Monday Reads: The Republican Arsenal of Ad hominem Attacks and LiesPosted: January 7, 2019 Filed under: morning reads | Tags: attacks on Democratic Women Congress members, Women in Power 49 Comments
Good Morning Sky Dancers!
Happy Carnival Season!
Yesterday was 12th night and the city was hopping with all the usual activities welcoming the start of the season. Usually, this is my favorite time in New Orleans because we’re post Sugar Bowl and pre Amateur Mardi Gras Tourists. We’ll see if Air BnB continues to wreck our neighborhood revelry this year. It would be such a relief to be able to have a street full of real neighbors again. They’ve overtaken just about every thing these days and staying out of the Quarter brings no relief anywhere.
Today is a good day to dance and yell “impeach the motherfucker” to distress all the Republicans around you. The right wing media is going crazy over weird things this week and it’s mostly just stuff done by women in power that they don’t even blink about when men do it. I had to laugh at Lady Lindsey who was on the tube yesterday complaining that the Democratic party had been over taken by by the “radical left”.
Graham insisted that an agreement on a spending bill to get the government up and running again was nearly impossible, but Brennan reminded him of the thousands of federal workers who are either furloughed or punching the clock without pay.
“With that in mind, with them in mind, why can’t you reopen the government while you argue about the things you just laid out?” she wondered.
Graham argued it couldn’t yet be done.
“Why would you negotiate with somebody who calls you a racist if you want a wall?” he shot back. “Who gives you a dollar for a wall when the Democratic Party supported 25 billion dollars in the past? We’re not going to negotiate with people who see the world this way.”
Let’s just say the wall’s a waste of time and money. We’ve already got walls where they supposedly work. Let’s talk about all those Canadians that overstay VISAS and why is it always about the brown people? That’s hardly a radical leftist position to point out that no one talks about a wall along the Canadian border. Why is it always to block brown people? And we have no crisis of undocumented immigrants …
All the Republican Party is about these days is attacking every one that’s not them.
Meanwhile, the attack continues on Elizabeth Warren and yes, it’s about “likability” today. Here we go again and this is from a woman via the Daily Beast.
I’m a conservative, so I don’t really worry about whether I’ve offended liberal feminists. I don’t have a problem saying that Warren is unlikeable. She seems preachy and angry to me. Actually, she’s a combination of some of the horrible math teachers I endured in middle school, and a friend’s overly emotional mom.
This might sound pretty specific, but we’ve all met people like Warren. She’s an archetype of a genre that I’m pretty sure would turn off a lot of voters. What is more, she increasingly looks like a phony—a problem she is reinforcing by trying to copy Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Instagram game.
This is not an indictment of powerful women, but of Elizabeth Warren. I’m a fan of Nikki Haley. And though I’m no more ideologically simpatico to Nancy Pelosi, Krysten Sinema, or AOC than I am to Warren, the aforementioned progressive women seem kind of charming to me.
Yes, even Pelosi. First, above all else, you have to respect her. Second, let’s be honest, she’s stylish and glamorous—and who doesn’t like that? Pelosi serves up a pretty effective one-two punch of commanding respect and then charming you after she gets what she wants. Warren, by my estimation, fails to deliver on either front.
To be fair, it may be that this adjective (likeable) is applied more to women than it is to men. But everyone experiences some type of unfair bias on a daily basis. Each of us is constantly judged by the immediate impressions of others. They decide if they like us or trust us based not our résumés, but rather on some amalgam of information based on looks and perception.
Male candidates are judged by likeability, too. We may call it “charisma,” or talk about it in terms of which guy we’d rather have a beer with. But it’s the same thing. When two men are running against each other for office, is it fair that the taller candidate almost always wins, or that a full head of hair may be worth a point (or two)? When we attribute leadership qualities to politicians, who knows what arbitrary factors influence us?
Well, it’s Mean Girls again. Oh, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez danced at University and because she didn’t grow up in the Bronx she’s a poseur and you can find the links to that on your own. I don’t want any of those readers over here. Women’s behavior is still under scrutiny and Trump can marry a porn star, drag her into the White House to “be best” and act like and sound like a dog, but hey, Cortez dances, and Rashida drops the F bomb and suddenly decorum is the topic du jour.
Oh, and don’t say mean things about Julian Assange either. When did men become such wusses? When women decided to fight them on their own battlegrounds?
The 5,000-word email included 140 statements that WikiLeaks said were false and defamatory, such as the assertion that Assange had ever been an “agent or officer of any intelligence service”.
