When I first heard about the #BanBossy movement, a movement that is backed by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and The Girl Scouts, I was incredulous.
First progressives emasculate America’s men; now, they are emasculating its women!
Professor Jacobson was right to be concerned about the tendency of “low information voters” to respond to victimization campaigns, and that this approach might be poll-testing well in studies done by Democratic operatives. And it seems to be an obvious effort to hamstring Republican challenges to Hillary’s actions as Senator and Secretary of State, which are justifiable points of discussion during a campaign in 2016.
As I Democrat, I wanted to remind Legal Insurrection fans of the Democratic primaries of 2008. I assert that part of the reason we are in the midst of the most inept presidency in the entire history of the country (about 400 years, according to Sheila Jackson Lee) is that Hillary wasn’t “bossy” enough.
My first stint with citizen activism wasn’t with the Tea Party. It was with PUMA. There are several variations on that acronym, the most tasteful being: People United Means Action.
PUMAs are the disenfranchised Democrats who refused to follow the direction of the Democratic National Committee in their selection of Barack Obama as the illegitimate nominee for president. Obama supporters point out that he got more delegates. So do the dictators, aka Howard Dean}, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. A few facts should be considered, though. 1–Obama outspent Sen. Hillary Clinton by a ratio of 4:1 from March-June 2008. 2–Clinton garnered more than 600,000 more votes than Obama during that period. 3–Clinton won more votes in both Texas and Nevada, yet Obama was given more delegates. 4–During the March-June period, the so-called Democratic leadership continued to call for Clinton to drop out of the race, for the sake of “party unity.” Clinton still got more votes. 5–Clinton earned more votes than any other candidate seeking nomination for the presidency in American history. 6–Despite the overwhelming support for Clinton, party “leaders” selected Obama.
I followed the convention from a distance, on PUMA boards where posts of convention-goers were visible. Hillary supporters were called “whores” and “bitches”. They were harassed in the elevators. Delegates were refused seating. In fact, here is a video reminder, when they were going to negate the votes of 600,000 Michigan voters in the push to select Obama.
It’s been a long time, but I remember vividly a video showing a grandmother who was a longtime Democrat activist weeping because Hillary supporters were being railroaded at every turn. She couldn’t believe that, as a feminist, all her efforts at being respected were as nothing to the Democratic leadership.
Because Hillary Clinton failed to fight, Obama was allowed to use arcane rules, caucus-loading, and super-delegates to win the nomination.
Many wish she would have tapped her inner #Bossy then. And, of course, a bit of #Bossy would have been great in Benghazi — but, I digress.
Subsequently, PUMA Democrats changed party registration. Many, like myself, organized into “Democrats for McCain” efforts. That, my friends, is how I became a Palin Democrat.
So, the #BanBossy effort is ludicrous on many levels…including the fact that Hillary isn’t when it’s needed most.
In her recent column in The Washington Post, Tammy Bruce touches on why we need to #BeBossy:
I don’t suppose Ms. Sandberg and Ms. Chavez get the irony of how being bossy as girls (and the jealousy they encountered) was very probably the trait that informed their drive to achieve more in life than even they could have imagined.
Amazingly, conservatives (young and old alike) manage to thrive despite being called all sorts of names by liberals, including racist, sexist, homophobic, racist, mean, racist, Nazis, Brownshirts, terrorists, dumb, dumber, and, oh yeah, racist.
Another “bossy” woman, Teri O’Brien of the self-named Red State Radio show and “America’s Conservative Warrior Princess” and I also discuss this subject on Canto Talk this week!
Two final points:
1) If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008, she might not have been a raging presidential success — but it is hard to imagine her administration being as awful as our current one.
2) Legal Insurrection Editor Mandy Nagy will #BeBossy with me on Canto Talk this upcoming Thursday (March 20).
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