No, this isn’t about Hillary Clinton.

June 10th, 2008 11:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

On that point, I think Howard Dean and I can agree. My anger at the Democratic Party has little to do with Hillary Clinton (or Barack Obama, for that matter).

Rather, it’s about the misogyny directed at her – and, by extension, all women – from supposedly liberal, progressive and Democratic corners. It’s about the failure of Democrats – laypeople, pundits and politicos alike – to call out and denounce that shit instead of ignoring it at best.

So, fuck that. This is about me – and my place in this country, and in the party. Not just me, either, but all of us vagina-Americans, who had to suffer through the unchecked misogyny of the primaries. All of us shrill, bitchy, she-deviled, ugly, fat, cackling, uppity, emotional, hysterical, castrating Nurse Ratcheds. If that’s what you think of us, then why the fuck should we continue to support you?

Yeah, I know, I know. John McCain. Aboogaboogabooga. That’s a scary monster, right there. Which is probably why I’ll vote for Obama in November. But support your misogynist, opportunistic asses along the way? Fuck that noise.

Seriously, people, this isn’t a hard concept to grasp. If the Democratic Party wants the support of women (and other marginalized groups), then they’d better start acting as though they give a damn. That means treating us like real people with real human rights – not some inconvenient special interest group that must be placated every now and again.

Until then, please to stop sending me these hollow calls for unity? My lady bits can’t take much more prodding and provocation.

Offensive email after the jump; bolded emphasis is mine, underlined emphasis is Mr. Quinn’s.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Adam Quinn, Democracy for America –
Date: Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM
Subject: Host a Unity Action Event

Kelly –

Last week, Jim Dean asked DFA members to sign the Unity Pledge and the response has been tremendous. Now is the time to take the next step. We all know how important this election is and the tough work we need to do to make sure that we elect a Democratic president and progressives up and down the ballot in November.

On June 21, we’re turning words into action with a nationwide series of events.

Unity Action Day is the first part of an aggressive outreach plan. We’ll send postcards to local Democrats to encourage them to get involved in the presidential race and local campaigns. We’ll get ready for the upcoming campaign season by recruiting new volunteers and re-uniting with old friends. And the best part is we’ll have fun doing it.

Can you help make change happen by hosting a Unity Action Event?

You only need to get a few people together to make an event like this a huge success. Whether you hold your event at a local campaign or candidate office, your living room, or at a local pizza joint, we’ll help make planning your event easy. We’ll supply the postcards, the names of local Democratic voters, and some suggested talking points.

You just need to host the event and invite your friends.

Click Here to sign-up and host a Unity Action Event on Saturday, June 21.

“With your help we can move America forward into a new era of progressive leadership. 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. With your help we can bring the Democratic Party together for a unified victory in November.” – Jim Dean

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.


Adam Quinn, Field Director
Democracy for America

P.S. I want to pass on a story Governor Dean told recently recounting a conversation he had with Al Gore after John Kerry beat him for the nomination. I hope it puts our efforts into context for this historic election year:

“I was very very angry at my party for some of the things that had been done. What do I owe the Democratic Party? Why should I be a Democrat after what the party did to me?”

(Gore responded) “Howard, you know, this is not about you. It’s about your country.”

“Nobody could have said that to me except for Al Gore. This is not about Barack Obama. This is not about Hillary Clinton. This is about our country. This is about restoring America to its greatness”

“We need to come together.”

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