New Obama ad: Romney “out of touch” with women

posted at 1:46 pm on August 6, 2012 by Dustin Siggins

On Saturday, the Obama campaign released an ad hammering Romney for opposing the HHS Mandate and wanting to defund Planned Parenthood. The ad mostly focuses on a couple of women talking about how “out of touch” Romney is with how the average American women sees Planned Parenthood, contraception, etc.

The ad is pretty standard fare in most ways, but its rhetoric takes a couple of stretches. First, one of the women comments on how Romney is out of touch because he opposes the HHS contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate. In the ad, she says “This is not the 1950s — contraception is so important to women.” Never mind that the mandate violates the First Amendment, and Romney is not intending to prevent access to contraception. If government biases against the individual market, as well as other government interferences in private insurance such as the PPACA, were gone, the individual market would be far more accessible than it is currently. That would leave insurance much less expensive, thus providing the opportunity for cheaper contraceptive coverage for those women who wish to have such products covered.

Of course, the ad ignores the abortion and sterilization parts of the mandate. But that’s a story for another day.

The other stretch by the ad is one woman’s statement that she doesn’t “remember anyone as extreme as Romney,” followed by Romney saying he would cut funding for Planned Parenthood. This is yet another laughable example of the President’s attempt to switch from portraying Romney as a flip-flop moderate to a dangerous right-winger. First, his positions on Planned Parenthood and the mandate are well within mainstream Republican thinking. Second, if the ad is talking about Romney as compared to other Presidential candidates, the contraception mandate was not an issue until January 2012, so there really is no precedent with which to compare him.

As political ads go, this one was pretty mild, but these two over-the-top statements definitely caught my attention. I think it’s also worth noting that the ad says nothing about the economy — the President’s biggest weakness in this election, and the best explanation as to why he’s doubling down on supporting an unconstitutional mandate and supporting the nation’s largest killer of unborn babies.

 


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Back to the ‘War on Woman’, eh?

Yeah, waiting a few months…it’ll work better this time…

*facepalm*

catmman on August 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Romney extreme??? Riiight

Next attack please.

bluealice on August 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Obama hates women, all of them.

Only stupid women fall for Obama.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If Romney would just embrace partial-birth abortion, the gals on the Left would love him.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Stupid.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The Class War backfired with the idiotic “you didn’t build that”, so he’s back to the Fluke/Julia tactics.

This is a Degenerate in Chief.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Well, I guess that means my wife and all her girl friends are out of touch with women as well.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I think it’s also worth noting that the ad says nothing about the economy

Obama’s one attempt to talk about the economy led to “you didn’t build that” and the backlash from it. He’s going to steer very far from talking about the economy from now on.

Well, that is, if he thinks he can and get away with it.

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Oh no, we’re back to this already? What’s next? The dog on the roof story again?

Trafalgar on August 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Anything to divert attention from Reid! Crisis management time.

a capella on August 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Back to the ‘War on Woman’, eh?

Yeah, waiting a few months…it’ll work better this time…

*facepalm*

catmman on August 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Obama does believe in recycling.

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

man o man see how fast things move? We had the Hyde amendment and Obama even produced an Executive Order to say there would be no federal funding of abortion a couple of years ago.

Now even talking of reducing the funding to the largest abortion provider in the world behind China is an attack on women. Baby girls could not be reached for squeals of laughter.

(Got to play with my 9 month granddaughter this past weekend)

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

War on women! No.

war on Women! Nope.

war On women! Not yet.

War on Women!
Getting close.

WAR ON WOMEN! – That’s it! [with apologies to Chuck Brown on A Chuck Brown Christmas]

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Gives new meaning to circle-jerk…he’s recycling ads now…

lovingmyUSA on August 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

“Women” is plural, not singular. How does this moron get published on the front page of HA?

Armin Tamzarian on August 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I saw this a while back, here in Ohio, all I could think of is why they didn’t mention the 200,000+ abortions planed parenthood has committed in the last year ……. just pisses me off………..

angrymike on August 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Whose White House is it again who pays their female employees far less than their male counterparts? Whose White House has presided over an economy that has seen far more job losses among women than men?

I’ll just be over hear listening to the crickets chirping.

