The Problem, Briefly

Mitch Daniels says:

“We need to really present ourselves in Indiana and Tennessee and places elsewhere as people who favor change that believes in you, that believes you are an individual of dignity and a person who is fully up to the task of leading your own life.”

Chip Forrester says:

“Tennessee Republicans have a surplus of bad ideas that make it harder for working people to get by or for their kids to get a decent education — there’s no need to steal inspiration from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the man who wrote the failed economic policies that led us into Bush’s recession.”

I say, really? A Democrat hears what came out of Daniels’ mouth and the first thing that pops into his head is “working people”? Not the blatant hypocrisy of claiming to believe that I am a person of dignity and fully up to the task of leading my own life and then assaulting my ability to lead my own life like it’s going out of style just because I’m a woman?

Seriously, when you can’t say “funny, they don’t seem to believe that about women” but instead have to talk about “working people” or “kids” (never mind the amount of people in this state who aren’t working but would like to be), we women should take note. and then underline it. “People” and “kids” get defended. We don’t.

3 thoughts on “The Problem, Briefly

  1. Considering that Tennessee lags far behind other states in electing women statewide, you have a hard time wondering if this is symptom or disease. At least until you realize that the Tenn. GOP has Beth Harwell in a position of leadership; Marsha Blackburn gets universal GOP support. It’s got to say something about our state of affairs when Kansas is a couple decades ahead (if Kathleen Sebelius can get elected there, WTF is wrong here, etc.).

    Claiming to represent “working people” is the go-to talking point for the Democratic Party, despite their long-standing practice of stopping far short of that claim.

  2. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more annoyed I get. It hit my feminist bone, but really. So, Democrats are not for all of the people who are out of work?

    What about all of the people who’ve found that Republicans don’t believe they have dignity or are capable of leading their own lives–gay people, religious and ethnic minorities, transgender people, etc.? We’re now not for them?

    Why the fuck can’t we as Democrats be for “All Tennesseans” or some such nonsense? It’s really that hard for Forrester to say something like “I am delighted to hear that Republicans are embracing a platform of everyone being an individual of dignity who is capable of leading his or her own life. This represents a major change in strategy for them, considering their legislative efforts to control the healthcare decisions of women, to control the love-lives and marriage choices of gay people, the circumstances under which you can work and how much you can get paid if you’re a teacher, and their all-out efforts to tell Tennesseans where and how they can worship. We look forward to the positive repercussions of their new beliefs.” Or something along those lines.

    I just pulled that out of my ass right now. Why do Democrats in this state spend so much time signalling that they’re embarrassed by Democratic constituencies? I find THAT embarrassing.

    And I’m beginning to suspect that we’re using the strawman of “what Tennesseans will accept” as cover for what we’re comfortable promoting.

  3. Atrios does a good job of spelling out this issue, at least from a national perspective:

    Voters and elections are problems, and the biggest problem for the Democratic party are actual Democrats. They’d prefer that government be run by some sort of committee headed by Robert Rubin.

    Substitute Jimmy Naifeh for Robert Rubin, and I think that this is an excellent insight into the hivemind.

    And I think that by-and-large, “working people” defecting from the DP* are coming to the conclusion that they’d prefer being stabbed in the front.

    How long to sing this song?

    * which also and unironically stands for a two-on-one sexual practice, one to which I was alerted by Trey Parker & Matt Stone in their clip about BP’s non-apology for the Gulf spill, naming themselves Dependable Petroleum. “We don’t fuck the earth anymore. We DP it.” Double penetration is sort of apt here as well.

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