If Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was part of Sarah Palin’s Tea Party pack she’d be getting invitations to “Fox News,” “Face the Nation,” and “This Week.” She’d be everywhere on cable. Why Democrats don’t have her out in force is a mystery. Maybe Chuck Schumer is jealous because he isn’t hot. Kidding. …sort of.
In fact, the Democratic reaction to all the women rising in the public eye on the Right has been… Silence. No show of progressive female power to counter their noise.
If you want to know the depth of the Democratic Party’s problem with women see Senate majority leader Reid’s sexist comment about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. From Politico:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse – referring to her as “the hottest member” as she sat just a few feet away, according to three sources.
The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red, according to the sources, and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.
“It was pretty shocking when he said it,” said one source familiar with the remark and the reaction.
It’s not shocking at all.
The larger take is that while the Hillary effect has swept in more female ambassadors to Washington since 2009, with Palin’s vice presidential nomination the first outcome of the Hillary effect, there is little to be seen of the prowess Clinton attained and the voters she excited 22 months into Barack Obama’s frat boy presidency.
It’s as if Democrats thought signing Lily Ledbetter was all that was needed to be done. Never mind you have to have a good job to have equal pay be relevant.
Women on the right have been helped immensely by Sarah Palin’s rising power (video).
I’ve asked this before, but where is the Left’s Sarah Palin? …and don’t use your bitchwit to say we don’t want one. As 2010 has proven, Yes We Do.
Sen. Reid’s aide Jim Manley could only trumpet “What can I say, she made The Hilll’s ‘Most Beautiful list.” Then, as if to offer it in an aside to Politico’s Maggie Haberman, he mentioned Gillibrand’s “skill and tenacity.”
Harry’s “hot” comment is indicative of a deep problem inside the Democratic Party elite that reared its head during the health care debate, when Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi and Barack Obama, wouldn’t fight for women’s rights, with the entire progressive caucus caving so that the Hyde Amendment could be sanctioned in law, not just as a budget item. Not even liberal women’s groups gave a damn.
This happened at the hand of the first female speaker of the House, with a Democratic president and a majority. Think about that for a minute.
In the 21st century, abortion rights opponents aren’t seen as dangerous to women’s freedoms anymore. Many younger women, as well as older women like Pelosi, consider abortion an issue whose time has come and gone, with medical science delivering ways around it, starting with pharmacology. That’s understandable in one respect, except a woman is not free if she doesn’t have control over her own body. A point of fact that is now considered quaint, even inside the Democratic Party.
Women still believe Democrats are the ones who most represent them, with Democratic women much more successful in Congress than Republican so far. If Dem females lose in 2010 we’ll all have to chalk it up to equality, because when you compete equally the same trends apply to you, too.
Meanwhile, in 2010 men are the angriest voter and more enthused to vote. Women are tuning out and dropping out, with many turning Independent. Democrats just aren’t doing it for them, at least according to my emails, FB emails, as well as other anecdotal reporting.
The Hillary effect has been wasted by Democrats, with women less engaged this election than I’ve seen in a very long time. Independent women see hope in Tea Party candidates like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, too, all part of the post-Hillary political era.
As for Pres. Obama, as leader of the Democratic Party he’s inept at speaking to women’s issues. He not only doesn’t feel our pain. He hasn’t a frickin’ clue.
Neither does Harry Reid.