Blogging Progs

Rock on Anglachel:

There is an aspect to the misogyny that is mentioned here and there, but doesn’t get the full attention it deserves, and that is the class bias thoroughly interwoven with the gender hatred. Gov. Palin (yes, kids, she *is* a governor and I’m damnwell giving her the title she has earned.) and even more her daughter are being typified not just as female or sexually promiscuous females, but specifically as white trash females. Class, race and gender are all mixed into a seething stew served up by the privileged white males (and far too many females) of the MSM and the political establishment (Both parties – contemptuous stereotyping is not just for Republicans anymore!). In a class by itself, we get the raving Boyz of Left Blogistan, revving up the Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby known as Daily Kos and going for a gang-banging joy ride through the Palin family’s reproductive organs.

Oh do read the whole thing here

Palin’s Speech at the RNC

Listening to Sarah Palin’s speech to the RNC, and those of others, I’m surprised the Reprobates are going to keep going after Obama on the experience issue, apparently in the belief that Palin’s experience as a town mayor and two years as governor of Alaska will be viewed favourably in comparison.  Wow.

I’m also surprised by the “cheapness” of the criticisms of the Dems, whereas, at the DNC, I thought the criticisms were on substantive issues.  I really don’t care about the “Greek columns” at the Invesco Center.

It’s hardly an inspiring speech but it is hard for me to tell if I’m just too biased against the Reprobates to see or hear it fairly.  Geez, what do I mean by that?

However, I’m sure not thrilled by her put down of Obama for caring about the rights of detainees.  How fucking dare she?  How dare THEY?

Links and stuff later.

UPDATE:  I find myself quite pleased to see a woman with children and a baby in her arms onstage as a Vice Presidential Candidate.

David Brooks says “It’s been quite a long time since the Republicans have had an occasion to express pure, unalloyed joy.”  LOL


I think you could rack up 100 “sexisms” on the Palin sexism watch by now.  Many of the comments about Palin’s own pregnancy with her fifth child and the pregnancy of her daughter are simply beneath contempt.

Check the posts, and comments, at Shakesville, and Historiann for a better view.

And here’s what Obama said:

BO: I have heard some of the news on this and so let me be as clear as possible. I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics, it has no relevance to governor Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18. And how family deals with issues and teenage children that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that is off limits.

Jeff Zeleny: an unnamed McCain advisor as reported on Reuters that the despicable rumors have been spread on blogs some even with Barack Obama’s name on them.

BO: I am offended by that statement, there is no evidence at all that any of this involved us. I hope I am as clear as I can be. So in case I am not, let me repeat, we don’t go after people’s families, we don’t get them involved in the politics, it is not appropriate and it is not relevant. Our people were not involved in any way in this and they will not be. And if I ever thought it was somebody in the campaign that was involved in something like that they would be fired. Ok. Alright guys. Thank you.

Thank gawd.

UPDATE:  And see Zuzu’s post at Shakesville and Melissa McEwan at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, titled, “Pregnancy is No Political Football”  Right.  That.

UPDATE II:  And the inimitable mattt bastard, here and here

And BTW here’s what I said, buried in this post on Friday, before this had all gone quite so crazy as it’s gone now

UPDATE III:  I can’t believe AlterNet post this piece of crap from the Big Orange Satan

UPDATE IV:  Holy crap, Sally Quinn

And a big thanks to Atrios:

K-Tee asks:
Would Sally Quinn write this if the candidate in question were the father, not the mother?

No.This has been another edition of of simple answers to simple questions.

And Riverdaughter

Blog Sampling on Biden

Some bloggers on Joe Biden:

I’m not exactly pleased by Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as a running mate, but then again, I’m not especially surprised, either. This is just one of many actions Obama has taken that signal that he’s more about politics-as-usual and supplicating the Beltway elites than he is about substantive change.

More here from Kathy G.

And here’s Melissa McEwan at Comment is Free America:

So Barack Obama, the candidate of hope and change, has selected as his running mate an old, straight white guy who’s been in the Senate for 36 years? Says my friend Phil Barron: “Disappointed, change agents? Well, if you had a revolution every day, it wouldn’t be special, would it?” And who can argue with that?

It’s certainly a curious choice, given that Biden’s support of the credit card industry-lobbied bankruptcy bill is exactly the sort of thing from which voters fed up with insider politics want, uh, change. And it will definitely be interesting to see just how much integrity there is among the progressives who refused to support Hillary Clinton because of her support for the Iraq invasion, now that Obama’s gone and picked one of its (former) cheerleaders as his running mate.

The case against Biden was … vast.

This is the best that Thomas Nephew can do at newsrackblog:

Visually and by resume, he’s not exactly a harbinger of change to believe in. But it could have been worse. And at least Delaware’s 3 electoral votes are now all but guaranteed this November.

At The Wild Wild Left:

1) He has no problem with the DLC, lobbyists, or the corporate wing of the Democratic Party.  Biden has been known for decades as “the senator from MBNA” because of the extensive banking-lobby cash that’s flowed into his coffers.  His unforgivable support of the bankruptcy bill likely stemmed from that support.

2) He has no problem with neocons.  Biden declared during the primary debates that he would unilaterally bomb Darfur on his first day in office.  That’s not what Obama believes, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with a vice president who supports it.

3) His vision of “change” involves using the same people who’ve desecrated Washington for decades.  Biden has been in the Senate for thirty-five years, during which time he’s not distinguished himself as any kind of maverick or outsider.  Apparently Obama’s “change” means keeping the same people in government rather than throwing the bums out.

4) He’s not offended by slurs against East Indian people, which Biden has been known to utter, or by plagiarism, in which Biden has been known to indulge.  Nor is he bothered that the man he’s chosen once referred to him as “articulate and bright and clean.”

5) He wants to be the movement all by himself, not share that distinction with others.  Unlike Bayh, Kaine, and even Sebelius, Biden is too old to run for president after this (he’d be 73 at the end of Obama’s second term).  This thankfully spares us from a Biden presidency, but makes the campaign about Obama’s ego rather than his message.

This sampling reflects my bias.  Most Dems seem to be saying, it coulda been worse.  Sigh …

UPDATE:  From Feminist Law Professors

Like this blogger, I remember how he [Biden] treated Anita Hill. I remember the plagiarism, which may have started when he was in law school. Worst of all, however, is his support for a bankruptcy regime that enriches large corporations at the expense of working class people, (see also) hitting women particularly hard.

I expect I’m still going to vote for Obama, but I feel far less connected to his vision for this country. Good link roundup on Biden here.

–Ann Bartow

Sorrow in the House of Democrat

Melissa McEwan on Obama’s disappointing choice of running mate:

For months and months I have read rejections of Clinton because she supported the war, but I suspect that those making the argument will not now reject Obama because he put one of its cheerleaders on his ticket. For months and months I have read rejections of Clinton because she and/or her husband are racist, but I suspect those those making the argument will not now reject Obama because he put a man who says things like this or this or this or this, all within the last two years, on his ticket. For months and months I have read exhortations that I must vote for Obama because he will protect reproductive rights in a way McCain won’t, but I suspect those who have beat me with that cudgel will not now reject Obama because he put on his ticket a man who does not support federal funding for abortion and supported the “partial-birth abortion” ban even without protections for the health/life of the mother.

And what of those who have chanted Obama’s 100% NARAL rating like a mantra? Will they reject him now that he has asked to join his ticket a man with a 36% NARAL rating in 2003 and a 75% rating in 2007? Or will they come at last to their stubborn insistence that he’s still better than McCain, even though that’s not the debate…?

I’ve never been a member of the Democratic Party; I’ve never been a partisan. But I have always voted for Democrats, and I always felt marginally in tune with the party. Now, I feel completely distant, completely detached. This, I fear, will only deepen that divide.

At some point, I’m going to be incredibly angry about that. But at the moment, I’m not even angry. Not yet, anyway.

In this moment, I just feel incredibly sad.