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sick and tired …

of hearing people talk about all these “angry white women” who are defecting to mccain. i’m not one to harp about “the media,” but the mass exodus of women from the democratic party to c-word-loving, women’s-rights-hating mccain is unlikely. and to keep talking about it is just insulting. from salon:

But in his excellent Sunday column, Frank Rich challenges the narrative, pointing out that Barack Obama actually has a huge lead among female voters. The whole column is worth a read, but here’s the clincher:

“The notion that all female Clinton supporters became ‘angry white women’ once their candidate lost — to the hysterical extreme where even lifelong Democrats would desert their own party en masse — is itself a sexist stereotype. That’s why some of the same talking heads and Republican operatives who gleefully insulted Mrs. Clinton are now peddling this fable on such flimsy anecdotal evidence.”

I’ve heard reports of Clinton followers who refuse to support Obama — and we will hear more from them, and about them, as the campaign wears on — but the vast majority of female Clinton supporters do. As Matthew Yglesias wrote over at the, “The idea that Democratic women would defect en masse to the GOP in a fit of pique is a preposterous notion that seems to be founded on the underlying assumption that women can’t respond to their political choices as rationally as men can.”

i might be pissed, but i’m not stupid.
now leave me alone.

3 Responses to “ sick and tired … ”

  1. sean dailey said:

    so say we all.

  2. Allen said:

    I’ve never understood the logic of Clinton’s supporters defecting to McCain’s camp. Had things gone a little differently, and had Clinton won the nomination, I would have said, ok, Clinton wasn’t my first choice, but she and Obama are on the same page policy-wise on many more issues than either of them is with McCain.

    Having said that, there is a vocal contingent of Clinton supporters who do plan to vote for McCain. Some as a protest vote, but others have pointed to McCain’s longer service in the Senate as a reason to vote for him. I guess experience should count for something, but that’s like saying Bush should be re-elected because he’s been in the White House longer.

    I guess if I were really that set against my party’s nominee (putting aside the fact that I’m actually a member of the Libertarian Party who values social freedom more than economic freedom and am therefore voting Democratic), I’d just stay home.

  3. alison said:

    maybe they’re vocal, but is that really representative? if it worked like that, ron paul would be running this country starting next year.

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