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I've not been in much doubt about McCain's essential mysogyny - calling his wife disgusting names in public, jokes about rape, dumping his first wife when her looks were affected by an accident and picking up his [first] beauty queen as his second wife.  But this VP pick takes the cake - John McCain sees women as a collection of biological parts to be exploited in any way possible.  Any Hillary Clinton supporter who is swayed by the Palin pick as a reason to vote for McCain is as mysoginistic as he is, regardless of their gender.

We already knew that McCain is a troglodyte and an opportunist when it comes to women and their issues - his previous support for reproductive rights was quickly jettisoned when it got in the way of his political ambition. He seems to be able to suppress his fundamental contempt for women some of the time, but still it comes out on a personal level - disgusting "jokes", offering up his wife for a lewd "beauty" (read, "T&A") contest at Sturgis, etc.

But choosing a younger woman of no national experience, with questionable ethics, as his running mate demonstrates to me, once and for all, how bad McCain's judgment is, and how deeply runs his dislike of women who can think and talk for themselves.  McCain clearly cannot contemplate the notion of having a woman in the White House on close to an equal footing with him who could challenge him on official business.  I have no use for either Elizabeth Dole or Kay Baily Hutchinson, but at least they've been Republican women on the national stage for years - but McCain didn't pick them, he picked the former beauty queen, someone close enough to the kind of woman his wife is that he will be able to share a stage with her comfortably.  I don't know exactly what was wrong with more established Republican women - but I can guess that not only were they too old and not pretty enough for John, they were too likely to question his judgment at some point, a prospect he clearly couldn't handle.

The person who should be most deeply insulted by this, of course, is Hillary Clinton - what an enormous slap in the face from a Senate colleague she has known and worked with for years.  Clinton is of course qualified to actually be President, but McCain has suggested, by the implications of this pick, that her supporters had no interest in Clinton's mind or policies, only in her biology.  I do not know, in Sen. Clinton's shoes, how I could next encounter McCain without whupping him upside the head, as my grandmother used to say.

Any Clinton supporter who even thinks for a minute about voting for McCain because he's picked a "woman" for his running mate is not only insane, they're also just as much women-haters as he is.  

Oh, and Gov. Palin? Watch out for any more biker rallies John McCain might want to send you to during the campaign - he's desperate enough to enter you in a wet T-shirt contest without telling you first.

Originally posted to geordie on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM PDT.

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  •  It won't work, will it? Tips? (1+ / 0-)
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    chicago jeff

    I can't believe people will be this stupid, to fall for this ploy, but, then, George Bush got re-elected, so I suppose anything is possible.

    •  It can. (0+ / 0-)

      NOW, NARAL, Emily's list, etc. might run ads educating the public on McCain's disrespect toward women and maybe relating that to policy implications:

      McCain disrespects and dismisses YOU when his advisors say you're "whiners" who should just go to the ER for health care.  Etc.

      This can be a winning issue if we play it right.
      The key is to blame McCain, not Palin.
      To not disrespect the inexperienced woman Palin (see the danger?)
      To tie it to policy--how disrespect hurts women and people who care about women.

      Obama-Biden '08 -- One house, one spouse, one America!

      by chicago jeff on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 10:59:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Go after Palin by going after McCain's misogyny. (0+ / 0-)

    It diminishes McCain by highlighting his nastiness and his phoniness.

    And that diminishes Palin as a vp choice by making it look like he picked her to exploit rather than honor her.

    Obama-Biden '08 -- One house, one spouse, one America!

    by chicago jeff on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 10:52:30 AM PDT

  •  Let's hope he blows his temper at her in public (1+ / 0-)
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    chicago jeff

    Or makes a sexist remark.

  •  There is a picture of McShame and Palin (0+ / 0-)

    on HuffPo right now.  If he is not eyeing her butt, I don't know what one would call it.  Cindy better get him a leash with a choke collar.

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

    by oibme on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 11:05:39 AM PDT

  •  Maybe those other GOP women told McW "NO!"? {N/T} (0+ / 0-)

    "See you at the debates, bitches..." -- Paris Hilton

    by grndrush on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 11:05:41 AM PDT

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