Will NOW fire its California president?

posted at 12:15 pm on October 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

National NOW President Terry O’Neill tried offering a Monty Python-esque closure to the controversy over the use of the word “whore” in Jerry Brown’s strategy sessions, captured by Brown’s ineptitude in hanging up a phone after leaving a message with an official from the police union.  O’Neill said that from now on, anyone using the word “whore” in connection to a female politician should get fired immediately.  That stance allowed NOW to continue its hypocritical endorsements of Brown and Alan Grayson, the latter of whom explicitly used the term himself to describe an aide to Ben Bernanke.

Fortunately, O’Neill has a perfect opportunity to put her plan into action:

Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race in the wake of comments by a Brown aide that Whitman was a “whore.” At the time, national NOW President Terry O’Neill said that anyone who “from here on” calls a woman a “whore” should be fired.

She might want to have a talk with California NOW President Parry [sic]  Bellasalma, who today told TPM in response to a question that “Meg Whitman could be described as ‘a political whore.’ Yes, that’s an accurate statement.”

TPM Muckraker just confirmed what the Daily Caller had already reported:

Bellasalma said that while calling Whitman a “whore” was a poor choice of words, the description was accurate. “The very troubling issue that is embedded in that call is what prompted the description of Meg as a ‘whore’ is basically that she sold out Californians for an endorsement and a $450,000 independent expenditure campaign,” she said.

Honestly, as I wrote the first time, it’s not a great idea for Whitman to play a victim card in an election.  This, however, is different.  NOW routinely plays victim cards, and has done so explicitly on this kind of rhetoric.  Now they have been “hoist with their own petard,” and should be held accountable to their own standards.  Even with O’Neill’s laughable construction, Bellasalma should have her walking papers in hand by the end of the day today.

Will O’Neill fire Bellasalma?  Not a chance.  Expect NOW to suddenly embrace the “whore” insult as an asexual description of a lack of honor and ethics, which is exactly how it has been meant when used in the political context by all of the people NOW attacked over the years for using the term.  And in doing so, they will have completed their performance-art meltdown and the exposure of their own lack of integrity and honesty.

Pass the popcorn, and recall this scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian ( mildly NSFW):

Update: TPM Muckraker has Bellasalma’s first name wrong; it’s Patty, not Parry.  It’s a typo, obviously, and they’ll undoubtedly correct it soon, but I appended the [sic] in the excerpt to note the issue.

Update II: The CA NOW presidency is an elected position, so O’Neill can’t fire Bellasalma — but she could call for her to resign.   Will she?  (via Tammy Bruce)


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Groups like NOW that are supposedly about “womens rights” disgust me. Call yourself what you are – a liberal political group of women. Their silence as Palin and her girls were slandered was deafening. This is simply another nail in their coffin of relevance.

MikeknaJ on October 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM

C’mon now. We all know that NOW has nothing to do with women. Its a left-sided political hack group. And seriously, have you seen their members? Butt ugly!

jbh45 on October 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

If she isn’t fired, any gasp of credibility NOW has, will disappear. Bellasalma is a total hypocritical disgrace and O’Neill is a coward.

bbh on October 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

doesn’t even know how to hang up a phone.

Seems Qualified to Run California in this technological age?

roflmao

donabernathy on October 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

To be…..or not to be a wh*re!!
Shakespeare

84.The green-eyed monster Wh*re

95.A blinking idiot Wh*re

http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes

(snark)

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

So it is perfectly acceptable for me to just refer to NOW and it’s entire membership as a “pack of whores”?

Ok, can do.

conservnut on October 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Hypocrisy is not a concept that applies to liberals and progressives vocabulary.

They have no shame.

Conservative Samizdat on October 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Sigh.

It’s Patty, not Parry.

moochy on October 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

By the way, now we know what NOW really stands for.

conservnut on October 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

NOW was under Bill Clinton’s Desk during the Lewinsky scandal.

They have no credibility.

portlandon on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

What is it with Liberals and the Wh*re word,
ahem,

Bill Clinton,
Al Gore,
John Edwards,
and the rest of the Debaucherous Democrats!!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I have never been part of NOLW or NOW as it likes to call itself and I never will be… I’m a Mama Grizzly!

