the employer, giving Diaz a heads up. Allred said she got the letter from Diaz, who says she saved it. This suggests that Diaz may have indeed intercepted it.

Allred also claimed the letter had a hand-written note from Whitman’s husband, Dr. Griffin Harsh, directing Diaz to look into it. Any way you slice this one it’s a big ball of political crap played by one of the most experienced Democratic operatives in California–Gloria Allred. First, for a “feminist lawyer,” as she bills herself, she should be ashamed of herself for playing the Geraldine Ferraro card and attempting to smear Whitman with charges against her husband. Second of all, how hard do you think it is for a woman who worked for a family for nine years to fake the handwriting of family members? All the letter proves is that Diaz likely intercepted it and may have added a note in a desperate attempt to make it look legitimate. Continue reading

The Fruits of Sarah Palin’s Labor

Clockwise from top-left: Jeri Thompson, Michelle Malkin, Christine O'Donnell, & Sarah Palin

The risk Sarah Palin took in sparking a feminist revolution on the right is paying off in some pretty amazing ways, setting off a wave of movement for women on the right. Most readers here are familiar with the criticism Palin has received from an obsessive left that pours out its aggressive brand of sexism (and classism) against her. We’re also familiar with the success of Palin-endorsed candidates, many of whom were women. What we’re not familiar with is the idea of a right standing defiant in the face of sexism from the left, the media, and its own ranks. That’s what we saw last week in the wake of Christine O’Donnell’s primary win, and as a lifelong feminist firmly on-board with the new pro-woman movement, it was extremely gratifying to watch. In the face of left-feminism’s catty call for exclusion, a chorus of voices on the right this week demonstrated why Palin’s conservative-feminist revolution is necessary and effective.

This wouldn’t have, and perhaps couldn’t have happened three short years ago. Women on the right might have noticed and even discussed sexism within their own ranks, but an article like the one published by Jeri Thompson, wife of former Republican Senator Fred Thompson, wouldn’t have been published. Mrs. Thompson is unapologetic in her indictment of the predominantly male hierarchy of power on the right and their over-the-top displays of sexism against Christine O’Donnell:

“The response by the Republican political establishment to the Christine O’Donnell victory over liberal Republican Mike Castle in Delaware has been an embarrassment. A strong, vocal woman upturned the political tables in Delaware, a state where both political parties have been run like blue-blooded patriarchies for the better part of half a century, and all the boys that compose “the establishment” can muster is omniscient edicts about her absolute un-electability in a general election.

Funny, I don’t recall hearing similar talk from the likes of Mssrs. Rove and Cornyn after Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, Joe Miller won in Alaska, or Rand Paul won in Kentucky.

The difference here is that once the primary was over, the political elites in Washington stood by their men. Why won’t they do it for the woman?”

The whole piece is worth a read. Thompson, however, is not the only one on the right speaking out against the sexist treatment of Christine O’Donnell, which I documented at the New Agenda here. Michelle Malkin promoted the Thompson piece on her blog, and linked to other conservative commentators discussing the subject. Continue reading

Harry Reid Castles Coons

A lot has been said already about this quote from Harry Reid published yesterday at The Hill:

“I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate,” Reid said.

“Let me tell you about him: A graduate of Yale Divinity School. Yale Law School. A two-time national debate champion. He represents two-thirds of the state now, in an elected capacity. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen him or heard him speak, but he is a dynamic speaker. I don’t mean loud or long; he’s a communicator. So that’s how I feel about Delaware. I’ve always thought Chris Coons is going to win. I told him that and I tried to get him to run. I’m glad he’s running. I just think the world of him. He’s my pet.”

All bolding mine. Despite the coverage, it’s all been the same kind of smirking reaction I hate on the left, and I hate it just as much on the right. Because sarcasm is the refuge of a shallow mind. Fine, hilarious photoshopped images of Gollum notwithstanding, it’s a serious quote that should be parsed for what it reveals about the party in power, the leader in the Senate, and about the state of play in Delaware.

First, let’s talk about what was wrong with Mike Castle: Continue reading

Christine O’Donnell: Sexism & Elitism Watch

Christine O'Donnell makes her second third bid today to be the first woman elected to the Senate from Delaware.

9/16: Best. Rant. Ever. Compliments of Dennis Miller:

You’re missing the point Karl.  The formula, the slide rules, all the crap you’ve been using to, I’ll admit you were a genius at it, but it’s over.  The template has changed.  The people aren’t going to be satisfied with less hacky hacks like Castle anymore.  They don’t care if he was in politics for 30 years.  In fact that’s exactly what they didn’t like about him.  They don’t care if he’s your friend.  They want something different.

