Input from some Hillary supporters on how Palin has been treated: Hillary Clinton supporters and Women for McCain leadership are slamming Barack Obama’s new ad, titled “His Choice,” as sexist and demeaning to women for its depiction of running mate Sarah Palin. The ad features a McCain quote about relying on his vice president for economic advice — and then shows an unrelated clip of Palin winking mischievously at the camera. The implication: She’s less than a person to be taken seriously. “It’s a sexist example of reducing a woman to an object — a wink — and denying her a voice. Her lips are actually moving, but she’s not allowed to be heard,” says Stephanie Bressler, a Hillary Clinton supporter and women and politics professor at the University of Scranton. Bressler is not alone in her umbrage over the ad.
Shelly Mandell, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women: “I am outraged by the new ad put out by Barack Obama. It is sexist and demeaning to women. These tactics started with Hillary Clinton and continue, growing even more disgusting, with Governor Palin. I was a Hillstar for Hillary and an avid supporter. Trashing two women clearly in a sexist manner in one election is an outrage and must be identified and stopped. There must be consequences. Let female Obama supporters take a good look at this and still believe their candidate supports women’s rights and women’s dignity.”
Prameela Bartholomeusz, DNC Platform Committee member: “I am once again stunned at the personal and sexist attacks by the Obama campaign against Governor Palin. This latest ad is sexist and offensive. The governor of Alaska has been managing and balancing a budget of $10 billion; I think she knows a bit about economics.
“Senator Obama never spoke up against sexism during the primary season, and is not speaking out against misogyny during this phase of the election season. He is contributing to it. I have no confidence that Senator Obama will fight for women’s issues if elected. This sets women back decades.”
Mary Calderon, Tampa, former Hillary Clinton supporter: “I’m disappointed that Senator Obama has resorted to personal attacks at this point in the campaign. Would any male candidate for vice president of the United States be afforded similar treatment by the Obama campaign? I would say not.”
Amy Siskind, ambassador for Hillary: “When Senator Hillary Clinton was demeaned and degraded during the presidential primary, many of us of, myself included, vowed ‘never again.’ The treatment of Governor Palin by both the mainstream media, and now the Obama campaign, shows that the misogyny fest is alive and well in our country. There has been a complete and utter smear job of our fellow citizen, Sarah Palin, who is only trying to serve her country.”
Has Gov. Palin been treated fairly ?
IMHO, Gov. Palin should never have been advised to continue with the wink. It gives an aura of unprofessionalism. Like she doesn't take things seriously. It's fine to have a sense of humor. Necessary in fact. But in everyday life, a wink says, "I'm just kidding." (Or even worse, it is a come-on.)
She has reduced herself to the wink. No one else had to do it.
And as Anne Kilkenny e-mail (http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/) states, Gov. Palin was not always quite the financial whiz that some would have us believe.
A former Secretary of State and supporter of McCain says that Sarah Palin isn't up to the task of taking over the presidency in a crisis but could become "adequate" .
Let's hope that she is already adequate for the VP, if McCain wins.
Amblessed, it is SO refreshing to see you so involved with women's issues.
Who knew that it would take someone like you to step forward about the treatment of women?
Your wife must be thankful that now everyone understands your commitment to the women's movement.
I think that many agree it was McCain that reduced her to an object and then her lack of intelligence, experience and ethics sealed it.
But, snaps to you for taking up the cause! You go girl!
No she has not...immediately after being "picked", the media jumped in and have picked everything from her children to her shoes...and now her wink???...They've had their noses up hers, and every family memeber's butt...We know far far less about Obama, than Palin, McCain, or even Joe the Plumber (that's what he gets for asking a question!)...However, life ain't fair...and I'd say she's held up pretty darn good.
No, Sarah Palin hasn't been treated fairly at all.
How dare Obama say that about women including the sexism remarks, and all that. I hope he makes one more mistake then he's out!
Sarah Palin has been attacked from her children, to clothing, now to her wink. I thank you amblessed for staying on top of this matter for women's rights.
I really appreciate it. Go Sarah! Go MCcain! MCcain and Palin all the way!
No she hasn't been treated fairly, but politics is a nasty place where she will take hits if for no other reason because she is conservative. People fail to realize she is the only one in this campaign who has ever governed. The other three have only legislated. At least McCain and Biden have been in the political arena long enough to have experience of others success and failures in governing.
lets just hope McCain and Palin can pull this election out, and common sense prevails.
then all of this will not matter.
"obama hood" is starting to show his true colors- let's hope he makes more "fubars" before election day.
and thank you amblessed for staying on top of this- and at least having the guts to point it out.
phrannie, what do you mean by "We know far less about Obama"? Do you think they (whoeverr "they" are?) are hiding things about his past? What about Obama don't you know? Wright, Ayers?
Palin has been scrtuinized, not mistreated. Warranted criticism of her inability to assume the presidency is not being treated unfairly.
yea its kinda pathetic when you turn on the news and they are talking about how Palin spends to much moneey are her clothes and she dresses bad. I think one time I heard someone call her daughter a Wh*re because she had a kid. people should worry about politics not her clothes and family affairs which is nobodies business.
I just wanted to add in what a rude answer to give
From your profile your only 17
I wouldnt be calling adults stupid and confused
To answer the question, yes she has been treated unfairly, no ones deserves to be picked apart for every little thing like that
No one is perfect- INCLUDING OBAMA.
shes proved to be dumb, hypocritical, and unethical. yeah I think she has been treated fairly. selecting her for vice president probably hurt mccain's chances worse than anything.