WikiLeaks also said it was false and defamatory to suggest that Assange, 47, had ever been employed by the Russian government or that he is, or has ever been, close to the Russian state, the Kremlin or Putin.
Other items listed as false and defamatory included more personal claims including that Assange bleaches his hair, that he is a hacker, that he has ever neglected an animal or that he has poor personal hygiene.
Meanwhile, the women we have in power are getting things done. From the LA TImes: ” Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes as CBS News president, becoming first woman to lead division”.
Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News President David Rhodes in March, becoming the first woman to lead the storied division in the network’s history.
Zirinsky had been a leading candidate to become the executive producer of the network’s newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” replacing the program’s ousted leader, Jeff Fager.
But CBS Corp. acting Chief Executive Joseph Ianniello wanted to put Zirinsky in a larger role as Rhodes, who has been president of CBS News since 2011, is nearing the end of his contract and indicated he was ready to make an exit. He had been brought in by former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was recently stripped of his $120-million severance over allegations of sexual misconduct after a four-month investigation.
“ ‘60 Minutes’ is the No. 1 news program and will continue to be that,” Ianniello said in an interview. “Susan can add more value creatively on some of our other broadcasts and have an impact that’s much greater on the entire organization.”
Speaker Pelosi continues to talk on the problems we have with the Trump Regime. From CBS News: “Nancy Pelosi: “We have a problem” if Trump doesn’t care about governance”.
Nancy Pelosi capped her unlikely comeback this past week surrounded by children. The California Democrat was elected, once again, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and become the most powerful woman in American history.
“That’s funny, isn’t it?” she laughed. “Sadly, I was hoping that we would have an American woman president just two years ago.”
“Well, that didn’t happen,” said “Sunday Morning” anchor Jane Pauley. “But Speaker Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American history, and the most powerful woman in American politics. But you can’t make the government open?”
“Well, the Speaker has awesome power. But if the President of the United States is against governance and doesn’t care whether people’s needs are met or that public employees are paid or that we can have a legitimate discussion, then we have a problem, and we have to take it to the American people,” she replied.
Speaker Pelosi ushered in a new era of divided government in the midst of a government shutdown – 800,000 federal government employees furloughed or working without pay, national parks and museums closed.
President Donald Trump is demanding $5.6 billion to fulfill his campaign promise of a wall along the Mexico border. Pelosi has vowed to block any funding to build it. A tense standoff between the president and Democrats at the White House Friday lasted two hours.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer reported the president said “he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years” – a promise Mr. Trump confirmed at a press briefing later that day.
Pauley asked Pelosi, “Was that bluster? Hyperbole?”
“Well, I hope so,” Pelosi replied. “But the fact is, he has said it again and again.”
“Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?”
“Well, let me first say that our purpose in the meeting at the White House was to open up government,” said Pelosi. “The impression you get from the president [is] that he would like to not only close government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress so the only voice that mattered was his own.”
Justice Ginsberg will miss opening arguments but will be following them at home since she is still recovering from her Cancer Surgery.
So, the struggle continues. The attacks have been varied and consistent. From the attacks on new Congresswomen being called out for taking their oaths on the Quran to calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Sacagawea’. Republican men have gone on the attack. It likely will continue as the old white boys club learns to deal with diverse women as peers.
Freshman Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), who this week became one of the first two Native American women sworn into Congress, said it was “offensive and hurtful” for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Sacagawea.”
Haaland slammed Gaetz for making the comparison to Sacagawea, the Lemhi Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition.
“Sacagawea made great sacrifices that changed American history,” Haaland said. “When anyone speaks her name, it should be with great respect.”
Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe in New Mexico, called Gaetz’s comments “offensive and hurtful.”
“I invite him to meet [with] me so I can share how such comments are a continuing assault on indigenous people,” she added.
It’s an ongong battle to keep every one in their place. Kamala Harris is ready for the fight and may be the next woman to directly challenge Trump. From the Guardian “Will it be a black woman who turfs Trump out of the White House?” and the keyboard of Richard Wolffe.
Outside Trump’s wall of delusion and distractions, a host of strong women candidates is poised to join Warren. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have often found themselves entirely misjudged by the men around them. Gillibrand was considered vulnerable in her first Senate election in 2010, but she trounced all comers in all of her contests. Klobuchar proved more than a match for the clumsy bullying of supreme court nominee – now Justice – Brett Kavanaugh last year.
