In case you haven’t already heard, there was a provision in the pending stimulus plan that would expedite funding for family planning services. And because a large percentage of the population is too fucking arrogant to read, they are freaking the fuck out about it.
And because our president is not what a feminist looks like, he’s caving to mouth-breathing blowhards who are on the wrong side of pretty much every issue that faces the American people.
And because Nancy Pelosi is pretty much useless in her defense of a practical, inexpensive provision that – holy shit! – will provide a return on investment, the GOP was once again able to set the framing and turn a non-issue into a fucking controversy.
Not exactly the “change” we were promised, eh?
Women are screwed, the poor lose essential health care, the Republicans galvanize their nutcase base by removing contraception but will still run around playing the common ground card.
Could it maybe have been a better idea to flip this tired script and show some muscle right now?
Was it so irrational to hope, perchance to dream, that Obama would get out there and say…”wait a minute, I am not caving to this misrepresentation of the facts nor denying the needs of low-income people for adequate health care. Here are the facts and here’s where I stand?”
Oh, yeah….that only happens in the movies.
Low hanging fruit, motherfuckers. And because it bears repeating:
Listen up, pundits, party, and bullying bloggers: It is not women’s job to “come home” to the party. It is the party’s job to make us fucking feel welcome in our own “home.” It is Obama’s job to earn our votes. Taking us for granted is shitty, and threatening us with the loss of our bodily autonomy is about a zillion times shittier. STOP IT. You are not helping. You are driving voters away.
And you are seriously pissing off even those of us voters you can count on this year. I’m not ready to abstain just yet, but give me another couple decades of this bullshit — of being told you won’t bother to work for my vote, of being told it will be my own fault if Roe v. Wade is overturned, of being told that my concerns about sexism thriving in the party are overblown — and I might just say hey, you know what? I’ve spent my entire adult life voting for Democrats, and they’ve never shown one real whit of interest in me. They’ve done nothing but take me for granted, because to them, I’m low-hanging fruit, not someone whose concerns actually merit any expenditure of time, effort, or political capital. Well, hey, maybe they’ll miss me when I’m gone…
Not surprisingly, a whole lot of the women refusing to vote for Obama this year are a couple decades older than me. Do the math. You can only get away with treating a large chunk of your base as an afterthought for so long.
Way to piss all over your political capital, Democrats! I am so looking forward to this flaccidity for years to come!