Oct 29 2008

Another Democrat Woman Bolts For McCain-Palin

Published by at 11:15 am under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions

Is the SS Obama starting to sink? Are independents and moderate left Democrats jumping ship? Who knows, but this is interesting:

Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional.”

I helped with his [Obama’s] announcement speech and others. I worked in the Senate when he was in D.C. One day after a hearing on Darfur, we were walking back to the office. I was still hobbling from a very bad ankle injury and in a very kind and gentle way he offered his arm when we approached the stairs. But later in debate preps and phone conversations and meetings, I realized that I had made a mistake. I didn’t belong. No matter how hard I tried, my heart wasn’t in it anymore.

The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was no outrage over “Bros before Hoes” or “Iron My Shirt.” Did Senator Clinton make mistakes? Of course. She’s human.

Here we are discussing Governor Palin’s clothes—oh wait, now we’re on to the make-up—not what either man is going to do to save our economy. This isn’t an accident. It is part of a manufactured narrative that she is stupid.

Governor Palin and I don’t agree on a lot of things, mostly social issues. But I have grown to appreciate the Governor. I was one of those initial skeptics and would laugh at the pictures. Not anymore. When someone takes on a corrupt political machine and a sitting governor, that is not done by someone with a low I.Q. or a moral core made of tissue paper. When someone fights her way to get scholarships and work her way through college even in a jagged line, that shows determination and humility you can’t learn from reading Reinhold Niebuhr. When a mother brings her son with special needs onto the national stage with love, honesty, and pride, that gives hope to families like mine as my older brother lives with a mental disability. 

I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that.

I think the Dems and Obama have a serious problem with women this year. Hopefully this is just the tip of a huge iceberg.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Another Democrat Woman Bolts For McCain-Palin”

  1. […] Another Democrat Woman Bolts For McCain-Palin Is the SS Obama starting to sink? Are independents and moderate left Democrats jumping ship? Who knows, but this is interesting: […]

  2. Toes192 says:

    Nice catch, Aj… I am putting this story on top at http://fuanglada.wordpress.com/ and suggest you link it all around the places you visit… Could be JoePlumber2…

  3. conman says:


    So let me get this straight. Last week Colin Powell, former Joint Chief of Staff under Bush I and former Secretary of State under Bush II, and Charles Fried, former Solicitor General under Reagan, both publically endorsed Obama and you didn’t think it was significant enough to even merit a comment. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27265369/. http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/10/24/reagan-appointee-and-recent-mccain-adviser-charles-fried-supports-obama.aspx

    This week, a no-name Democratic speech writer endorses McCain and you think it may be a sign of “independents and moderate left Democrats jumping ship.” Wow, it is quite stunning what straws you are willing to grasp to convince yourself and others that the GOP and McCain are not really plummeting in this election.

  4. bush_is_best says:

    Conman –

    You forgot former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee and Rita Hauser, member of President Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board , as well as the Republican Mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Leach says:

    “The case for inspiring, new political leadership and a social ethic has seldom been more self-evident.”

    Hauser says:

    “It is not traditional Republicanism to make war on everybody who disagrees with you.”

    etc. etc. etc.


    Want more?


    There seems to be quite a few.

  5. OBloodyhell says:

    > “It is not traditional Republicanism to make war on everybody who disagrees with you.”

    It is, however, modern Democratism, isn’t it?

    Just ask Joe and Sarah.

    But on the general thing, yah, this doesn’t signify much that I can see.

    But I am going to be smiling broadly on the 5th if AJ’s poll analyses prove correct, and I do have some independent corroborating evidence that he may be right. The grin will be just a little bit wider, if so, just as a result of your back-patting assuredness that it’s in the bag for the Big O. Well, it appears as though Matt may be on the case…