A very angry Obama-fan reader sent me a transcript of Rush Limbaugh quoting something I said on Campbell Brown's CNN show last week. What a nice gesture, on both their parts! Rush has quoted me before, but I don't think I've ever been happier to have what I said reach a wider audience. Here's what he quoted:
Walsh: I think that Senator Hillary Clinton has faced much more overt sexism than Barack Obama has faced overt racism in this campaign. She was greeted with jeers, "iron my shirts," in New Hampshire. She's asked by debate moderators, "Why are you not likable?" Rush Limbaugh ran pictures of her looking old and said, you know, the country isn't ready to look at an old woman. And when you go back to that very seminal moment where a woman asked John McCain, "How do we beat the B-word?" and John McCain laughed, I mean, you cannot imagine that happening, "How do we beat Barack Obama and somebody using the N-word," and laughter. So, you know, a kind of genial sexism is so much more okay in our society than that kind of racism. It's just true.
Thanks, Rush! I really appreciate your getting that point of view out to more people. Sadly, you've got a bigger audience than I do at Salon, at least temporarily. But I'm thrilled to have that statement reach a wider audience. Because, yes, it's just true.
I actually picked the above and distributed the rest, so don't let me make it sound like, "I got stuck with Joan."
I'm an African-American lesbian. I agree with every word Joan's writing. Racism is alive and well and I don't pretend it's not. But our society has matured enough that people know they have to keep it in check, at least when we're not in the room. I'm not sure about that wording to be honest. Asian-Americans, Latinos, etc. are also discriminated against and the victims of racism. Equally true is that it can get pretty ugly for White people when they're not in the room. But in terms of the way everyone understands they're supposed to act when eyes are upon them, racism in every day life goes into stealth mode. There is no effort to hide sexism.
I mean, Bambi was calling women "sweetie" last week on the campaign trail. "Sweetie?" Does he think he's Goldie Hawn? That is so insulting but so is offering kisses for votes and, for the record, he did that too. Cause, you know the girls, they go all swoony. Not the lesbians of course but the LGBT community was one of the early tossed under the bus crowd for Bambi.
Joan's right because there is no fear of expressing sexism. You don't get called out on it the way you do when you express racism. Sexism can be -- and is -- flaunted in public.
I'm really concerned about the Democratic Party. Most days, I tell myself, "These Bambi groupies are 'independents,' the party itself hasn't changed." But it has this year. You hear so much sexism from the Bambi groupies. Just today, I read someone, a man, trying to act like he had no preference between the two candidates and saying he'd vote for whatever. Of course, he couldn't get to that point without repeating sexist crap from Keith Olberman to chuckle over. Sexism has really gone public.Here's Hillary's "HUBdate: Commander-in-Chief on Day One:"
Commander-in-Chief: Hillary hosts a town hall with senior retired military officers and Keystone State veterans in Aliquippa, PA.
Strong on Iraq: At yesterday’s Senate hearings with General David Petraeus and Ambassador David Crocker, Hillary said, "The administration and supporters of the administration’s policy often talk about the cost of leaving Iraq, yet ignore the greater costs of continuing the same failed policy." TIME's Jay Carney on Clinton: "In tone, demeanor and command of the facts, she was - I thought - very impressive." Watch here.
Hoosiers for Hillary: Yesterday, Hillary released her 'Blueprint for Indiana's Economic Future,' her plan to put the American Dream back within the reach of middle class Indianans. Volunteers at phone banks in six cities across the state spread the word. Read her plan.
Offices in Indiana: The campaign opened offices yesterday in Kokomo, Marion, and Lafayette bringing the total number to 21. Read more.
NCAskMe.com: Volunteers across the state today will gather to answer more than 6,000 questions that have been submitted since the launch of NCAskMe.com last Friday. Said one voter, "Hillary is not only prepared to listen; she is prepared to offer real solutions to the real problems experienced by real people." Read more.
Real Differences in Oregon: Hillary has supported the rights of local communities to locate liquefied natural gas facilities. Senator Obama supported the Bush-Cheney energy policy that removed that right. Read more.
On Tap: Tomorrow, Hillary delivers the keynote address at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Pittsburgh, PA.
Unifying Force?: "Senator Barack Obama has asked voters to see him as a unifying force…Unfortunately, Obama has failed in his first test to unify his own party. His campaign has failed to recognize the results of the Florida primary -- and Michigan -- for political gain…a decision that could disgruntle Democratic voters in Florida in November and years beyond." Read more.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Matt Mishler, Josh Randall, Robby Keller, Justiniano Rodrigues, Chuck Wiley, James Stepp, Rodney Watson, Michael Espinal, Matthew Lowell, Derek Hess, Diedra Cobb, Brad McCall, Justin Cliburn, Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Peter Brown, Bethany "Skylar" James, Zamesha Dominique, Chrisopther Scott Magaoay, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Clara Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Blake LeMoine, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Logan Laituri, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Wilfredo Torres, Michael Sudbury, Ghanim Khalil, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, at least fifty US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline [(877) 447-4487], Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).
As they spoke, firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to unleash his Mahdi Army militia against U.S. and Iraqi forces. Once again, it was Iran that stepped into the political vacuum and urged a halt to militia attacks into the heavily fortified Green Zone, where U.S. and Iraqi officials, including Petraeus and Crocker, have their offices.
The Iranian foreign ministry called for "restraint and prudence of various Iraqi groups," an implicit rebuke of Sadr, who is living and studying in Iran.