Doughboy on August 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

bleeding more jobs than a female on MP.
 
Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

rogerb on August 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

There are a lot of Julia who see their security only in the form of Big Government, never mind the reality that Barry is playing them for an one night stand on Nov 6 only.

bayview on August 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Outside of composite girlfriends and Mooch the Sea Monster, how many women has Obama been in touch with?

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

War on Reruns

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

On Saturday, the Obama campaign released an ad hammering Romney for opposing the HHS Mandate and wanting to defund Planned Parenthood.

Keep beating that horse, O-Loser. The majority of people in this country are pro-life.

GrannyDee on August 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Liberals and Conservatives oppose corporate welfare, and PP is a private corporation that won’t vanish if taxpayers dollars aren’t dumped into its lap. So, liberals should favor PP being left to its own devices as they would want Bain to be.

Liam on August 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

As opposed to Bubba Clinton, who touches women every chance he gets.

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Obama loves his girls and doesn’t want those girls punished with the same boring unnecessary drudgery and distraction that he suffered by becoming a parent. “If only I had it to do over again.”

RBMN on August 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

new distraction….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Speaking of touching women… why was Obama wearing a wedding band in 1981?

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Women to Obama: honey you don’t make me faint anymore so much as hurl….

harlekwin15 on August 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

“This is not the 1950s — a sugar daddy is so important to us Democrat women.”

Fixed for women who’ve come a long way.

MNHawk on August 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

New Obama ad: Romney “out of touch” with women

That’s better than the rumors of Harry Reid being “in-touch” with…

Colbyjack on August 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I’ve seen this ad – partially – and like other commercials that support Obama, all I have to say is thank God for technology for inventing the remote control. Obama has nothing to say that I’m interested in. All I hear is blah, blah, blah and blah, blah, blah…

fistbump on August 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Why doesn’t Obama just run an ad where he performs an abortion? He could turn to the camera and say, “See, my opponent would never do this.”

/too much realism?

Ward Cleaver on August 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Oh no, we’re back to this already? What’s next? The dog on the roof story again?

Trafalgar on August 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Mitt was a bully in high school and simultaneously a wimp. And he hates dogs, as opposed to Obama who usually asks for seconds.

I get that most people don’t pay attention the way we do around here, but seriously these people are in charge of ruining, uh I mean running, the formerly free world?

trubble on August 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

“I don’t remember anyone as extreme as Romney.”

Now we know why 0bama decided to take a close look at Romneys work as Governor. He likes extremist policies!

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Just think, Axelrod is getting paid for this – again and again and again.

What a country!

What a guy!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Obama loves his girls and doesn’t want those girls punished with the same boring unnecessary drudgery and distraction that he suffered by becoming a parent. “If only I had it to do over again.”

RBMN on August 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Whenever I remember Obama saying that if his daughters “make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,” I think to myself what a sick, perverted and twisted soul he must have to be willing to participate in the murder of his own unborn grandchild.

GrannyDee on August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

This is a re-hash of an ad that has been playing here for weeks. I gotta say though, why did they pick such ugly women to screech that absurdity? Do they not have any attractive females supporting Obama?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

This is a re-hash of an ad that has been playing here for weeks. I gotta say though, why did they pick such ugly women to screech that absurdity? Do they not have any attractive females supporting Obama?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Uh, no.

Ward Cleaver on August 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

These womyns forgot to mention Romney is a Mormon. Can’t have a properly scary ad without mentioning that. Did you know that Mormon starts with the same letter as misogynist? There’s no way that can be a coincidence, right?

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Whenever I remember Obama saying that if his daughters “make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,” I think to myself what a sick, perverted and twisted soul he must have to be willing to participate in the murder of his own unborn grandchild.

GrannyDee on August 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I put nothing past somebody who gets up and defends 8.3% unemployment by refering to jobs as one would talk about widgets. Nevermind the number of Americans out of work and hurting. Obama has no empathy, compassion, or soul. I’m quite sure the guy that didn’t vote to stop IL babies from being denied care if they are product of a botched abortion really wouldn’t view his own bastard grandchild with any sort of emotional connection.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Do they not have any attractive females supporting Obama?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Let me think about this for a minute or two.

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Nope.

