You’ve got to be kidding me.

June 4th, 2008 11:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

Or, to paraphrase the ginormous comment thread over at Shakesville, :: RAGE! ::

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jim Dean, Democracy for America – info@democracyforamerica.com
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM
Subject: Coming together to win

Kelly –

I remember very well what it felt like when my brother Howard didn’t win the Democratic nomination in 2004. It hurt. I was angry. I found myself wondering how I could turn around and support a candidate who I had just spent over a year trying to defeat.

I can tell you, it wasn’t easy.

But as a community, we did it together. We reached out and inspired each other. We didn’t forget the past; we wore it as a badge of honor, and we never stopped working to take back America.

Last night, Barack Obama won the delegates necessary to become the Democratic Nominee. This historic victory is a testament to your hard work and dedication. We’re moving America forward into a new era of progressive leadership. And today, there are supporters of eight other Democratic presidential candidates who need our leadership to help them heal.

We must reach out. We must inspire and respect each other. We will bring the Democratic Party together for a unified victory in November.

Click here to sign the Unity Action Pledge with me. [ed: Will. Not. Link.]

The general election campaign starts today.

I challenge you to find 5 people, who supported a different candidate for the nomination, and bring them into our campaign.

John McCain does not represent the future of our country. He is business as usual in Washington DC. He is guided by special interests over the voters’ interests. He thinks diplomacy is a weakness and military might alone is a sound foreign policy. He stands against health care for all and he wants to continue George Bush’s economic policies.

John McCain will stay the course — the wrong course — in Iraq. That’s not change. That’s more of the same.

This election is bigger than one candidate or one campaign. There is too much at stake to fight against ourselves. Together, we’ll take our country back from failed leadership and insider politics.

Click here to sign the Unity Action Pledge.

Don’t wait another day to take action. We will win in November by working together now.

Thank you for everything you are doing to take our country back.

-Jim

Jim Dean
Chair
Democracy for America

Isn’t that special? Shorter Jim Dean: “We know you ladiez are pissy because your candidate didn’t win (or maybe you’re just all on the rag this week, who knows what wimmin are thinking, it’s not like God sticks instruction manuals in your vaginas!?!), but get in line, bitches!”

I half expect to see Jimmy boy trolling Melissa’s heartfelt – heartbreaking – post from yesterday:

I’m not sad because Obama’s the nominee.

I’m sad because there are women at this blog, in my personal life, across this nation, and—if my inbox is any indication—across the globe, women of all races and sexualities and socio-economic classes, many of whom weren’t even Hillary Clinton supporters, many of whom voted for Obama in the primary, who have watched with horror the seething hatred directed at Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman.

Look. I voted for Kucinch in the primary. Not because I thought he had a chance, mind you, but because I believe he’s the best candidate for the job. (A hippie vegan elf president – imagine that!) I had hoped to vote for Edwards in ’08, but that didn’t quite pan out either. Even though I declared, waaaay back in November of ’06, that I wouldn’t vote for Hillary, truth is I would have voted for her in ’08, and will probably vote for Obama now that he’s the nominee, simply because the possibility of a McCain presidency is so fucking scary. (Then again, if enough women turn towards a third party so as to not render my vote useless, maybe I’ll jump ship too. I’ve yet to vote Dem in a presidential election, ever.)

So, to use a phrase which I absolutely hate (but, in all my :: RAGE! ::, cannot conjure an appropriate substitute for), I didn’t have a dog in the fight last night. I was, and am, ambivalent. I waver between the two. Clinton is too conservative; Obama, too green. (“Green” as in inexperienced. As far as enviro issues go, the man’s not green enough. And not all that “progressive”, either.)

But the misogyny that’s marred this election season has been reprehensible. Vile. Ugly. Hurtful. Personal.

And in saying that, I’m not saying that there hasn’t been any racism. As a parallel to the Hillary Sexism Watch, we have the Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch (and, of course, the Obama’s a Big Girl Watch, which is misogynistic in its own right…that’s karma coming to bite you in the arses, fauxgressives!).

The difference is that the Democrats have been quick to call out the racism, whether it’s emanated from Clinton’s camp or not (and a good deal of it has, much to my disappointment). The misogyny, not so much. The fact that we’re even having a debate, at this late date, as to whether Clinton has been on the receiving end of misogyny at all speaks volumes.

Worse yet, much of the misogyny is coming directly from Democrats, liberals and so-called “progressives”. Not just douchebag bloggers and anonymous trolls, but politicians, too. And the party officials have largely remained silent.

So fuck you, Jim Dean. I’ll sign your “Unity Action Pledge” when the party starts showing some unity with women. You know, that silly little special interest block that only comprises half the goddamn human population? To start, why don’t y’all update your party platform so that it’s explicitly feminist in nature? (Hint: Use the Green Party’s 2004 platform as a guide.) And what about our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered brothers and sisters? Your 2004 platform takes the coward’s way out, leaving the issue of gay marriage to the states. What are you, fucking libertarians or something? Oh, but wait! As of 2008, the Libertarian Party supports federal recognition of gay marriage. Never. Fucking. Mind., then.

Until you and yours start showing women a modicum of respect, you can take your pledge of unity and shove it up your urethra.

Oh, and can I tell you how happy I am that Missouri has open primaries? I so quit you, Democratic party!

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