'90's Misogyny Rehashed
by BigBoyBlue, Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 06:26:40 AM EDT
Obama has chosen to adopt and nurture the love child of the Rovian right-wing machine: Hillary Clinton as polarizing uber-bitch.
The most disturbing part of Obama's willingness to embrace this crown jewel of the Rovian media machine, is his seeming indifference to the misogynistic roots of these stereotypical characterizations.
Substantively, it is impossible to disentangle the right-wing's demonization of Clinton from the gender bias of those demonizations.
Are we then to conclude that Obama concurs with the right's characterization of strong, smart, independent women as polarizing? Or, is he just willing to play this card because it might serve him well in becoming President.
It is the height of hypocrisy for Obama to bemoan the horrors of reliving the the battles of the '90s while it is Obama himself who is beating that tired drum.
Further, where is the outrage for these comments in the progressive blogsphere?.
Throughout the campaign, the progressive blogsphere has criticized Clinton for her use of what they feel are "right-winged frames" with regards to the war on terror, diplomacy, etc. With Obama himself adopting perhaps THE definitive "right-winged frame", his comments will be a real test of integrity for the overwhelmingly male progressive blogsphere.
For now, they seem to be eerily silent.