But one likely candidate particularly intrigues. Kamala Harris embodies the driving force pushing Democrats to record turnouts in non-presidential contests over the last two years: women of colour. The California senator has served just two years in Congress – like the last freshman senator to win the Democratic nomination, in 2008. But unlike Barack Obama, Harris has a very significant record of public service in her pre-Senate career, serving as her state’s attorney general for six years and as San Francisco’s district attorney for seven years.
While all the Democratic candidates can appeal beyond their own demographics, personal perspectives can and do influence political character. There’s no mystery about why Trump performs so well with older white men. And there should be no surprise that Harris – the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants – has already won the overwhelming support and respect of influential women of colour who will help shape the Democratic primaries.
Harris, like the other candidates of colour, will face the same questions Obama did in 2008 about appealing to the white working-class voters across the rust-belt states that Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Trump. However, working-class challenges are most acutely experienced by minorities, and each of the former industrial states that tipped the 2016 election – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin – have diverse electorates that shifted decisively against Trump last year.
The test for Harris, and all the other Democrats, is whether she can effectively demonstrate that she is listening and responding to those voters in order to overcome the culture wars that Trump will happily wage. Obama succeeded in 2008 by showing he was the adult in the middle of a financial crisis. He succeeded again in 2012, by showing Mitt Romney was out of touch with economic reality. If anything, Trump fills both boxes even more snugly than his predecessors.
I’m heartened to see so much fight against all the bullying. It’s nice to know there’s a critical mass that can push back within the beltway these days. It’s nice to see that the some of our grand old institutions are looking more like “We the People”.
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?
Clemency! Thank the deities! She shouldn’t have been given any sentence — she should have been rewarded for ridding the world of this rapist scum.
That is great news! I hope she finds the support she needs to go forward from here.
They really think we are stupid. They only like Warren when she is being Not-Clinton. They only Like Ocasio-Cortez when she is being Not-Warren, and they only liked Clinton when she was being Not-Obama.
Conservatives favorite Democrat is whomever they think they can use to rat-fuck us out of supporting whomever they fear most.
Weakened-at-Bernie’s? Remember that? Likable Schmikable! Nobody cares if you are an asshole. They only care about how you can be used. The only person that I can think of demonized more than Pelosi is Hillary, and Nancy is all sweetness and smiles. She is effective and charming according to the article redeeenced above and that hasn’t stopped them from portraying her as if she were a goddamned demon succubus from hell. Who she actually is is irrelevant.
I say all that to say this, it does not matter what you are or what you do, they will still attack you with lies and smears.
To quote Sargeant Waters in A Soldiers Story, “They Still Hate You!”
Obama with his proclivity to give away the store as an opening gambit in negotiation was still a radical socialist to hear the right tell it.
Bill and Hillary with their third way triangulation were divisive and controversial.
A liberal will only ever be fairly assessed by the right if they think it will damage another liberal who is a bigger threat.
Your momma told this back in grade school, “don’t worry about the stupid things that stupid people say about you.”
We did not know it at the time but most of these InCel MAGAts peaked in middle school.
I’m always reminded of Beavis and Butthead when the do this.
“They still hate you.” This.
Knock before you enter and keep it moving…
I remember this restroom issue coming up back in arguments about the ERA. Hey, pearl-clutchers, what kind of restroom do you use on an airplane?
One thing gets lost when women are told not to be pearl-clutchers. Besides a few fundies, I suspect there are near-zero women freaked out about female-presenting transwomen.
The problem arises when self-declaration as a woman is enough to be labelled trans, and predatory men use that to harass or even attack women in vulnerable situations.
Then it’s up to women (again) to mindread who is “ok” and who is dangerous.
And this is not some imaginary situation. Just one e.g. from a few months ago.
And, also, too, the bathroom in your house is not available to strangers. The toilets in aircraft are separate cubicles. That is not the same.
Women’s safety from predatory men is not some minor point to be ignored the minute it’s inconvenient.
Excellent points; thank you. I thought about the single restroom v communal restroom fact after I posted and then let the “terf” stigma get in the way.
And I do know that research so far indicates that men who are surgically altered to trans women continue, in general, to have the same higher level of aggressive behavior as men in general do, compared to women.
One thing that a lot of us (that includes me until I recently found out different) aren’t aware of enough is that many transwomen are not surgically altered. They usually take hormone therapy, but the bigger the “cool” factor gets, the more do not even do that. It’s getting to the point that it’s about the nail polish and eyeliner. I kid you not.