Conservative women have let you guys run things because quite frankly I think women are smart enough to know that politics is crap.  But they aren’t going to be baking cookies for your rallies anymore.  They’ve had enough.  You guys weren’t holding the line anymore.  They have picked up the pitchforks and are marching through the streets to put an end to this insanity.  They may be in cute furry bear suits but do NOT be fooled.  If you get out in the street and start trying to direct them like YOU think YOU are going to be the general, they will RUN OVER YOU.  You will have paw prints on your (bleeped) and pitchforks up your (bleeped.)  They’ve had it, it’s OVER.

This evening (09/15):

  • Esquire tells us what some men think. Do you really need any more reason to support this woman than to thwart the sorry careers of these hirsute buffoons? If nothing else they won’t be able to bully some poor 19 year old they’ve sexually abused and discarded into getting an abortion she doesn’t really want. Because Christine O’Donnell will personally ban abortion in America. I mean seriously, if she’s already taken down the GOP, what chance does abortion really stand?!?!?!?!?
  • WKJM and his Joshbots continue to try vainly to employ the slut strategy on a person who may be the only virgin to ever run for a Senate seat. Shorter TPM: She’s talked about sex! And she does not support our right to fuck vaginas whenever we feel like it! She’s even against us watching other people have sex behind our spouses’ backs! WTF!?? My take: A female/politician against porn? Awesome!
  • ThinkProgress and its NeoProg audience: O’Donnell is too honest and therefore stupid. And racist. She killed hypothetical Jewish people in a stupid scenario imagined by Bill Mahr.
  • Christine O’Donnell herself calls it correctly: cannibalism. Isn’t that what sexism/misogyny metaphorically is? Sacrificing half the population to fatten the bellies of the other half?
  • Holy shit, yeah! Jeri Thompson shows us why Sarah Palin’s feminist revolution is so important. Do you think a conservative woman could have written an article lambasting the sexism of Republican men and had it published just three years ago? Money quote (which goes perfectly with our sexism and elitism theme):

A strong, vocal woman upturned the political tables in Delaware, a state where both political parties have been run like blue-blooded patriarchies for the better part of half a century, and all the boys that compose “the establishment” can muster is omniscient edicts about her absolute un-electability in a general election.

The morning after up-date:

  • Mike Castle is an elitist dick. The GOP male hierarchy is a class full of elitist, sexist dicks.
  • Michelle Malkin reports on Rove and the GOP establishment’s hissy fit over O’Donnell’s win. Can you recall them doing this a male Tea Party candidate? I can’t, but if I’m wrong, shot it out in comments!
  • Wonk the Vote takes on the elitist Conventional Wisdom of the political class at The Confluence.
  • A Joshbot over at TPM carries water for Obama already. That was fast! Jacobson was right that the left will try to add the “sluts” strategy to the right’s “nuts” strategy! This will be hilarious since O’Donnell is seriously pro-abstinence.

I hope she wins. I don’t even like some of her politics, but I still hope she wins. I hope she surprises everyone and that all the folks calling the political news these days have to eat their socks. I’d love to have them served a heaping helping of toe jam by a working class gal.


The New Agenda published my article today on the sexism that has increasingly been the focus of the intra-party battle between Christine O’Donnell and Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate race. It’s worth a read.

In addition to the overt and covert sexism propagated by the Republican establishment in Delaware and the national level, O’Donnell has been subject to elitist classism, much like her recent endorser, Sarah Palin, did in 2008. This time the classism and associated sexism is coming from the Right instead of the Left, but you can be sure the Left will pick up the mantle for their friends on the Right should O’Donnell beat Castle today. I expect she will, if the polls are correct.

Because the primary is today, and because O’Donnell has a shot in a state that still, 230-someodd years after our founding and 90 years after women got the vote, has not elected a woman to the Senate or Governor’s office, O’Donnell and Delaware are currently dominating the media markets. Last minute support and last minute dirty tricks are the order of the day. All eyes will be on Delaware tonight as the last round of primaries comes to a close. I’ll be updating this thread throughout the day and in coming days to record and report the incidents of sexism and elitism being employed against O’Donnell.

Exhibit number 1 is the flip side of the Money Trap I’ve written about before. Continue reading