GrannyDee on August 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Has there ever been a president this sleazy?

justltl on August 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I saw an unrelated story this morning that said the unemployement rate for people with a college degree is now lerss than 5%. If that’s true, then ads like this are smart. People who already have a job aren’t very worried about the economy and aren’t affected by it. This ad is aimed squarely at the upscale, college-educated, working single or recently married woman. Unfortunately, it is likely to work.

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Well said, Happy Nomad.

GrannyDee on August 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The other stretch by the ad is one woman’s statement that she doesn’t “remember anyone as extreme as Romney,”

‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’

– Paula Klein, film critic

Socratease on August 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

To the Dems, ANYONE who is “successful,” is EXTREME!!!
To the Dems, ANYONE with “solid, moral values” is EXTREME!!!

DixT on August 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Has there ever been a president this sleazy?

justltl on August 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

LBJ. He was a helluva lot better at it, though.

BobMbx on August 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

August 2008 – Axelrod: Really, this war on women thing will work. Really.

August 2009 – Axelrod: Romney hates women! Let’s go with that one!

August 2010 – Axelrod: Romney really hates women! Am I hot, or am I hot!

August 2011 – Axelrod: Romney hates women!

August 2012 – Axelrod: Oh! Wait! This will really work! Romney didn’t pay any taxes! Oh man, we’ve got him, now!

September 2012 – Axelrod: Oh! Shit! This is the bomb! Romney hates women who pay their taxes! This is destiny!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Maybe Clinton can include in his nominating speech that, unlike Romney, Obama and he both love being “in touch” with women.

Drained Brain on August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Do they not have any attractive females supporting Obama?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Norah O’Donell?

BobMbx on August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

This ad is aimed squarely at the upscale, college-educated, working single or recently married woman. Unfortunately, it is likely to work.

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I would argue then that it is not effective. He already has this demographic, particularly after the whole free contraception for slutty behavior, attack on religious institutions. He needs to make inroads in with moms who understand what kind of debt Obama has thrust on their kids.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Has there ever been a president this sleazy?

justltl on August 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Considering Bill Clinton once occupied the Oval Office, it’s shocking to think this question could be aptly applied to someone else.

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

In a household of all males, with Ann being the only female, my experience is that wives and moms in that situation are many times treated like a queen. I would venture to say the Romney men probably know more about how women feel, and how to treat them, than Odumbo will ever know.

waterytart on August 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The other stretch by the ad is one woman’s statement that she doesn’t “remember anyone as extreme as Romney,”

Socratease on August 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

What is unsaid is that these pro baby killing women are as about as extreme as it gets, so how could Romney possibly be as extreme as them? Everyone they hang out is super extreme so of course they don’t recall anyone else as (not at all) extreme.

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Jenna Jameson supports Mitt Romney and she’s touched all kinds of women, from what I understand…

Wagthatdog on August 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

And if you actually subscribe to this tripe please call me . . . I have several large bridges to sell.

rplat on August 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Norah O’Donell?

BobMbx on August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Eh. For me she is one of those lefties who might be attractive but for opening their mouths. Mooch would also fall into this catagory who is too much the angry black woman to ever be attractive.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

We still have the ignoring seniors and letting them die, and the “don’t care about children” cycles…along with he’s a racist.

Wash, rinse, dry, repeat…

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

When will these 0bama people be happy?

Romney bad, because he is out of touch with women.

Cain bad, because he may have touched some women.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Ha! Now take Bill Clinton. He was in touch with women!!

NickDeringer on August 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

That Reid “Romney hasn’t paid taxes in, like, forever” thing must not be working. Time to dust off the war on women theme. At least they seem to have a short play list.

totherightofthem on August 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Romney bad, because he is out of touch with women.

Cain bad, because he may have touched some women.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Flip side of their love of Bill Clinton. He may have had sex with an intern young enough to be his daughter but he gets a pass from the NAGs because of his “work on behalf of women.” Nevermind this was the kind of behavior that the feminists have been calling demeaning to women for decades.

In other words, if you are going to commit inappropriate workplace transgressions, make sure you’re elected as a Democrat and you’ll have a get out of the doghouse card.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The other stretch by the ad is one woman’s statement that she doesn’t “remember anyone as extreme as Romney,”

Romney is neither Reagan nor either Bush…and many on the Right would argue that both Bushes were not ‘extreme enough.’

