If I’m in the National Organization for Women, I’m embarassed right now. As you may or may not have heard, Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama’s presidential bid today, delivering a nice, Boston-accented “fahk you” to Bill and Hillary Clinton in the process. And because Ted endorsed a boy, who of course are all just a bunch of meanie meanie doodoo-heads and who have cooties and do nothing but snap bra straps and pull pigtails all day, the NOW freaked out. The full text of their
PMS-fueled screed statement is below, and I would like to point out that its authenticity was confirmed by The Politico’s Ben Smith, who checked with organization president Marcia Pappas:
“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.
“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation – to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
A “that time of the month” joke, while probably accurate and suitably derisive, would be too easy here, so I won’t make one. I don’t really need to, as the statement is a big enough joke in and of itself – “he picked the new guy over us”? What is this, a cafeteria lunch table? I must say, it is not without irony that the National Organization for Women, of all groups, has reinforced the notion, which I had thought to be banished by simple modernity, that women shouldn’t be in power because the minute they don’t get their way, they throw a hissy fit and pull the sexism card. So let’s see how Hillary’s quest to break the gender barrier is going:
1. Hillary is asked how she is coping with the stress of the campaign. She cries.
2. Hillary gets poll numbers showing her in big trouble in South Carolina. She runs away and sends her husband, who has cheated on her innumerable times mind you, to do the fighting for her.
3. Hillary loses the endorsement of Ted Kennedy, and the National Organization for Women all run crying into their treehouse and yell “Unfair!” at the mean boys across the street on her behalf.
Stay tuned, when we’ll see Hillary cope with losing Florida by going on a daylong crying jag and watching a Steel Magnolias/Thelma and Louise double feature.