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Update with Huckabee’s line:

I am so sick of hearing about Governor Palin’s lack of experience, I want everyone to know that when Sarah Palin ran for Mayor of Wasilla she got more votes for mayor than Biden did running for POTUS!!!

Imagine if only Howard Dean had cable!

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic Party, who says he was slow to pick up on charges of sexism because he is not a regular viewer of cable television

As it is, GOP women don’t let one of theirs be run over by Obama’s media surrogates

a group of leading Republican women accused the media Wednesday of sexist “smears” against John McCain’s running mate.

“The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks,” said Carly Fiorina, a McCain aide who formerly headed Hewlett-Packard. “I don’t believe American women are going to stand for it either.”

and they were smart enough to tie in with the Clinton attacks:

The GOP women spoke often and respectfully of Hillary Clinton — a Democrat who has been bitterly opposed over the years by Republican faithful — repeatedly accusing the media of sexist attacks against her and faulting Democrats for failing to defend her.

“I think one of the things Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency did is attune women’s ears to sexist attacks,” Fiorina said, insisting that “I do not think the Republican Party subjected her to sexism.”

well, not directly in any case.

and a video with some of them:

Update of September 4

For that exceptional work, M0D0 was awarded the Tweety award. Congratulations!

Predictably the doyene of mysoginistic snark is outraged:

Now Republicans are pulling out the sexist card.

Hillary cried sexism to cover up her incompetent management of her campaign, and now Republicans have picked up that trick. But when you use sexism as an across-the-board shield for any legitimate question, you only hurt women. And that’s just another splash of reality.

You only hurt women? Awww, I am touched! Maureen was looking for my welfare all along and silly me I thought any bloody woman who can conceivably compete with her for a shrinking pool of available men is to be stomped in the ground with all available means….But I digress

I decided to make a whole entry on this last lunacy because she also gives us a gift from the memory hole:

It seems like a long time since Vice President Dan Quayle denounced Murphy Brown for having a baby out of wedlock, bemoaning a “poverty of values.”

Thanks for this Maureen! Seems to me, Sarah is in the mold of Murphy Brown now, and you are the new Quayle – not her as the meme went. Thanks for highlighting it!

Voters dragged to vote Obama

I just found this study on media bias in this campaign – from October 2007

here’s the graph on the tone of the stories:

Some findings:

  • Overall, Democrats also have received more positive coverage than Republicans (35% of stories vs. 26%), while Republicans received more negative coverage than Democrats (35% vs. 26%). For both parties, a plurality of stories, 39%, were neutral or balanced.
  • Most of that difference in tone, however, can be attributed to the friendly coverage of Obama (47% positive) and the critical coverage of McCain (just 12% positive.) When those two candidates are removed from the field, the tone of coverage for the two parties is virtually identical.

some numbers

Obama: 47% positive, 16% negative.
Clinton: 27% positive, 38% negative.
McCain: 12% positive, 48% negative
Giuliani: 28% positive, 37% negative

Net numbers

Obama +31
Giuliani -9
Clinton -11
McCain -36

And how did that affect the race?

The findings about who got the most favorable coverage and the focus on horse race in many ways reinforce each other. Obama, the first candidate of color to be a major White House contender, performed better in polling and fundraising than expected in these early months. McCain, in contrast, was a former presumed front runner who fared far worse in the polls and in fundraising than anticipated.

It seems to me in retrospect, some unseen hands are  pushing Obama on us by hook or by crook.

The bright side – in spite of this, more voters voted for Hillary (not that it mattered to DNC) and McCain got the nomination anyway.

Can we count on a voter rebellion in November?


CNN worries

Will her gender sway women to Palin?

After a healthy dose of “Nah”s from B0bots, we get some mention:

That’s not to say all Clinton supporters would be adverse to a McCain-Palin ticket. A group called PUMA, which stands for “Party Unity My A**”, were Clinton supporters — both women and men –who are threatening to vote McCain.

The McCain camp has been aggressively courting those disaffected with Obama, especially after he announced Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate

But it is still unclear as to how many will go the way of the PUMA. Read more on the PUMA


That was actually in the article. Then more self soothing stuff – including Ferarro’s loss, but her wise words are also quoted:

“I believe that people will look back and assess how Hillary was treated by the media during the campaign primaries. And it remains to be seen whether or not the ugly head of sexism — in the media — will raise its head again,” said Ferraro

One other  patronizing article

Overzealous Clinton fan base could use rationality, focus

starts like this:

One of history’s most monumental elections could be torn to shreds by a pack of pumas.

What follows is almost irrelevant – but at least she gives us this much

The Clintonites are angry for various reasons; but the one that makes most sense is the accusation that she beat Barack Obama in the popular vote in the primary election, even though the winner is determined by the number of delegate votes.

Such as the Michigan farce and delegates with bruises on their arms on the floor of the convention? Right.

I won’t even go to the part where she presumes to tell us how to protest. Maybe just for fun – we’re no longer old:

Leave it to the disgruntled 12-year-olds sitting on the Internet in their pajamas to change the face of the election.

I suppose respect is out of the question from this bunch…

I’ll go back to the first sentence:

One of history’s most monumental elections could be torn to shreds by a pack of pumas.

Not Your Sweetie

September 2008