Saturday, August 23, 2008

Is Joe Biden a Women's Issues Advocate?

Biden's role in the Thomas hearings, particularly his treatment of Anita Hill, are something that get little mention these days. (Although some women remember.) Biden says he did not vociferously pursue Hill's charges of sexual harassment because he didn't want to go after a Supreme Court nominee the way Republicans would. Here's Charles Ogletree, who represented Hill, on why Biden's excuse is bullshit:
Shakesville (last week)
Because there's no way in blue hell that Obama could be foolish enough to be seriously considering for one blinking second putting on his ticket the speech plagiarizing, bankruptcy bill voting, Bush-coddling, racist, sexist asshat Biden, a consummate gaffe machine who launched his own '08 presidential bid with a screeching dog whistle that declared Obama "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."
And Melissa Today
It's not the first time Biden's had problems with saying something racist, and he's no stranger to sexist commentary, either – which is only the beginning of his problems with women, on whose behalf he is decidedly inconsistent.
Although he authored the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 - a key tool in addressing domestic abuse nationally, which delegates federal funds for combating crimes against women - he does not support federal funding for abortion on the premise that it "imposes a view." (That view being, presumably, that women have agency over their own bodies.) Last year, he supported the "partial-birth abortion" ban, even without exceptions for the health or life of the mother, but also voted to reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment.
Tennesse Guerilla Women
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the candidate who earned 18 million votes, was not even vetted. We're sure Biden's 200 voters are simply thrilled. The rest of us, well, just call us marginalized and invisible.
Back in the 1990s, Biden was the leader of the pack of 14 white male senators who conducted the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings. The committee of 14 men threw every sexist stereotype in the book at Anita Hill. Like Hillary, Joe Biden voted to authorize the war in Iraq, but that's so not a problem when a bro does it.
Voting record on abortion
Biden's pro choice score from NARAL: 36% in 2003 and 75% in 2007.
And some bigotry from Vast Left
The point of Biden's grandstanding is clear: he fancies himself the most electable Democrat, because he will uniquely wrap himself in the shroud of Turin. In fact, he's so holy he wanted to rip out the Adam's apple of a colleague who dared call an old-school religious ritual "quaint."
But, let's play angel's advocate: maybe Biden's not saying that atheists are bad, he's just saying not to disrespect religion.


Patricia said...

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Double Jointed Fingers said...

Patricia, thank you. And, CharlotteFrontandCenter is an amazing site, full of information.

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Anonymous said...

He is more of one then a re elected republican party will be. If i was an american i would vote democrate, even if i did not like the candidate, simpley because they are left wing. The right is always wrong!

Double Jointed Fingers said...

Ahh, Lindsey. The old "the devil you know" tactic.

Sorry, but women are not going to vote for the lesser of two evils any more. Look what blind loyalty to the Democratic Party got us at this important point in America politics - an inexperienced black man hanging on to a member of the old white boy's club.

And look how it got us there - by cheating in caucuses and DNC vote give aways.