A President Romney could no more take away a woman’s right to choose than George Bush or Ronald Reagan did. The Supreme Court has recognised that there is a right to use contraception and to have an abortion. A presidential diktat or Federal law is not going to be able to overturn Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Doe, or Casey. The only way that abortion and/or contraception will ever be illegal again in this country is either through a Supreme Court decision (and the odds are not great even with a conservative Court) or a Constitutional amendment.

Anyone telling you differently is fear-mongering.

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Wow, that is just insulting. I hope women realize how stupid Team Obama thinks they are.

KS Rex on August 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Don’t forget:

If you are going to get drunk, drive your car off of a bridge, leave a young woman to drown while you “swim for help,” make sure that you are a Democrat because everyone will understand that the victim would probably think that her death was “worth it” due to all of the great work that you were able to do on behalf of women.

And…

If you happen to be that Democrat, make sure that you bring along another Democrat when you get a hankering to get drunk and make “waitress sammiches.”

Again, the waitress will be honoured to be sacrificed on the altar of Progressivism.

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Remember when Democrats and the MSM used to denounce attack ads?

Now they embrace them.

Because it’s okay when Democrats do it.

farsighted on August 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

would argue then that it is not effective. He already has this demographic, particularly after the whole free contraception for slutty behavior, attack on religious institutions. He needs to make inroads in with moms who understand what kind of debt Obama has thrust on their kids.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

The “mom” attack will come later…”Romney hates public education…Romney plan slashes funding for schools…”

This ad isn’t aimed at women with children, it’s aimed at women who don’t want children yet and bristle at what they see as the Religious Right’s efforts to “make them have moar babiez.” It’s all trying to get people who are fed up with Obama to stay home because they don’t like Romney either, and remind Obama’s soft supporters what will happen if the Gigantic Horror Conservative wins.

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Don’t understand how any thinking woman could watch this garbage and be anything but offended.

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Flip side of their love of Bill Clinton. He may have had sex with an intern young enough to be his daughter but he gets a pass from the NAGs because of his “work on behalf of women.” Nevermind this was the kind of behavior that the feminists have been calling demeaning to women for decades.

In other words, if you are going to commit inappropriate workplace transgressions, make sure you’re elected as a Democrat and you’ll have a get out of the doghouse card.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Yup, he engaged in adultery with a female subordinate in the workplace, and then not only lied under oath about it but asked her to do the same.

Funny how the NAGs were silent just a few years earlier, when Clinton’s Justice Department successfully prosecuted a female VA employee for lying under oath about sex.

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Speaking of touching women… why was Obama wearing a wedding band in 1981?

faraway on August 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

he was in a composite marriage at 20?

DanMan on August 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Of course, the other purpose of an ad like this is to try to goad Romney into responding to it and dividing his own supporters in the process. If he says “wait a minute, I support contraception but….” there go at least some of the evangelical voters.

Abortion is a loser now, Democrats have finally figured that out. So they decided to make this campaign about contraception, which is way more popular and pretty much settled as OK in the minds of about 90% of voters. This is why Planned Parenthood is named what it is; who is against planning parenthood? And when you talk about PP in the context of contraception, it looks extreme for anyone to want to cut off all its funding. Why, who will provide that wonderful fmaily planning help to the poor?

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

More stupidity from Obama… only the militant abortionists would care about this issue and in fact ads like this will badly backfire on Obama…
Folks, what you are seeing is an utterly deseprate Obama campaign that is losing badly… Their internals are very bad and so is their fundraising… Everyday they come up with a new strategy because the strategy of the day before did not work…

mnjg on August 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

How Progressive women really feel about other women:

We’re comfortable with moral relativism in this country — or, at least, we love us a good “sinned and redeemed” narrative. And, for the most part, we realize that there are few lives on which we can slap a “Good” or “Evil” label and expect it to be accurate.

