Want to See Sexism? Try Calling Your Opponent a Ditz and Joking About Clinton's Death

by: Matt Stoller

Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 23:14


Want to see sexism?  Check out this ad Congressman Dave Reichert used against Darcy Burner in 2006.

Darcy Burner is a Harvard educated former Microsoft group program manager who oversaw a staff of about 40 people with a budget of $17 million, and this year, she authored a Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq.  She is brilliant, accomplished, and a hell of a candidate, but Reichert in 2006 successfully portrayed her as a dumb ditzy blond who would do whatever Democrats told her, in contrast to the wise older experienced man.

A few days ago, Reichert joked about Hillary Clinton dying in a plane crash, a joke he's been telling since last February.  He used a grossly sexist and nasty campaign in 2006 to keep his seat in Congress and vote against women's rights.  And just watch him interrupt Darcy Burner during a debate, in order to argue in favor of denying birth control to women.

These videos are really quite stunning.  Dave Reichert's jokes about Hillary Clinton dying are just the latest in a career of using sexist slurs and innuendo to deny women full equality.

If I ran a feminist organization or ran a feminist blog or had a basic sense of fairness or equity, I might demand that Reichert apologize.

Matt Stoller :: Want to See Sexism? Try Calling Your Opponent a Ditz and Joking About Clinton's Death

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might? :) (4.00 / 1)
If I ran a feminist organization or ran a feminist blog or had a basic sense of fairness or equity, I might demand that Reichert apologize.

Can this be set up through openleft?  Maybe an e-mailing mechanism to his office?


Great idea (0.00 / 0)
Not sure about the tech specifics, but would be great if blogs like OpenLeft had "click here to email your member of Congress" capability like a lot of the advocacy groups do (e.g. ACLU)...  

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it's just a simple piece of html code (0.00 / 0)
in fact, here's the link to e-mail him, call him, or write a letter telling him not to do stuff like this.

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Thanks (0.00 / 0)
What I was talking about though is a more sophisticated blast system, where there could be a pre-written script, and all you have to do is enter your zip code and your contact information, and then you can "click here to send to YOUR member of congress".... or send to whoever the action alert is targeting.

Many advocacy organizations use this technology. Would be interesting to see this at work in the blogosphere.


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That debate clip (4.00 / 2)
Darcy should make that into an ad and run it. It really shows what each of these candidates is all about and it's hard to imagine many people in this district voting for Reichert after seeing that (well... except people who hate women)

Sending it viral (0.00 / 0)
Will likely achieve the same effect, especially considering the ultra-wired nature of the district ("home to Microsoft" is shorthand but a good description of how online the place is), whereas Burner can use her TV money to explain her policies and proposals.

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women are more than 50% of the electorate (0.00 / 0)
the issue of having more women in office is in their hands. lack of solidarity among women remains one of the great challenges of the feminist movement. African American support of Obama as a point of contrast is instructive. women need to get together. empowerment is in their hands.

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wait a sec (0.00 / 0)
"If I ran a feminist organization or ran a feminist blog or had a basic sense of fairness or equity"

you don't have a basic sense of fairness or equity? ;)

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I blame (0.00 / 0)
I blame Barack Obama.  Unless he denounces and disowns Dave Reichert in the next 6 seconds Obama is complicit in this misogynist treatment and I will be forced to vote for John McCain to punish him.

Is that supposed to be funny? (4.00 / 6)
Sexism exists in this country, and progressives shouldn't tolerate it.  I don't see the joke.

Why must everything devolve into Clinton vs. Obama? And why is sexism tolerable for so many of those who dislike Clinton?


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No, it's another one of those efforts to unite us (4.00 / 4)
that we keep hearing about.

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Dying in Plane Crashes (0.00 / 0)
The only way you could assure Hillary Clinton dying in a plane crash would be if you made John "Reverse Ace" McCain the pilot.  You don't want Insano McCaino in the driver's seat of anything, including this country.

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So let's get off our asses! (0.00 / 0)
You've been making some pretty good posts about sexisim in politics Matt. But right now that's all they are. Words typed on a computer screen.

What we need to do is get a action campaign going. If Reichert has indeed not apologized then we should start a action campaign and get people to write to him. I know FDL has a action tool that would allow that. Any way we could team up with them on it?

Enough talking. Time to DO something!

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i put a link above in the comments just now (0.00 / 0)
so you and anyone else can write away :)

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Right... (0.00 / 0)
Nice try, again, OpenLeft.

Too bad you didn't once (to my knowledge) stand up against the sexism toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters during the DEMOCRATIC primary campaign.

Now you're all concerned about sexism?! How stupid do you really think women are? Just.how.stupid?

This is just more of the same head-patting, patronizing moose muffins women in the Democratic Party have been handed for years - a lot of it by "progressive" men - who just really want their damned agenda, whether it includes concerns to women or not.

This is just too little, too late.


Feel Free to Vote for McCain (2.00 / 2)
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

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Stuff it! (0.00 / 0)
I've had it with "progressive" men acting like a bunch of babies, rarely standing up for women (certainly not "that woman"), then engaging in your kind of crap.

Oh, and that "unity" shtick is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overrated and it certainly isn't gonna happen with DINO attitudes like yours.


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I don't belive in unity either (0.00 / 1)
Which is why I am welcoming you to vote for McCain.  Seriously, I won't hold it against you.  I might even be proud if you cite me personally as the reason you voted for Insano McCaino.  I'd hold the door open for you if you want to leave the party, but you might mistake that gentlemanly gesture as an act of condescension.

So just do whatever you feel like doing....

....sweetie.

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No Longer A Democrat! (0.00 / 0)
I gave up my "addiction" to the Democratic Party several weeks ago, after watching as the media, DNC leaders, Party leaders/elders, and so-called "progressive" men (ahem) - who aren't progressive imo and who aren't men imo when they/you act so intolerably and like a bunch of inseure DINOS when it comes to women - stomped all over every feminist tenet with their sexist screeds.

I actually care about progressive values, evidenced by over 20 years working on civil rights, women's rights, worker's/union rights, health care rights. I didn't spend those 20 years in academia waxing and writing thoughtfully about these issues. I was in the streets.

I don't need a party or an ideology to tell me what I should and should not care about and support. If anything, being free of party loyalties gives me even more fire to fight for progressive values and causes.

But I am not going to be bossed, owned, guilt-tripped, lied-to, diminished, dismissed, or patronized by men of any party or ideology, for my values and beliefs.

So-called progressives would be wise to engage in some self-reflection about the damange you have wrought this election season against feminist ideals. When and if you do that, we'll have a real dialogue...about how to work together to solve the problems we face.  


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i did (4.00 / 2)
Too bad you didn't once (to my knowledge) stand up against the sexism toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters during the DEMOCRATIC primary campaign.

Except that I did, repeatedly.


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