"Comedian" (I use the term loosely) Bill Mahr, in what one would assume was intended to be a comedic monologue, called Sarah Palin a very naughty name. Not only was the "joke" not funny, it was crass, juvenile and really showcased his latent misogyny beautifully. It is a small, petty man with a little, narrow, nearly neanderthalic mind who stoops to such depths. This is what you resort to, Mr, Mahr? Are you so apoplectic in your rage and revulsion of all things Palin that it leaves you with only curses in your vocabulary? Speaking as a mother, you need a time out and a big hug. And maybe a few years of intensive therapy.
NOW has finally, finally stepped up and called him out on his base misogyny. They also call him out for hiding behind 'compassionate' progressivism to shield them from criticism.
But NOW doesn't stop there. They then lambaste the right ("we are on to you right-wingers") for wasting their time calling out the incivility. Because they've been so quick to speak out for conservative women in the past, right? Their animus against all things conservative reverberates throughout the release, as did their comment yesterday in response to Fox News inquiries:
The National Organization for Women (NOW) refused to comment on Maher’s use of the derogatory term. A rep told FOXNews.com it is a “known fact” that NOW does not correspond with FOX News.
Wow, that's a bit...petty and cranky of them. Wouldn't want them to sully themselves dealing with Fox, now would we? For people who are all about talking with adversaries and messaging, they sure are clueless about getting their side of the story to the opposition (read:Fox) viewing audience.
Anyhoo. NOW communications director Lisa Bennet writes:
“Did you speak up once on behalf of a woman politician before you learned the name Sarah Palin? Did you work toward equality for women in any way prior to August 2008?” wrote Bennett. “It would be nice to think that you’ve suddenly discovered sexism and are interested in joining us in the struggle for full equality. But this really smacks of the worst kind of hypocrisy: Folks with no history of working on an issue trying to discredit those who have been working for decades on the issue. Ridiculous.”
Uh, Ms. Bennet, perhaps you've heard of a little thing called Women's Suffrage? Yeah, well, according to none other than Susan B. Anthony,
“I voted for the Republicans. They gave us the vote”
Not convinced? How about this:
Republicans led the fight for women’s voting rights — and the Democrats, as a party, opposed civil rights for women. All of the leading suffragists — including Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — were Republicans. In fact, Susan B. Anthony bragged, after leaving the voting booth, that she had voted for “the Republican ticket — straight.”Maybe it's time to set aside the rhetoric and lame, erroneous portrayal of eeevil republicans and brush up on your history, Ms. Bennet.
The suffragists included two African-American Republican women who were also co-founders of the NAACP: Ida Wells and Mary Terrell, great leaders of our party, both of them.