I personally believe that the women that are threatening to vote for McCain if they can't get Clinton as their nominee either need to wake up and realize that Voting for McCain completely trashes any *I'm For Women* argument they might have OR they really trend towards being Republicans and not Democrats. I've said before that I can understand being disgruntled about not getting your candidate.. but voting for a man who is NOT Women's Friend? Please. It's like there's a Rush Limbaugh effect behind this or something. Maybe like some kind of astro-turf group that seeks to get votes for McCain by pretending to be unhappy Clinton supporters.
Here’s the thing: There is plenty of sexism—more than enough, thank you very much—in this country. Which is why it’s so sad to see Hillary’s supporters (and lately even her female detractors, and way too many column inches) elevate her to some kind of goddess warrior, symbolizing the decades-long fight for gender equality, absorbing the entirety of history’s catcall in one massive blow, and then standing tall again because that’s what women do. Powerful stuff, except that she’s a lying, race-baiting insult to our collective intelligence. Powerful, if she and her husband hadn’t sold out poor people in the ’90s or if she had stood tall like a woman against the war in Iraq or if she wasn’t right now trying to change the rules of the game and stir up the worst kind of identity politics. Powerful, if her most fervent supporters weren’t threatening to vote for John McCain out of spite, Supreme Court justices be damned.
AND Ten Reasons Why Women Should Unite Behind Obama if he is the candidate. I mention ONLY the John McCain parts, go read the whole thing.
5. John McCain on the war: Sen. Obama's early judgment opposing the war in Iraq puts him in an excellent position to take on John McCain, who has not only supported the war from its onset but professed to having no problem should troops remain in Iraq for 100 years. Women can't afford a president who thinks "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" is a stance to brag about.
I don't get this anyway. Not that women have to be all peaceful, but McCain is a crazy warmongerer.
4. John McCain on the right to abortion: not only does he oppose it, he's pledged to fill any Supreme Court vacancies with justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
I thought women Democrats were supposed to allow people to make their own decisions about their body and not insist on seeing the gains of the women of Clinton's generation get rolled back.
3. John McCain on health care: McCain voted against reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program for five years. His health plan provides $2 billion in tax cuts to the top ten health insurance companies, while allowing those companies to exclude people with pre-existing conditions.
Why ARE women voting for HIllary? There's not much difference between Clinton and Obama's health plan but there is WORLDS of difference between Democrats and John McCain's plan. Don't the women who are threatening this CARE about health for themselves, their families and their children?
2. John McCain on valuing families: When Congress was considering the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993, McCain voted to suspend it unless the federal government certified that compliance wouldn't increase business expenses or gave employers financial assistance to cover any costs. He supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and campaigned for an Arizona constitutional amendment banning any legal recognition to gay couples.
So these women that would vote for McCain don't want to get time off if they are sick.
1. John McCain on fair pay: He opposes the Fair Pay Restoration Act on the grounds that it will create too many lawsuits (this is like opposing OSHA inspections on the grounds that too many violations will be found). He also opposed raising the minimum wage and safeguarding overtime rights.
So these women think that they should work the same jobs as men but get paid less???? Please. Please.
And did I mention John McCain?
Those of us who have been supporting Obama welcome the passionate, hard-working supporters of Sen. Clinton -- as we will support her should the campaign turn out differently than expected. Every woman angry at the way in which gender discrimination has robbed our pay, crimped our opportunities, devalued our work in the labor force and in the home, minimized our pain and trivialized the barriers we face, now has a great opportunity to determine the outcome of this election. We also have a great responsibility, to ourselves and the women who follow.
I am not one that supports Hillary Clinton but I am a feminist who believes that women ought to stand up for equal treatment in the workplace and Our Bodies/Ourselves style, ought to tell anyone that seeks to legislate how our body choices in life to bug off. And that's McCain. We are all united in this, and just because I don't want Clinton doesn't make our shared sisterhood because of being FEMALE any less important or critical.