Thursday, March 27, 2008

It Is What It is
America doesn't want to choose. That's been clear by the inability of either Democratic candidate in this year's primaries to scooch ahead. But the annoyance that the media has shown toward Hillary (why doesn't she step aside already) doesn't gel with the feelings of the country. If the country felt that way, they would vote straight Obama and not split the vote, the delegates and status of frontrunner. This may happen next month, but until then, why should Hillary back down? The truth is, Obama fought just as hard to make sure that Florida and Michigan wouldn't count, because it wouldn't help him. As Gail Collins points out in her column in today's New York Times:

But the idea that Clinton would quit at this juncture goes contrary to every single thing we have learned about her over the past 17 years. She may irritate people. She may lose the health care initiative. She may even imagine that she was under fire in Bosnia when in fact she was standing on the tarmac accepting flowers from a little blonde girl. But she never gives up.

The one unassailable fact about Hillary Clinton is not that she’d make the best decision when the phone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House. It’s that if the phone rang at the same time that her polls were at 12 percent and her attorney general was under indictment and the economy was in the tank and California had just broken off and fallen into the sea, she would still pick up the receiver.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gloria Steinem Is 74.
She looks way younger but as she would say, this is what 74 looks like. She is vital, vibrant and still has a lot to say about women and feminism. In her honor (her birthday was March 25) you can read or listen to her NPR essay This I Believe.

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's not just for kids.
Gardasil, that is. Or should be opened up for women, not just girls. It's the vaccine that guards against HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer. And in one of those rare times when big phrma and good health policy align, the FDA is fast-tracking approval to get this vaccine out to you and me.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

High-Class Call Girl Story a Low Blow
Exactly what news use did it serve to write a profile on the high-priced call girl/aspiring singer/Facebook user selected by disgraced ex-Gov. Spitzer?

Just because the governor oggled does not mean you have to, too, New York Times. Really. Great that you broke the story and brought down a governor. Not so great that you're unearthing everyone to be hurt in this scandal. You're just showing off, and it's getting ugly.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ho No He Didn't
In the on-going saga of ways democrats can mess up a perfectly good thing, exhibit A is Eliot Spitzer. You know things are bad when you haven't resigned yet and the New York Times is running a story on your career like you've died. And in a way, he has. Well, he's dead to me, anyway. You can read the TMI details if you can stomach them here -- from his perfect LSAT scores to his wiretapping phone calls with the escort service. You know, I never get tired of saying it: we really do need more women in office.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Things Are Looking Up
Reading poll numbers has never felt more like reading tea leaves. If we've learned anything over this never-ending election cycle, it's that we know nothing. Or at least pollsters know nothing. Still, given that the Dems are now fighting amongst themselves while Republicans have aligned and McCain appears to be on vacation until, well, probably August, it's still good to see the polls are looking good for Dems. But, of course, the Dems have probably figured out how to blow it: fight it out till August. O well.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Clinton's Got Her Base Back
The polls had me believing that this Not As Super Tuesday would be tight, but it was kind of a blowout in Ohio. So one thing I was wondering: the media made it seem like everyone except grannies over 80 had gone over the moon for Obama. So when I started seeing the numbers coming in for Clinton, my first question was: who voted for her? This quick break-down on the MoJo blog shows Hillary's campaign has got some serious legs. And her gams aren't bad, either.

Monday, March 03, 2008

B-Side Undressed
The new B-Side episode is up. Check out my story on the myth of the bra burners that has taken on its own shape, if you will. I will. Go listen. There are cool stories about your first suit, and a behind the scenes look at what goes on a one of those cool T-shirt companies.
And Now, a Message from the Washington Post

Beware anyone who starts out their sentences with "the problem with women is. . ."
The Washington Post this weekend had no problem giving a hell of a lot of space to an idiotic column on women as the weaker sex. Her reasoning: (some) women screaming and fainting at Obama events, Oprah and Celine Dion. Come again? Seriously, if you are in the mood to get riled up, take a read, then send a note to the Washington Post for publishing such pap.