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Obama wins again — plutocrats and misogynists sulk

In behavior, life, news, politics, US on November 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm
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English: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Honoree Sonia Pierre of the Dominican Republic at the 2010 International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. March 10, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s so annoying when $300 million just won’t buy you the President you want.

From The New York Times:

At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney’s loss the day before.

“All I can say is the American people have spoken,” said Kenneth Langone, the founder of Home Depot and one of Mr. Romney’s top fund-raisers, briskly plucking off his hat and settling into a couch.

The biggest single donor in political history, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, mingled with other Romney backers at a postelection breakfast, fresh off a large gamble gone bad. Of the eight candidates he supported with tens of millions of dollars in contributions to “super PACs,” none were victorious on Tuesday.

Not to mention all those nasty wimmin.

From Gawker, quoting from The Christian Men’s Defense Network, whose words I have put in boldface:

[O]n radio ads, on TV, and on the web, the Democrats tried to make this election about a single issue: The right to slut.

Or more precisely, the right to slut without the responsibility of consequences. The famous “gender gap” isn’t really a gap based on gender. The right overwhelmingly wins older and married women. The “gender gap” should more accurately be called the slut vote.

“Instead, we are looking at four more years of skyrocketing debt, stifling regulation, and the only First Lady who could possibly be bitchy enough to make Hillary Clinton look feminine.”

There is a small, nondescript building – indistinguishable in appearance from its neighbors – somewhere in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Within that building there is a room. Within that room there is a trapdoor leading to a smaller room, and in that subsequent room, resting in cold storage, there are no fewer than 17 First Ladies bitchy enough to make Hillary Clinton look feminine. Every one of them is a monstrous lesbian. One of them has silver eyes. Silver eyes! When she wakes, the world will burn.

“Women make up about 54% of the electorate. It is very hard to win without winning that segment, or at least losing it only narrowly while winning men big.”

A popular misconception. Women make up only about .0001% of the electorate. Did you know there are only 17 women in America? Through a complicated system of levers, pulleys, and elaborate hats, they are able to appear far greater in number.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of relief that millions of us felt when Obama won re-election. Yes, the economy still stinks and millions are still struggling hard to find a job or keep one or keep their homes. He has a lot of very hard work to do to pull the poor and middle class up the ladder, and I’m not sure what he can do. Every time a political candidate promises to create millions of jobs, I think — really? How? The government is already broke and corporations are sitting on record profits and refusing to hire.

The people who voted for Obama are young, female — and poor; 63 percent of those with incomes below $30,000 chose Obama.

No one who is struggling can see themself in Mitt Romney or his wife. Obama grew up never knowing his father and was a community organizer, dedicating himself early to helping others. Not, as Romney did at Bain Capital, helping others get richer.

The Republicans may now realize that playing with the word “rape” as two defeated candidates did, is political suicide. One suggested there is such a notion as “legitimate rape” and another felt that any resulting pregnancy was God’s will and must be carried to term.

Women vote. Women sneered at and dismissed and treated as political footballs notice.

The most powerful moment of election night, for me, were two brief glimpses of Romney’s supporters — white men in khakis — and Obama’s, a crowd of men and women of all colors and ages and sexual preferences. This is America today.

Also from Gawker:

Increasingly, the message in America is clear: If your organization or project is a myopic den of white homogeneity, or if your strategy for success includes trying to gin up fear around people who are different, you are destined for irrelevance, and nobody will care how rich you are, or who your daddy is, or at what ivy-draped liberal arts school you cut your perfect teeth. Those who haven’t learned that lesson are mocked, shunned, or, worse, totally ignored. Either way, they don’t win elections.

If you’d like to follow the Republican example and turn your nose up at diversity and bridge-building between races, genders, and creeds, more power to you. It is, as the call of children and patriots alike says, a free country. But don’t be surprised when you end up like Romney in his final moment last night: red-eyed, tired, dizzy, and congratulating the black guy who just beat him at his own game.

  1. I know there were many women who supported Romney but think what might have happened if his party had not brought up the issue of rape. People made it clear they did not want a guy like Newt Gingrich in the White House. But then to make it stunningly clear that anyone with that divisive mindset was not getting into office made the night for me.

  2. It does feel good to know Obama will stay in office. However, I’m not sure if some of these people on the far right will learn their lessons, especially the more bull-headed ones who won’t accept any opinion but their own and their preacher’s.

  3. Relief? That’s what you felt? You have got to be kiddin me. It’s people like you that are the reason we will see the fall of the USA. That’s insane. Time to play the unfollow you. Good luck with your next four years. You’ll need it.

    • Fascinating.

      Whatever anger Mr. Thornton expresses toward me and my views on this, he’s still got four more years of Obama. That anger and frustration might be better expressed at the Republican party who failed to win the election.

      Whose fault is this?

  4. Young, female and poor. Check check and check.

    I’ve read so many analysis pieces about how this election probably signals the end of the GOP as the last bastion of rich white men, who are committed to pushing a hyper-religious agenda rather than the economic policies they claim to run on, and that the party needs to evolve or die. Amen!

    • I suspect once you re-settle in London, your fortunes will improve significantly. I hope so!

      I think there’s real shock in Republican circles that, for once, people did not vote against their own interests. The absurdity of discussions of rape; the contempt for the 47%; the billions spent on this thing…what a waste. What a total disconnect from what we want and need: well-paid jobs! Consistently affordable health care for people who don’t have jobs. Reproductive rights for women. Decent and respectful discussions about Latinos, now 50% + of America. The conflation of “Latino” and working-class/illegal is disgusting and ignores millions of voters — who made this clear (er.)

      It’s a different world now.

  5. You don’t seem neutral on this election, but why should you? Anyway, I agree with your analysis, for what it’s worth, so even as a white Mid-Western American male, I won’t unfollow you or unfriend you (and found it mildly depressing that anybody would based on your political views–one of our ongoing issues in this culture in the inability to deal with political opponents without demonizing them and ignoring them, and one reason Republicans were shocked, shocked to find out there are Democrats in this country and even in white Iowa is they were too far off in the Fox bubble to see what was happening). I would not if you had backed Romney. But, I digress. I am curious about your thoughts, as a Canadian, on another U.S. election results, the vote by Puerto Ricans that they want to be a state: A Spanish-speaking state. Here are my thoughts on this issue: http://crgardenjoe.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/puerto-rico-a-state-yo-digo-que-esta-bien/

  6. But why would I be neutral? As a feminist and self-employed worker, alone, I have strong reasons to be in favor of the Democrats’ positions on many issues.

    I don’t have an opinion on Puerto Rico; I did read your post. I do think American insistence on English only is going to have to fade as Latinos become a majority and gain political power.

    • I was unclear. Of course, I would expect you (and any thinking person) to have and express opinions and not to be neutral. What I was commenting on was in reference to the earlier comment where the writer says he is “unfollowing” you due to your election opinions–which I found sad. The “you don’t seem neutral on this election” was not meant to suggest that you should be … merely that I suppose it would be the only way to keep your whole audience happy. Although of course that would not work since bored does not equal happy and writers can’t every make everyone happy and shouldn’t try.

      • Nah. Neutral is so boring! My audience here is so hopelessly diverse — men and women worldwide of all ages and ethnicities (which is also very cool) — that nothing can satisfy them all, nor should it. I wish Broadside got more views on a daily basis but the very diversity means it’s unlikely to please more than the 10 to 20 percent who read it daily.

  7. I don’t think I’ve stopped skipping in the last day and a half. :D The very fact that New Hampshire, a swing state, voted in entirely female representation, should speak volumes to the GOP. Maine and Maryland voting in favor of same sex marriage should speak volumes. Wisconsin voted in an openly gay, female senator. And of course, Obama. :) As for the nauseating disregard for the growing Latino population, I’m not sure I can phrase my feelings politely.

    I can say I was shocked and saddened by how many people I heard yesterday, clinging tighter to the rhetoric and saying the next Republican presidential candidate needs to be more to the Right.

