I trusted the polls because I believed that men on the Left were with us in this struggle, but in the end, too many left us to vote for a racist, sexist, xenophobic, hyper-masculine demagogue. This was not a victory on the Right, but a failure of the Left.
Clinton won the first debate last night, according to scientific polls, focus groups, and my Grandma Lois. Trump should have won the debate. His bar was set quite low — perhaps the lowest in presidential history — but he didn’t bother to prepare, and it was apparent. History favored Trump in that first debates boost the… Continue reading Five Ways Trump Lost A Debate He Was Supposed to Win
By: Meredith Conroy and Caroline Heldman (originally posted at The New West blog) Two weeks ago, the guerilla art collective Indecline unveiled a series of statues featuring a naked Donald Trump in New York City, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Indecline entitled the installation “The Emperor Has No Balls” in reference to Hans… Continue reading “The Emperor Has No Balls”:Virility, Masculinity, and the American Presidency
Many of my progressive friends are panicking about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the White House. This post lays out why Hillary Clinton is heavily favored to win in November. I begin with an overview of the data and then respond to three questions that were recently posed by my skeptical Grandma Lois. The Odds are… Continue reading Panicked About a Trump Win? Relax, and vote.
This post is a recap of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia in terms of viewership, production quality, speakers, themes, truthiness, protests, post-convention bounce, and significance.
After Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law school student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for believing that insurance should cover the cost of birth control, pundits on the right and left quickly pointed out that liberal media figures have also used sexist slurs. I have perhaps written more than anyone about the use of sexist… Continue reading Rush Limbaugh’s 20 Year War on Women
From The Factor, September 26, 2011: O’Reilly: “Do you think you’re being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race? Here you’ve got eight sweaty guys – they’re all sweaty – and then you’re there. Are you being treated differently because you’re the only woman in the race, do you think?” Bachmann: “You… Continue reading Election 2012 Sexism Watch #5: Bachmann Denies Sexism
Gender slurs operate like racial slurs in that they are sex-specific put-downs…My biggest disappointment on the left is Jon Stewart, the host of the super-funny and informative The Daily Show. He uses “pussy” and “bitch” with some frequency, and mixes in misogynistic remarks with otherwise sharp political analysis.