Is This What We've Been Reduced To?
by alegre, Sat May 10, 2008 at 06:16:27 PM EDT
Hey gang, didja hear? A Congressman just compared a sitting US Senator - one of his colleagues - to some stalking psycho in Fatal Attraction. I've seen some pretty horrid behavior in this campaign, but I draw the line when some loser of a Congressman - in his blind effort to trash Hillary and kiss Barack Obama's @ss stoops to that level. Face it - there's little difference between what Cohen said and someone tossing racist epithets out there folks.
Are we going to hear any outrage from all Democrats over this? Will Pelosi, Dean, Reid, Ted Kennedy or Barack himself speak out against what this jerk said? Or are half of our party going to continue to remain silent while nobodies like this drop down in the mud and attack a good and decent Democrat in the name of supporting their guy? Dammit I want to know who's with me in saying ENOUGH!
It's one thing when some hack of a comedian or broadcaster says stuff like this - but a US Congressman should know better dammit. Face it guys - Cohen does know better and that makes this all the more offensive because he said it anyway.
Jake Tapper posted something on this earlier today...
This week, Obama-backing Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said on local television, when asked about Sen. Clinton, that "Glenn Close should have just stayed in the tub."
All were referring to Close playing the insane, deluded Alex Forrest -- the wronged "other woman" who refuses to accept her fate and just go away, and becomes suicidal and homicidal. (And also rabbit-cidal.)
No matter how you slice it, Alex Forrest was the movie's villain, like Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. I'd posit at the very least that it's not keeping with Obama's lofty campaign rhetoric to compare Clinton's tenacity to psychosis. And it will indubitably further alienate women voters whom Obama needs to bring to his side once the Democratic race concludes.
Happy freakin' Mother's Day folks.
I don't think Tapper, or anyone in the MSM or press understands what a backlash these kind of comments will unleash on the political scene. The double standards, the sexism, the lies and misrepresentations that have been spread about Hillary and her family have gone on for too long. The personal attacks that have come from Obama's camp and even from the candidate himself in this race... all of it adds up and this is the straw that's going to break this camel's back unless our party leaders speak out against this garbage. Unless the candidate himself - once and for all says this garbage will NOT be tolerated within his ranks.
Cohen calls himself a Democrat and yet he uses this misogynistic hate-speech against a fellow Democrat and a sitting Senator? I'm sorry but this is NOT the same party I've been a member of for the past 35 years.
Seriously - is this what we've been reduced to? Are my fellow Democrats going to remain silent - laugh it off as someone uses this kind of hate speech against another Democrat?
Think back to last fall, when Billy Shaheen mapped out what the rethugs would use in their race against Obama if he ends up being our nominee. People were outraged that he mentioned Obama's admitted drug use etc., and Hillary not only told this volunteer statewide coordinator that his support was no longer welcome, but she personally apologized to Obama.
Will Obama denounce this asshole and tell him his support is no longer welcome?
And don't you dare come at me with accusations of faux outrage boys because this woman - this working mother of a little girl is beyond pissed off over this. If someone talked about my daughter like this I'd take his head off. And if my son treated a woman like this he'd never hear the end of it. Has our political discourse dropped this far down into the gutter - to where a United States Congressman can get away with talking about a Senator like this?
If you thought I was mad about this shite before well you ain't seen NOTHING yet. I'm going to scream it from the rooftops until people understand that we won't ignore this hateful garbage any longer. We've tried to stay above it - we've tried to ignore it because it's not worthy of our outrage. But they'll continue with these sexist and demeaning attacks - thinking it's not offensive - until we speak out and stand up to the bully-boys out there.
And to those of you who call yourselves a Democrat (with a big D) don't you dare stand up and tell me I'm wrong to be pissed off over this. Don't you dare you tell me I'm wrong when I say this is no different than someone going on the local news and using the N word to describe a candidate for the presidency. I defy anyone to tell me if that'd happened - you wouldn't be calling for his head on a platter.
Dammit that'd be righteous anger and I'd be right there next to you in that call for justice!
I expect nothing less from you - my fellow Democrats - in the face of this latest load of crap.
Now before you boys get in my face for trying to draw attention to the non-stop sexism and hate-speech that's been directed at Hillary in this campaign, let me just head all that off by noting something that Big Tent Democrat said over at Talk Left this evening...
Nice. Sexism is the bigotry that has the imprimatur of respectability it seems.
By the way, for folks and bloggers who are getting tired of my harping on the rampant sexism directed at Hillary Clinton, I say this, when it stops, then I will stop.
I can't applaud that last line enough gang...
When it stops, then I will stop
Meanwhile - if you're as pissed off over this shite as I am, then let Cohen know what you think of his comment.
Send him a note here. or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apparently, Cohen's issued a generic CYA apology for his comments about Hillary. Now whether he's bothered to apologize to her for his horrid behavior is still an open question.
He made the comment and apologized but the hate-speech is still out there. And he gets to go along as if it never happened.
I'm sorry guys but I'm still not satisfied. He got caught out making an incredibly sexist remark - one that I'm sure Hillary can handle. Hell she's taken worse hits and attacks than this in her life - this probably seemeed little more than some gnat buzzing around her ear.
I think Cohon has missed the bigger picture here guys. His remark wasn't only offensive to the candidate he attacked. His remark was an attack on every woman. Cohen claims his comment didn't reflect the sentiments of the Obama campaign, and yet time and time again we see his supporters making sexist attacks against her. It's time he put his foot down and made it clear that this shit won't be tolerated within his ranks. Period.
Issue a press statement. Hold a presser. Hell, maybe he could make a short speech to clear this up once and for all.