  8. Wow. Seriously? Then they are having serious death wishes…

  9. If they actually read and understood the Bible they thump this world would be a better place. Only 17 women in America, well I guess that explains why I can’t find a date… But all those animatronic ones sure had me fooled… I thought I was better at spotting falsies, who knew!?!? ;)

  10. A couple of things. I love to read your blog; but I have to say as some other have also commented, that for the past two weeks or so, you have been on fire. There is a passion and fire in your columns much more so in the past two weeks. My other comment refers to health care. Everyone is Massachusetts has health insurance: that does not mean they have access to health care. There are not enough physicians for the many people that will now be insured. The infrastructure. The argument concerning whether or not health care needs to be changed is a separate conversation. Many docs I know will no longer take Medicare patients. They refuse to take Medicaid. Many were looking at the results of this election: many more physicians will retire early or leave the profession. I saw the documentary Escape Fire. Two minute patient visits? I look forwards to reading your comments on this. Agan, great work wiht the blog.

    • Thanks! As you can see, this election’s issues really resonated for me, even if (which I can’t as a resident alien) I couldn’t vote.

      The issue of healthcare is really complex, as you clearly point out. I grew up in Canada and visit there often; a good friend there is an ER physician in rural Ontario, so I have a fairly clear idea of that system’s challenges. The shock, here, for me is that doctors have the right to simply refuse to care for Medicaid or Medicare patients, which is less an infrastructure problem than under-financing. One of the levers I saw used by the Quebec government (my first husband, an MD, studied at McGill) was to over-pay dr’s who moved to rural/remote/underserved areas and under-pay them (by something significant like 20 or 30 percent, I recall) those who insisted on settling into over-served cities. Why can’t something like this happen here? With a single-payer system, (for all its hassles and problems), some things get simpler, but only if decently funded.

      Second problem? Insurance companies! The intermediation of this profit-making layer complicates everything — and because the U.S. relies on unfettered capitalism, I don’t see any easy fix. Their outrageous prices make health care a luxury good for far too many Americans, and this is totally unacceptable.

      The two-minute doctor is not every physician; mine spends 90 minutes (yes) on my annual physical, much of that in conversation. And we live in suburban NY, which has high taxes and a very high cost of living. That’s why I chose him and pay an extra fee to see him beyond my in-network coverage. American doctors are caught in a system that charges them $100k+ easily to train and then need to be re-paid and then expect $$$ as their annual income. Canadian doctors are trained in a system that is already heavily government subsidized. It’s often a matter of expectations, no?

  11. Whew, Caitlin … you would not believe the drama on my Facebook page. One former ‘friend’ couldn’t keep her shockingly vile comments to herself so I shared them in my blog post today. She had a meltdown that surpassed Donald Trump’s bad behavior.

    http://giftsofthejourney.com/2012

  12. Gulp. Thanks for sharing that. She is one seriously angry woman — who can’t spell.

    Jose and I were wondering how angry and bitter we would have been if Obama had lost. I’m not sure bitter, but very scared and worried.

    Those who fling the word socialism are, I suspect, people who don’t even own a passport and who have no idea whatsoever that other nations function well under different forms of government. Their lack of sophistication and knowledge is unfortunate.

    There is also a really pathetic notion that people who need social support networks are all lazy bums. Some are! But destitution is not an option. Tell her to rent The Grapes of Wrath on DVD. Better still, send her a copy for Christmas…the one where real Christians celebrate a man who fought hard for the poor.

    • Like you, I would been scared and worried had it gone the other way, but I don’t think bitter would have come into it.

      As for her use of the word socialism, I think there’s a lot she didn’t understand. Most of what she was saying seemed to come from folks like Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump so original thought probably has little to do with her rant.

      Your last paragraph in your response was perfectly stated.

  13. I weary of people who Bible-thump while vilifying the poor and weak as deserving of their misery. I wish fervently for a turn in their own fortunes, and a hard-hearted world to ignore them. Ugly, yes.

  14. I’m an Australian, so I’m not really qualified to comment on US presidential elections. However, I was very relieved when Obama won. VERY relieved. As you point out, he brought everyone to the table – and, suprise suprise, he got the most votes. And he brought it all home in those now famous closing comments. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, what your ability is, we’re all in this together.

    Now, if only our Australian politicians could be just as inclusive.

    • And yet a video of your PM berating the leader of the Opposition went viral here on FB, as no female American politician has that sort of authority nor would dare offer such a tongue-lashing. We loved it.

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