So they’re exploring their sexuality, which is fine.
The part that’s not fine is ignoring the way predatory men can use the loophole created this way to endanger women, and the way it puts the burden on women to guess which is which.
You’re also absolutely right about the “terf” pile-ons. That used to put me in two minds about it too, until I realized, “Wait! What? They’re telling women to put up, no matter the cost to them, and shut up. Where have I seen that movie before?” At which point a lot of my sympathy drained away!
“the nail polish and eyeliner” which of course do not make someone a woman. There’s nothing inherently female about nail polish and eyeliner — it’s merely the current culture which considers them so, and plenty of women do not wear cosmetics. fashions as women-only.
“many transwomen are not surgically altered” I knew many delayed “bottom surgery” but did not know that many never have it. I also don’t think that surgically altered body parts can pass for the real thing. For example, the nerves destroyed during mastectomy do not regrow into “reconstructed” breasts. (There are a few very rare cases but the re-enervation is partial and much diminished.)
OMG! If he tries to declare a national emergency, Democrats in the House had better be ready to fight back. It will certainly be challenged in court.
Primetime? Whatever happened to press conferences? STFU you blathering whiney traitor.
Broadcast for the whole world to see him throw a tantrum.
January 7 at 1:59 PM https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/01/07/trump-says-he-will-deliver-prime-time-address-tuesday-to-discuss-the-government-shutdown-and-border-funding-dispute/?utm_term=.4b648178e71b
He’s calling it a humanitarian crisis?? WTF??? Yeah – and guess what, he’s responsible. He’s responsible for babies dying in cages. I just cannot……..
I refuse to watch – I’ll hear about it from someone else hopefully without having to listen to his butt-hole mouth.
He’s the one creating the humanitarian crisis. Any other wet dream of crisis down there is simply in his head.
I need a new word for the revulsion and disgust I’m overwhelmed by every time that Orange Dogpile does something. It’s always so hideously awful it’s in a class by itself.
I think they should let him go ahead – hopefully he’ll interrupt something everybody wants to see and in his present state he’s just as likely to go into meltdown on national teevee as anything else. Let him make a fool of himself, and I hope his teeth pop out while he’s at it.
The surprise is that he’s surprised at this.
So the conservative woman writer in the Daily Beast thinks Pelosi is “likable” because she’s “stylish and glamorous”? Helluva way to pick your politicians — never mind intelligence, ability, expertise, compassion, legal understanding. Pick ’em for their clothes.
Right – it’s just a celebrity contest for far too many people in this country, and conservatives seem to be particularly vulnerable. Seriously policy cred is too boring for them and for much of our national press it seems. Forget the more qualified candidate – they aren’t as fun as this old, ignorant, racist imbecile.
What on earth is the silence all about, one would think Hillary died, the only thing we hear about her is in past, negative terms. Her brains did not fall out of her left ear, she is still supporting women’s causes and is a viable force given the opportunity.
If Pelosi were running for president, I’m sure the writer would suddenly find her “unlikable.”
It’s not really important, but AOC’s dancing video actually took place when she was a student at Boston University. If you watch it, you’ll see that she’s wearing a BU logo on her clothing.
oops … didn’t see it or notice that …
They’re talking about this on Rachel …
…controlling internet traffic, seizing bank accounts, deploying troops in the US.
With any halfway normal politician, even somebody as ewwww as Lindsay Graham, you’d know they were constrained by some sense of limits and shame.
With this waste of space? 100% bully. The only thing that worries him is going far enough to cause a big enough backlash to get him.
So he probably wouldn’t touch bank accounts or the internet. But military on the streets? He’d loooooooove that.
This is so good:
Spot on about Bernie from the Barre Montpelier Times Argus via TPM.
P.S. Talk about unlikable. And the old goat is 77 years old – I’m sorry but running for POTUS at that age is nothing but unbridled egotism.
They cover his “apology” to women who “felt” like they weren’t treated properly and so sorry he was too busy to notice.
That “felt” qualifier shows he doesn’t think the problem was sexual harassment but rather the problem was their feelings about the harassment.
Vinay Menan is bang on! Again!!
I love it! The “Coulter Corollary” 😆
He’s relying on their sense of decency to achieve his goals
“But you can’t make the government open?”
Don’t journalists take civics classes?
Apparently, it is one of those classes in high school and college where paying attention and learning something is optional. I am always surprised at how many people don’t understand how the Federal government and State governments actually work.