Obama to Clinton supporters: It would help if you’d just get over it

posted at 8:45 pm on June 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Some voters may be wondering how the healing is going among Democrats.  According to Jake Tapper and Kate Snow at ABC … poorly.  After Sheila Jackson Lee suggested that Barack Obama needed to reach out to female voters still on edge after the narrow victory over Hillary Clinton, Obama suggested that he was too busy to do women’s work:

Sources at the meeting said that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, a Clinton supporter, expressed the desire that Obama and his campaign would reach out the millions of women still aggrieved about what happened in the campaign and still disappointed that Clinton lost.

Obama agreed that a lot of work needs to be done to heal the Democratic Party, and that he hoped the Clinton supporters in the room would help as much as possible.

According to Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Obama then said, “However, I need to make a decision in the next few months as to how I manage that since I’m running against John McCain, which takes a lot of time. If women take a moment to realize that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it.”

Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., a longtime Clinton supporter, did not like those last three words — “Get over it.” She found them dismissive, off-putting.

“Don’t use that terminology,” Watson told Obama.

The subtext of this isn’t hard to fathom.  Listen, sweetie, I’m busy with man-work.  Why don’t the women-folk get together and handle this themselves?  I’m sure that’ll convince women he takes them seriously.  He all but told Lee and the other women at the meeting that they have nowhere else to go, so he’s not going to waste his time.

What meeting was this?  An Obama meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Yep.  Lots of healing to go, it seems.


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