Which, let’s face it, is one of the reasons the Ted Kennedy story is so fascinating. The huge achievements, weighed against the huge sins. Forty-six years of history-book accomplishments on everything from Civil Rights to the ADA to gender equality. Disabled? Poor? A member of any minority group? Then chances are your life is at least somewhat better because of Ted Kennedy. And for anyone who started to lose faith in the left’s seeming impotence over the past decade (cough cough) he provided a pretty strong reason not to throw in the towel.

So now he’s dead, and we do what we do when a Kennedy dies: read and write obsessively about him. Some of the obituaries are point-counterpoint parallels of sin with salvation. Then there are obsequious, grandiose bromides like:

“He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy.”

Good grief.

But in all the florid or scalpel-sharp prose, there’s one constant: Peeking out from the center of the story is the matter of his playing a major part in the death of a 28-year-old woman.
Mary Jo wasn’t a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and political talent with a bright future — granted, whenever someone dies young, people sermonize about how he had a “bright future” ahead of him — but she actually did. She wasn’t afraid to defy convention (28 and unmarried, oh the horror!) or create her own career path based on her talents. She lived in Georgetown (where I grew up) and loved the Red Sox (we’ll forgive her for that). Then she got in a car driven by a 36-year-old senator with an alcohol problem and a cauldron full of demons, and wound up a controversial footnote in a dynasty.

We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don’t know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.

Still, ignorance doesn’t preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn’t automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.

Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.

- Melissa Lafsky, The Footnote Speaks – What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted, The Huffington Post, 27 August 2009

Unfortunately, Ms Lafsky has finally succeeded in getting HP to take her idiocy down, so you cannot read the many, many comments in total agreement…written by Progressive women, but I do have another example from Allidunce at Townhall:

“allison Wrote: May 27, 2011 4:28 PM

Huh? Who did he murder?

He was in a tragic accident, and barely escaped with his own life. But better he survived and not that useless girl. teddy went on to become a lion in the senate and to change millions of Americans lives for the better.

She would have amounted to nothing. I’m not trying to be callous, but let’s just admit the facts. Not everyone becomes a great person who changes the world.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2011/06/03/the_ick-arus_of_capitol_hill/page/2#

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Don’t understand how any thinking woman could watch this garbage and be anything but offended.

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

40 years of public schools indoctrinating girls and making them think everything is about “reproductive freedom.”

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I want to know just why are ‘barry and the rats’ so obsessed with abortions? Oh I meant ‘choice’. No, I meant abortions.
Is it because they would be born as Americans? They would likely be born Christian and therefore infedels? barry doesn’t want ‘his daughters punished with a baby’.
What?

keithofboston on August 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

How Progressive women really feel about women:

We’re comfortable with moral relativism in this country — or, at least, we love us a good “sinned and redeemed” narrative. And, for the most part, we realize that there are few lives on which we can slap a “Good” or “Evil” label and expect it to be accurate.

Which, let’s face it, is one of the reasons the Ted Kennedy story is so fascinating. The huge achievements, weighed against the huge sins. Forty-six years of history-book accomplishments on everything from Civil Rights to the ADA to gender equality. Disabled? Poor? A member of any minority group? Then chances are your life is at least somewhat better because of Ted Kennedy. And for anyone who started to lose faith in the left’s seeming impotence over the past decade (cough cough) he provided a pretty strong reason not to throw in the towel.

So now he’s dead, and we do what we do when a Kennedy dies: read and write obsessively about him. Some of the obituaries are point-counterpoint parallels of sin with salvation. Then there are obsequious, grandiose bromides like:

“He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy.”

Good grief.

But in all the florid or scalpel-sharp prose, there’s one constant: Peeking out from the center of the story is the matter of his playing a major part in the death of a 28-year-old woman.
Mary Jo wasn’t a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and political talent with a bright future — granted, whenever someone dies young, people sermonize about how he had a “bright future” ahead of him — but she actually did. She wasn’t afraid to defy convention (28 and unmarried, oh the horror!) or create her own career path based on her talents. She lived in Georgetown (where I grew up) and loved the Red Sox (we’ll forgive her for that). Then she got in a car driven by a 36-year-old senator with an alcohol problem and a cauldron full of demons, and wound up a controversial footnote in a dynasty.

We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don’t know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.

Still, ignorance doesn’t preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn’t automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.

Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.

