It feels like forever since I’ve done an actual Sunday News Roundup…but the Republican National Convention was last week so…
Women Who Love Republicans Who Hate Them
- Katha Pollitt acknowledges there is no monstrous voting block called “women,” even so, she’s totally confused about any woman would vote for the current crop of Republicans being put forward;
- “The Republican Party is not your friend! It does not respect you or even like you. Rush Limbaugh thinks women who use birth control are sluts and prostitutes. Ann Coulter regrets that women can even vote. Most recently, you may have heard, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said it’s ‘really rare’ for women to get pregnant from rape because ‘if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down’;”
- Pollitt urges women to get smart and know who they’re voting for – and it shouldn’t be the GOP.
In case you hadn’t heard, there was a black woman pelted with peanuts by some jackasses last week:
- Patricia Carroll, the African-American CNN camerawoman who was assaulted by peanuts and told “this is how we feed animals” by two RNC attendees before they were ejected from the convention, said she wasn’t surprised it happened;
- Carroll said she has no interest in talking much more about the situation, saying that she didn’t want it to be used for political purposes;
- “You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand,” Carroll said. “They see us doing things they don’t think I should do.”
And then there’s Clint Eastwood…
- Eastwood was hailed as the “Mystery Guest” at the RNC;
- Apparently the Romney campaign realized shortly after his talk that Eastwood should have been left off the guest list: “‘Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work,’ was the campaign’s response. Aides winced backstage, according to the Associated Press.“
- For their part, the Obama campaign kind of just went went WTF was that?: “‘Referring all questions on this to Salvador Dali,’ Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an email to The Huffington Post.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the passing of Helen Gurly Brown on Aug. 13 and Shulamith Firestone who was found dead in her apartment last Tuesday.Both women made their mark on feminism in one way or another and will be missed.