...just to make sure it is really dead.
Remember when liberal democrat NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd declared that feminism was dead.
"Feminism died in 1998 when Hillary allowed henchlings and Democrats to demonize Monica as an unbalanced stalker, and when Gloria Steinem defended Mr. Clinton against Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones by saying he had merely made clumsy passes, then accepted rejection, so there was no sexual harassment involved. As to his dallying with an emotionally immature 21-year-old, Ms. Steinem noted, 'Welcome sexual behavior is about as relevant to sexual harassment as borrowing a car is to stealing one.' Surely what's good for the Comeback Kid is good for the Terminator."
Now liberal democrat California Senator Barbara Boxer is pumping rounds in the back of the corpse's head, gangland execution style.
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow nails it:
“I don’t know if she was intentionally that tacky, but I do think it’s outrageous. Here you got a professional woman, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Barbara Boxer is sort of throwing little jabs because Condi doesn’t have children, as if that means that she doesn’t understand the concerns of parents. Great leap backward for feminism,” Snow told FOX News Talk’s Brian and The Judge.
The New York Post chimes in:
We scarcely know where to begin.
The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accom plished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman.
It's hard to imagine the firestorm that similar comments would have ignited, coming from a Republican to a Democrat, or from a man to a woman, in the United States Senate. (Surely the Associated Press would have put the observation a bit higher than the 18th paragraph of a routine dispatch from Washington.)
But put that aside.
The vapidity - the sheer mindlessness - of Sen. Boxer's assertion makes it clear that the next two years are going to be a time of bitterness and rancor, marked by pettiness of spirit and political self-indulgence of a sort not seen in America for a very long time.
But even to suggest that Condoleezza Rice is not fit to serve her country because she is childless is beyond bizarre.
It is perverse.
Sen. Boxer needs to apologize.
And she needs to do it today.
Bitter Bitch has a few words on the subject:
So does the fact that I don’t have anyone in my immediate family who is threatened mean that I’m not allowed to have a view? I mean if I’m not putting my ovaries to work, obviously I’m not creating any more Democratic voters…
If Boxer is any kind of feminist, she wouldn’t have even considered going this route. It’s dangerous and it only hurts her constituents more than the GOP’s. As a 2005 award winner from the National Organization for Women, I’d really like to see how she justifies this kind of statement. It might be about children, but just because a woman opts for incredible professional accomplishment instead of popping out babies doesn’t mean her voice doesn’t count.