Category Archives: endorsement
I remember when Rolling Stone was the only nationally distributed magazine with the leftwing perspective. I actually read it for their political articles..I swear I did, when it was still put out in a newspaper format..ah..those were the days…
Jann Wenner, still the head cheese at RS, has written an article that endorses Obama.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone, it certainly doesn’t surprise me. But if you take the time to read his piece, Wenner parrots many of the same points of view that others do about Obama. Even the title: A New Hope, gives you an indication of whats inside the writeup. But, what I took from the article is not what Jann wrote about Obama..it was what he wrote about Hillary:
All this was made clearer by the contrast with Hillary Clinton, a capable and personable senator who has run the kind of campaign that reminds us of what makes us so discouraged about our politics. Her campaign certainly proved her experience didn’t count for much: She was a bad manager and a bad strategist who naturally and easily engaged in the politics of distraction, trivialization and personal attack. She never convinced us that her vote for the war in Iraq was anything other than a strategic political calculation that placed her presidential ambitions above the horrifying consequences of a war. Her calibrated course corrections over the past three years were painful. Like John Kerry — who also voted for the war while planning a presidential run — it helped cost her that goal.
He must be a romantic like moi. Because politics is a dirty game and Hillary can play it with the best of them..which might actually get her the nomination my dear reader. Doesn’t make it right..but it does make it possible.
Slams is a mild way to put it..they rip him a new one over his choice of Obama. Their press release starts out with this:
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, and the Family and Medical Leave 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.
Is this woman saying that Hillary should be supported regardless? As a woman and a feminist I take umbrage, no..I am highly pissed the hell off with this fuckwitted statement. Her brand of politics is what drives me insane. The rest of the ‘statement’ should raise the hackles of every progressive:
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.
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.
The National Chapter of NOW is backing Hillary as well.The well-known blog Feministing is also aghast at this press release as well as Feministe and CultureKitchen. I wonder how Marcia Pappas feels about Bill’s thinly veiled race-baiting of Obama or the outright lies about his record? Does she approve of that bullshit? I have not settled on a candidate since Kucinich dropped out but this kinda bs won’t help me make up my mind in favor of Hillary.
For me, being a woman and a feminist means thinking for myself. Pappas’ press release makes no sense and has set back feminism a few decades, in my humble female opinion. She does not speak for this feminist. If you live in NY state and you find this ‘press release’ disgusting you might want to contact the author and head of NOW in NY: For more information contact: Marcia Pappas, 518-452-3944 – 518-469-2661
Edit: Patrick Kennedy is also backing Obama as of today 😉
From an email I got this morning:
Barack Obama inspires me.
That’s why I’m about to take the stage with him here in Washington and endorse his campaign to become the next president of the United States.
It’s that simple. Through Barack, I believe we will move beyond the politics of fear and personal destruction and unite our country with the politics of common purpose.
All Democrats in this race have strong ideas to address the challenges before our country. But Barack is the candidate who can inspire Americans to act and bring us together to achieve those goals — an economy that works for everyone, health care for all, and at long last ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home.
I remember another leader who inspired the nation, especially our youth, to fulfill a promise of change. Those inspired young people marched, sat in at lunch counters, protested the war in Vietnam and served honorably in that war even when they opposed it.
That leader challenged them to ask what they could do for their country and, together, they changed the world.
So in the words of that leader, John Kennedy: “The world is changing. The old ways will not do… It is time for a new generation of leadership.”
I have found that next generation of American leadership in Barack Obama.
I respect the strength, the work and dedication of two other Democrats still in the race, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. They are my friends; they have been my colleagues in the Senate. Whoever is our nominee will have my enthusiastic support.
But I believe there is one candidate whose extraordinary gifts of leadership and character match the extraordinary demands of this moment in history.
Barack will be a president who refuses to be trapped in the patterns of the past. He sees the world clearly without being cynical. He fights for the causes he believes in — but refuses to demonize those who hold a different view. He’s tough-minded, but he also has an uncommon capacity to appeal to “the better angels of our nature.”
In Barack Obama, I see not just the audacity, but the possibility of hope for the America that is yet to be.
I love this country. I believe in the bright light of hope and possibility. I always have, even in the darkest hours. I know what America can achieve. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it — and with Barack Obama, we can do it again.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Disclosure: I am a member of Ted’s DemocraticMajority group, which is why I received the email this morning explaining his reasons for backing Obama.
Ironically, it was Ms. Morrison that dubbed Bill Clinton the “First Black President”:
In an October 1998 essay in The New Yorker, Morrison wrote: “Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black president. Blacker than any actual person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.“
Ms Morrison is a Nobel Prize winning author. I love my irony served up hot and fresh in the morning..don’t you? The NYT has a writeup about her letter to Obama here on their blog page.