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Feminists should be offended
September 6, 2008, 10:06 pm
Filed under: Democrats, McCain, Obama, Republicans, Sarah Palin | Tags: , , , ,

Howard Gutman, a left wing hack that works for Obama just did something that any principled feminist should be upset about. He accused Sarah Palin of basically abandoning her family responsibility to run for vice president with John McCain. — This is without regard for the fact that this was Palin’s decision to make, and her making this decision is a credit to feminism. TRUE FEMINISM, that is, which is about choice.

FoxNews reported today:

An original member of Barack Obama’s finance committee said Friday that Sarah Palinis putting her career above her family by accepting the nomination as John McCain’s running mate.

Howard Gutman made the argument on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” telling the radio host that the Alaska governor should focus her energy on her unwed, pregnant teenage daughter.

“If my daughter had just come home at 17 years old and said, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m pregnant, we have a family problem,’ I wouldn’t say, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to take this private family problem … I’m going to go on the international stage and broadcast it to the world’,” he said.

Gutman later added: “If you take a daughter who’s got this emotional strife and subject her to the most intense scrutiny of the world at this time in her life, I think you’veput your career above your family.”

The Obama campaign rejected Gutman’s comments.

“Obviously these comments do not reflect our frequently stated, crystal-clear view that families of the candidates should be off limits, and we hope that supporters on both sides will act accordingly,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in an e-mail, pointing out that Gutman has apologized in a statement to ABC News.

Earlier in the week, Obama said anyone spreading rumors about Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy would be fired.

“I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits,” Obama said. “This shouldn’t be part of our politics.”

It isn’t clear what role Gutman still has in the campaign.

Gutman called the teenage pregnancy a “pressure cooker” for the Palins, and also suggested her son’s Down syndrome should factor in to her decision.

“The proper attack is not that a woman shouldn’t run for vice president with five kids, it’s that a parent, when they have a family in need, a Down’s baby who needs them — a father or mother,” he said.

He said his argument had nothing to do with Palin being a woman.

“This wasn’t a working mother issue, this was a parent issue,” he said.

As for his claim that his criticism was not motivated by Palin being a a women, I call “BULLSHIT!” — I guarantee that if this were a man and not a woman then such a thing would not have been said.  On top of that, I say her family and business life is none of his business. — If Sarah Palin were on the Democratic ticket then such a statement against her would be seen as sexism by the far left feminazis.


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