CCRWM on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

O’Neill will probably decide that — like Gloria Steinemm’s post-Lewinsky scandal decision that everyone deserves one free grope — everyone deserves one free “whore” reference, provided that, like Bill Clinton, they have the proper NOW-endorsed beliefs on the other key issues.

jon1979 on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Nah, she won’t be fired. Liberals never play by their own rules.

darwin on October 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

KISS- Strutter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbiFkS4XwG8

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM

As a Woman NOW never has and never will represent me or any of my female friends and family. Since we are just conservative, state college educated hicks they would not speak out or defend us in any way. They are only for abortion rights, plain and simple.

Bikerchick on October 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM

NOW leadership has been dysfunctional for years. It doesn’t matter if they fire her or not. They really are a one-hit group anymore. It’s all about abortion.

You could be Margaret Thatcher, and unless you were explicitly pro-choice, they’d campaign against you.

AnninCA on October 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Whitman, Fiorina and especially O’Donnell -

Rasmussen Poll: Coons 51, O’Donnell 40, Other 5

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

Christine O’Donnell 78% toward her fund raising goal…somebody tell the RNC Delaware isn’t in play. Someone thinks Christine O’Donnell is a viable alternative she’s almost reached her 1 Million dollar goal. They should have led with this. Send Harry Ried’s Pet back to the Kennel.

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

It’s Patty, not Parry.

“It’s time for androgyny that’s just Pat!”

Fallon on October 15, 2010 at 12:29 PM

A New Glass Ceiling has been breached!!

Ugh!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

As for me she should be allowed to stay on..I mean as long as she is doing stupid sh!t like this ..NOW is considered a kook group.. Let them stay that way..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

If they do replace her I suggest the folowing for replacements..(1)Gloria Allred (2)Joy Behar..(3)Whopi Goldberg..Take your pick..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

“It’s time for androgyny that’s just Pat Terry!”

I’m trying to keep it straight, California NOW President Parry Bellasalma and NOW National President Terry O’Neil. My bad.

Parry and Terry, might as well be Pat…

Fallon on October 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Heres the coming response to this Besmirchment,and B*sterd
ization of Conservative Women!
=========================================================

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rOd6gCbW9QM/TJYrEPpd7SI/AAAAAAAAGUc/k5b7f_b16mI/s1600/chickamauga.jpg

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

California NOW
915 L Street, Suite C245
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-3414 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (916) 442-3414 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (916) 760-7269

trying to find an email and found this…

Protest Meg Whitman Fundraiser
Thursday, October 14, 4:30 at Sheraton Grand Hotel 1230 J Street, Sacramento
For additional information call the Sacramento CLC at 916-927-9772 916-927-9772 or email MSeaman@calaborfed.org

reshas1 on October 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

If they do replace her I suggest the folowing for replacements..(1)Gloria Allred (2)Joy Behar..(3)Whopi Goldberg..Take your pick..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Dire Straits: Thats a tuffy,however in Behars latest
dust-up on the view,I’m going with B*tch
Behar!!hehe:)

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Herr Large and in Charge herr FemeNazi’s!!

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I love John Cleese!

John the Libertarian on October 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Pass the popcorn, and recall this scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian ( mildly NSFW):

Blessed are the cheesemakers!

thirteen28 on October 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM

NOW = National Organization of Whores

ninjapirate on October 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rOd6gCbW9QM/TJYrEPpd7SI/AAAAAAAAGUc/k5b7f_b16mI/s1600/chickamauga.jpg

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Nice, I saved it Thanks.

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

By the way, now we know what NOW really stands for.

conservnut on October 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Hee!

mikeyboss on October 15, 2010 at 12:42 PM

John the Libertarian on October 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Good to see again..You ran out on us last night..I thought you were upset at me..I hope not..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 12:43 PM

NOW – National Organizationof Whores.

Is that what they are?

Mirimichi on October 15, 2010 at 12:43 PM

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I’m leaning that way myself..:)

Dire Straits on October 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

ninjapirate on October 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I didn’t see your post. Beat me to it.

Mirimichi on October 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

NOW = National Organization of Whores

ninjapirate on October 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

That would make them a natural constituency for SEIU.

mikeyboss on October 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

National Organization of Whores?

birds of a feather….

ted c on October 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

N.O.W. Theme Song.

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Possibly the most depressing development form this whole affair is the political correctness imposed on us by the hyphenation of our language. Understandably, we no longer use the distasteful epithet, ni**er, substituting “n-word”. But now this has reached the insipid stage: it’s no longer “whore” but the “w-word”.

..oh my! I thinking I am suffering form a fit of the vapors!