- Melissa Lafsky, The Footnote Speaks – What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought Of Ted?, The Huffington Post, 27 August 2009

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Since Ms Lafsky finally succeeded in getting HP to take down her insipid, vacuous idiocy, you cannot read the many, many posts agreeing wholeheartedly with her that were written by women, but I do have another example…from Allidunce of Townhall:

“allison Wrote: May 27, 2011 4:28 PM

Huh? Who did he murder?

He was in a tragic accident, and barely escaped with his own life. But better he survived and not that useless girl. teddy went on to become a lion in the senate and to change millions of Americans lives for the better.

She would have amounted to nothing. I’m not trying to be callous, but let’s just admit the facts. Not everyone becomes a great person who changes the world.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2011/06/03/the_ick-arus_of_capitol_hill/page/2#

THAT is what Progressive women think. If you have to break a few Progressive women to make a good Progressive omelet, so be it.

Resist We Much on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

So the whole- “show me your taxes” deal was the political equivalent of getting your date drunk so you can take advantage of her later….. with contraceptives of course.

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Don’t understand how any thinking woman could watch this garbage and be anything but offended.

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

….awwww, the liberal mind, it only is offended by anything conservative, liberals can demean them all day, and that is fine. Like an abused wife, she still loves her husband that beats her every day.

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I want to know just why are ‘barry and the rats’ so obsessed with abortions? Oh I meant ‘choice’. No, I meant abortions.
Is it because they would be born as Americans? They would likely be born Christian and therefore infedels? barry doesn’t want ‘his daughters punished with a baby’.
What?

keithofboston on August 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

They’re not obsessed with abortion, per se, they are obsessed with allowing everyone to have as much sex as they want with no consequences and no social opprobrium. They want to reduce humans to rutting slobs whose only source of governace is our libido. They can then convince us to give up that God who judges us and tells us to control our carnal impulses.

This way they can enslave us much easier.

rockmom on August 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

hmmm……who was it that made that comment about putting lipstick on a pig?

michaelthomas on August 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The imbeciles who buy into this campaign meme were never going to vote for anybody but Obama anyway.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Romney is our only hope it seems…. but he doesn’t appear to have the balls to fight. God Save America…. nobody else will.

ultracon on August 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Obama has no empathy, compassion, or soul.

And none of his acolytes can come on this board and make a convincing argument otherwise.

He is pure evil. A cold shell of a human being.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Don’t understand how any thinking woman could watch this garbage and be anything but offended.

Red Cloud on August 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The majority of women don’t think…they feel. They’re easily influenced by “save the children”, “save the whales”, “save the planet”, etc. messaging then they are by logical arguments. All I can say is that abolishing slavery is the only change for the better that we’ve made to the constitution since it was written.

cajunpatriot on August 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Of course his is out of touch, anyone married to the same women obviously is not experienced…now take that Bill Clinton, he is definitely in touch with women…

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Second, if the ad is talking about Romney as compared to other Presidential candidates, the contraception mandate was not an issue until January 2012, so there really is no precedent with which to compare him.

It became an issue in the debate hosted by George Stuffanuffalouse. Romney’s response to his idiotic questions the W.H. talking points (that things were working just fine) was hardly that of someone with “extreme” views.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Amateurs. Pure amateurs.

jan3 on August 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama continues to demonstrate the belief that one should never allow thr truth to get in the way of a good attack ad! Hard to believe this is the Ex-Senator who condemned negative campaigning & who called for civility! Not only are the majority of his ads, by a large margin, nothing but attack ads but almost all of them have been debunked and proven to be little more than LIES….and he continues to run them any way!

Emmanuel declared last week that Chick-Fil-A’s values were not Chicago’s values while Obama continues to demonstrate HIS morals, ethics, values, agenda are not America’s! It’s time to send this Lying, Class Warfare-fighting, Islamic Extremist-aiding, Anti-Capitalist Socialist packing – he can go back to Chicago where he will fit right back in perfectly!

easyt65 on August 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Pretty much every Republican president and most Democrat presidents have been to the right of Romney. The extremist here is Obama.

kbTexan on August 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Obama ad: Romney “out of touch” with women

Woman here:
OhMyGard! What a fool!

Don’t even get me started on abortion and sex selection.

avagreen on August 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM