Another Bookmark Bites the Dust

Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog.

At this rate, I might actually be able to make a dent in my “to-read” ever increasing pile of books, which would be a nice side effect of this sorry state of affairs. This time, it’s David Brin (sorry, no link for that stuff), one of my favorite science-fiction writers. David Brin also has a blog and his latest post is what got me to eliminate him from my bookmark and newsreader. The item, of course, relates to the Democratic primary (what else):

“Regarding the looming question of the vice presidency, who will Senator Obama select? There’s talk about opting for Senator Clinton. And millions of us praying “no, please!” Give her and Bill 1,000 patroage slots! A Supreme Court appointment, anything. We need her campaigning in liberal strongholds in October, firing up her supporters… not saying provocative things on Fox and firing up the other side. The difference is day vs night.”

By now, this is the kind of stuff that makes me simply want to respond “go fuck yourself”… seriously. This is not the first time I have read this: Clinton supporters are mindless drones who can be appeased and will do our bidding for very little once we find the right reward, like mice in a maze. Well, David, we may be stupid but not THAT stupid and we can spot BS as well as anyone else.

And you know what? YOU can go campaign in liberal strongholds in October. As for saying provocative things on Fox, you might want to re-watch Obama’s interview there, you know, the one where he threw any liberal constituency he could think of under the bus, because, after all, the Unity shtick is only for conservatives, not for liberals (and then go read my pal Vastleft’s masterful takedown , it is one of the best blog piece I have ever read).

And then, of course, no Hillary critique would be complete without rank sexism targeting her and her women supporters, now wouldn’t it?

“A gesture to her wing of the democratic melange would be Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius , who backed BHO early and who managed to win re election by a landslide in a normally Republican prairie state. She is articulate, persuasive, ad – tho she’s not an HRC supporter herself – would also serve as an excellent offering to those Hillary supporters who have proved themselves to be, well, rather ferociously single-issue.”

That’s the solution, put another chick on the ticket as VP, we won’t notice the difference. After all, women are interchangeable and our limited brains will be fooled, “ferociously single-issued” that we are. Well, here another fuck you. The fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman is only ONE aspect of why we support her, among MANY other aspects. That seems to have escaped you. So, putting another woman on the ticket just to mollify us won’t do the trick. Again, I know we’re stupid but not THAT stupid.

Oh, and he’s not done yet. Here is another dose of patronizing and condescension:

“(An aside. Can you believe that feminists would actually utter the self demeaning and brittle phrase: “This may be my one chance to see a woman elected president!” Have any of them seen the new generation of karate-chopping young women out there? A generation that they helped to create? What a horrifically dour and sexist thing to say!)”

That’s right, we’re so stupid we can’t see how we’re not being feminist. Well, here’s another tidbit of information for you: the Obama campaign has pushed back the feminist agenda for decades by unleashing (strictly for the purpose of this nomination) the vile core of sexism and misogyny present at the heart of the liberal blogosphere, the media and the Democratic establishment. THIS is what will hurt any women who wants a political future. And no, this is not just because evil Hillary is oh-so divisive. It is because the liberal blogosphere, the media and the Democratic establishment ARE sexist, they just managed to hide it for all this time. So now, we know where they stand. And having very well mainstreamed sexist insults and discourse and allowed this whole pile of turd to be aired far and wide, the rest of us, women, will have to deal with it. It is YOU who fouled the water, we’ll have to clean it up.

So, thank you very much. You all got to enjoy your symbolic violence against us. I hope it was worth it. Don’t come blaming us for your loss in November. Reaping what one sowed and all that stuff.

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13 Responses to Another Bookmark Bites the Dust

  1. ClareA says:

    In this campaign, complaints of misogyny have been largely dismissed as the overreaction of Clinton supporters playing the gender card, whining, etc.
    Do people imagine that Michelle Obama will not get this treatment? Or is the assumption that misogyny addressed her way will be called racism and will thus be strongly decried by the same “progressives” who are ok with this stuff when it is directed at Clinton?
    The prevailing attitude seems to be that it’s not misogyny when the woman “deserves” it.

  2. Frenchdoc says:

    All very good points, ClareA.
    Or all of a sudden, at the slightest sign of attack against Michelle Obama, the good Senator from Illinois will suddenly become the knight in shiny armor fighting for respect of women.

  3. JP says:

    yawn, here’s hoping you find time to read some books and spare us these posts.

  4. coldH2Owi says:

    Well, that really helps.

  5. There was a time (well really from 2000 until 2007) when I was all Hillary Clinton all of the way. And then she went into her macho phase, and Obama seemed to have the more expansive world view.

    Lately they seem to be coming closer together again, and things are less clear for me. Neither yet is what I once thought she was, and that saddens me.

  6. Frenchdoc says:

    JP, no one’s forcing you to read. I’m sure there are books you too could be reading.

  7. I’m reading a good book! Ahab’s Wife. I’ve been meaning to read it since it came out a few years ago. It’s far more enjoyable than the news and the blogosphere – so good that I spent a good portion of time during the dreary SoCal Memorial Day weekend, curled up reading.

  8. Darrell

    Hillary’s “macho phase”? Like as in tough on foreign policy?

  9. Frenchdoc

    Apparently you have helped ColdH2OWI. I am so happy. No one ever seems to please Cold around here. 😉

  10. Frenchdoc says:

    So, THAT’s why you ask to come post here, Pamela! 😆

    I’ll be more than happy to “help” him some more!

  11. Frenchdoc

    Yes, I thought someone else might bring help Cold to warm up a little. Sadly, Cold will probably just keep the chill on though.

  12. Darrell Prows says:

    As in her overly traditional foreign policy phase. There for awhile she was trying to our Biden Biden, and that’s not a good thing in my mind. Our single most valuable national asset is our image in the eyes of humanity and it’s time for the U.S. to seek to be respected for what we do, instead of continuing to demand respect in spite of what we do.

  13. coldH2Owi says:

    Help, I need somebody,
    Help, not just anybody,
    Help, you know I need someone, help.

    When I was younger, so much younger than today,
    I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
    But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured,
    Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors.


    And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
    My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
    But every now and then I feel so insecure,
    I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before.


    When I was younger, so much younger than today,
    I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
    But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured,
    Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors.