The Alabama Moderate

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The latest McCain/Palin hissy fit could hurt women.

Posted by ALmod on September 10, 2008

Well, the McCain/Palin campaign has now released a new attack add based on their lipstick “outrage.”

Now this just hit, so I expect Katie Couric will be saying something any minute about being used in this way. And oddly enough, Sen. McCain himself seems unusually quiet about this ad. Isn’t this the kind of thing he said he wouldn’t do just a few months ago? I guess he “changed” again.

That being said, the McCain/Palin ad failed to show the full quote:

Which makes it insanely obvious what he was talking about– McCain’s recent tendency to agree with President Bush on nearly everything and then calling it “change.”

I saw a spokesperson from the Obama campaign on MSNBC a minute ago. (I didn’t catch her name, so I apologize.) Normally, I don’t quote campaign spokespeople, but I thought she made a really good point:

“If John McCain can’t even stand up to his own campaign advisors to get them to take down their add… then how is he going to stand up to Osama bin Laden and everybody else?”

She went on to say,

“It’s a character question… Is John McCain a straight talker? No. They’re lying… That’s not straight talk. That’s silly talk… Americans are losing money every day. The economy is going downhill, we’re in a war that we can’t get out of, and John McCain wants to put an ad up about something that’s not true and then won’t even stand behind it. Is that the kind of person we want to be President of the United States? I don’t think so.”

And excellent point, indeed, but it’s not my biggest concern with all these “sexism” claims flying around. By the way, if John McCain was so concerned about sexism, he’d have probably voted different on equal pay, he’d have probably been more concerned about Wasilla charging women for rape kits while Sarah Palin was mayor, and he have probably had a better answer to this question:

And yet he wants to make bogus claims about “sexism” where it is (SCREAMINGLY) obvious that none exists. That hurts women, overall. It’s the same reason why I can’t stand women who make false claims about rape. Real sexism does exist. It can be a very real problem. And when you cry wolf so many times, people become desensitized to it, and REAL instances of sexism aren’t taken as seriously.

John McCain. Champion for the modern woman. Change you can believe in.

UPDATE:

I was right.  Katie Couric (who was referencing attacks against Hillary Clinton in the clip used for the attack ad) seems to be none too pleased about being featured in a campaign attack ad.

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