The War Planner on October 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Does this mean that ‘whore’ is a word soon to be removed from the vernacular or does this mean that since ‘whore’ is socially acceptable description of behavior that other previously forbidden words might be retrieved from banishment?

Skandia Recluse on October 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

So are they going to change the name of the organization to “The National Association of Democratic Party Whores”?

GarandFan on October 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

N.O.W. Theme Song.

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Dr.Evil: It has potential,may I recommend!:)
========================================================

Bowling For Soup – The B*tch Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEDwYaWKiw

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

I think they should fire the president of NOW, unless she has really large ta-ta’s…

right2bright on October 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Honestly, as I wrote the first time, it’s not a great idea for Whitman to play a victim card in an election. This, however, is different. NOW routinely plays victim cards, and has done so explicitly on this kind of rhetoric.

Yes, thank you! Cuz some people just aren’t getting this. It’s not that Meg Whitman was ‘victimized’ in any way shape or form by some spaced-out dinosaur calling his female opponent a whore.

This isn’t about Meg Whitman at all or for that matter even Jerry Brown, in fact.

It’s about the ludicrous people running NOW and NOW alone, who have used the occasions when other people who are not Democrats have called people whores – & even far milder pejoratives – as prima facie evidence that the speaker was anti-woman, consistently turning a blind eye to members of a particular political party doing the very same thing.

It’s about NOW’s flaming hypocrisy for flaunting their laughably contrived situational outrage which is now – & obviously always has been – predicated on nothing more than bald political partisanship rather than any phony obligation of which they’ve presumptuously claimed ownership to defend women from a word which they have contended is ‘abusive’.

leilani on October 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Groups like NOW that are supposedly about “womens rights” disgust me. Call yourself what you are – a liberal political group of women. Their silence as Palin and her girls were slandered was deafening. This is simply another nail in their coffin of relevance.

MikeknaJ on October 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM

NOW has NEVER been about women’s rights! That has always been nothing but a smokescreen to cover over their real agenda, namely being a liberal PAC and nothing more than that.

pilamaye on October 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

N ational
O rganization of
W hores

Schadenfreude on October 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

NOW has NEVER been about women’s rights! That has always been nothing but a smokescreen to cover over their real agenda, namely being a liberal PAC and nothing more than that.

pilamaye on October 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I think their agenda is female supremacy. They support anything they believe, of course colored by their leftist world view, will be advantageous to women.

Bill C on October 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Oh, Ed, bless your heart for expecting these people to have any shame whatsoever.

Kafir on October 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Bowling For Soup – The B*tch Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEDwYaWKiw

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Since were talking about specifically the President of the N.O.W. California Chapter “Pat”…we need to go with some

President’s of the United States “Lump” GRIN

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

“Lump”

Lump sat alone in a boggy marsh,
totally emotionless except for her heart
Mud flowed up into lump’s pajamas
she totally confused all the passing pihranas

She’s lump, she’s lump
She’s in my head
She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s lump
She might be dead

Lump lingered last in line for brains
and the one she got was sorta rotten and insane

Small things so sad that birds could land
Is lump fast asleep or rockin’ out with the band?

She’s lump, she’s lump
She’s in my head
She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s lump
She might be dead

Lump was limp and lonely and needed a shove
Lump slipped on a kiss and tumbled into love
She spent her twenties between the sheets
Life limped along at sub-sonic speeds

She’s lump, she’s lump
She’s in my head
She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s lump
She might be dead

Is this lump outta my head?
I think so
Is this lump outta my head?
I think so
Is this lump outta my head?
I think so
Is this lump outta my head?

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

So it is perfectly acceptable for me to just refer to NOW and it’s entire membership as a “pack of whores”?

Ok, can do.

conservnut on October 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

That would be an upgrade for them. The cheapest, drug addicted crack whore has more integrity than NOW.

rbj on October 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Honestly, as I wrote the first time, it’s not a great idea for Whitman to play a victim card in an election. This, however, is different.

No, it’s a stupid issue.

Who the hell cares what some staffer said a month ago? What on planet Xenon does that have to do with rescuing CA from its union and budget poison pills?

If some Rossi staffer said in a meeting 5 weeks ago that maybe they should consider calling Murray a “union whore” would that mean that we should vote for her? Would that mean that suddenly Socialism works?

HA is becoming Hannitized.

mankai on October 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Well since NOW has sorted out this whole whore business maybe then can take on a real issue like the president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain saying there is no such thing as rape in marriage.

