Monday, August 16, 2010

Emily's List to Target Palin-Endorsed Candidates

From USA Today:

Leaders of Emily's List are holding a press conference in Washington tomorrow to unveil a campaign targeting Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and the candidates she has endorsed.

The group says it wants to counter Palin's appeal to women: "Sarah Palin has predicted a rising tide of mothers and women voters will support her so-called 'Mama Grizzly' candidates," says a just-issued Emily's List press release.

"We call upon women -- and men! -- to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin's reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda."

The results of Palin's endorsements have been mixed. The level of involvement in primary race endorsements Palin has been engaged in is pretty unprecedented. She is in a unique position of having abdicated an executive position so as to get fairly wealthy and to be able to maneuver more independently than an elected official would have been able to do.

Emily's List has been a big player over the years in support of women candidates and in backing progressive issues regarding women's rights. We'll see whether or not taking Palin-endorsed candidates will work for the activist organization. Going up against Palin is bound to bring contributions their way (you can donate here), but wandering into the weirdnesses of dealing with Palin can be vexing, to say the least.

Emily's List usually targets goals earlier on in an election cycle than mid-August. The name Emily's List comes from:

an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast", from the common political saying, "Early money is like yeast, because it helps to raise the dough."

Emily's List may need some fast-rising yeast to keep the faux mama griz from walking away from November feeling like a Sourdough, or maybe not. I'm detecting rising Palin fatigue. Her claim to be the poster girl for the fight against the lower Manhattan Islamic community center begs to be compared to her initial victory in Wasilla, where her campaign claimed her opponent, John Stein was a "secret Jew," and demanded he produce a marriage certificate because he and his wife had different last names. Seldom has an American political figure recently abused references to faith so malevelontly over such a long period of time.


nswfm said...

Malevolent. Hope someone in AK exposes her for the lying fraud she is.

I read this earlier and thought of your former mayor-half-gov:
"To an otherwise successful. sociopath and narcissist, image and impression management is everything. Such individuals assess their own worth through the eyes of others. Without the constant attention and praise that serves as their life's blood, life (in prison or out) is not worth living."

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Phil, for reminding us of Sarah's nasty display during her run for mayor. I remember how disgusted I was when I first read about this during her VP run. I actually feel even more disgusted now that we've gotten to know her better.

I'm sure we will hear how sexist Emily's list is and how the women associated with it are just jealous. That's Sarah's bread and butter after all.

Anonymous said...

I am a woman that lives in Wasilla, Alaska. I am an Independent voter, but I am also a feminist & am staunchly pro-choice. Sarah Palin is a embarrassment to the citizens of Alaska. Her only remaining supporters are on the far, religious right. The heroine in Homer that recently displayed a 30 foot banner declaring Palin, "Worst Governor Ever" was speaking for many of us here. Our real heroes, Jay Hammond, Wally Hickel, & even "Uncle" Ted Stevens were all sacrificed under the bus of Palin's narcissistic craving for fame. I cannot believe that there are still people out there that believe her bull****. And as for ANWR, it is not a wasteland, as both Palins claim. It is the ancestral home to a number of Native Alaskan groups & in the midst of the migrating path of the world's largest caribou herd found on earth. The oil companies have created plenty of messes on our North Slope that are rarely broadcast in the national media (not surprising, Todd Palin worked for BP about 20 years or so). If you really want to learn what true Alaskans believe, I strongly recommend the websites of "The Mudflats" & "Shannyn Moore, Just a Girl from Homer". And please, stop referring to her as governor...she is a quitter & would quickly cave under any real pressure exerted by any other position of true authority.