Maybe Behar & Whoopi would like to explain this position without using the word Muslim in the explanation.

batterup on October 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

as if any member of NOW would know anything about being a whore. That implies knowing and having sex. When hetero men won’t touch you with a 10 foot pole and lesbian women won’t have anything to do with you, Join NOW!

Grease up any member of NOW and throw her over a men’s or women’s prison and no one will go near her. Fact is, NOW has been a pathetic joke for years. To have them as your opponant speaks very highly of the kind of person you are. A NOW endorsement is 2nd only to an Obama endorsement as the kiss of death for their candidate

Niteowl45 on October 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

NOW, by their own definition:
NationalOrganizationofWhores

DANEgerus on October 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Does this hypocrisy make Terry O’Neill a Political Cu*t?

/ducks

Jaibones on October 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I think they should fire the president of NOW, unless she has really large ta-ta’s…

right2bright on October 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I am sorry, but that actually made me laugh out loud.

I’m bad.

Lily on October 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM

This isn’t about Meg Whitman at all or for that matter even Jerry Brown, in fact.

..it IS about Brown and making the people (read: women) of California realize that this guy is a clod and a boor and does not regard women with any degree of respect.

Moreover, this and the Maid-Gate flap goes to his conduct in office. He’s the CA AG, fer crissakes, and should conduct himself markedly better than he has.

The guy is an incompetent sleaze. Always was, always will be.

The War Planner on October 15, 2010 at 1:50 PM

(look at crowd suspiciously)
Are there any women here?

mojo on October 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM
Since were talking about specifically the President of the N.O.W. California Chapter “Pat”…we need to go with some

President’s of the United States “Lump” GRIN

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Dr.Evil: Haven’t heard that one in a long time,hehe!

Good one:)

canopfor on October 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I think they should fire the president of NOW, unless she has really large ta-ta’s…

right2bright on October 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on October 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I like Whitman, can’t stand Brown or NOW.
However, I think way too much is being made out of someone being called a whore in a private conversation. Free people should be able to speak freely in a private conversation without everyone falling over themselves being offended and calling for firings.

CarolynM on October 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Don’t fire the president of NOW, I hear she is a great cook, and picks up after her man…

right2bright on October 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM

The one great thing about NOW is that with so many women in the organization, they always have someone to answer the phone and get coffee…

right2bright on October 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Uh Christine O’Donnell isn’t at 78% of her million dollar goal anymore. She passed it since I posted link above at 12:27 PM

Raised: $-3,076,562.00 (-308%)

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 3:06 PM

NOW–National Organization of Wh*re’s…and sk@ggs…they have been on their knees to the DNC for years…

lovingmyUSA on October 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Now the O’Donnell Donation website states: Raised: $827,110.86 (83%) It changed.

Dr Evil on October 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I actually had high hopes for Terry O’Neill. she won the presidency in a highly contested vote of women who were so angry about NOW’s failure to endorse Hillary. It’s possible the CA president is older-school. She needs to go … well, NOW.

alwaysfiredup on October 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Men of Hot Air: would you rather date a more attractive woman who’s a card-carrying member of NOW, or a less attractive woman who’s not?

(I know “attractive” and “NOW” rarely go together, but just pretend for a moment.)

Grace_is_sufficient on October 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I guess whores never get abortions.

Dhuka on October 15, 2010 at 5:10 PM

…or they could just change their name from National Organization for Women -to- National Organization for Whores since they’ve opted to not only approve the moniker, but have embraced it.

They wouldn’t even have to change their NOW letterhead stationary, biz cards, and other swag.

FlatFoot on October 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

We need to form a group ‘PAST’ to counter these shills. I’m thinking it could stand for….

Paternal Anti-Socialism Terrestrials?

clement on October 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Free people should be able to speak freely in a private conversation without everyone falling over themselves being offended and calling for firings.

CarolynM on October 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I think the story is the grotesque hypocrisy, not the actual word.

After all, “if a Republican had said it,” what do you think would be happening? Especially if a Republican woman’s group had immediately endorsed him?

Merovign on October 15, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Expect NOW to suddenly embrace the word “whore”
kind of like how only some people get to use the N word.

Greed on October 15, 2010 at 11:13 PM

If there’s one word that will never be used to describe Patty Bellasalma, “whore” would probably be that word. Looking at a picture…wow.

MNHawk on October 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM