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What can I say? A fence-sitter gets hassled from everywhere.

Mom – consider yourself warned. The folks in that thread are extremely nasty to me in their posts. Needless to say, not a single one has e-mailed me to say anything about their upsetment.

From the

-they aren’t sure if I’m a woman

-they are sure that I’m an Obama supporter

-they want to take me over their shoulders and burp me

-they think I’m “…someone just out of college with a marketing degree has been up late plotting strategies to win Clinton supporters over.”

-well, here, they should know other people think the same: My writing is a “rediculous piece of drivel. If they really believe that then they are seriously deluded.”

Yup. I’m lovin’ me some fence.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:27 pm May 23rd, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Foreign Affairs, Gender, Hillary Clinton, Politics, WH2008, Women | 19 Comments 

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This New York Times Magazine interview with Barack Obama’s half-sister was published on 1/20/08.  I don’t like the way Deborah Soloman has been editing and asking questions lately, and this was one of the first ones that made me uncomfortable and feel that she was editing in a slanted way.  So here are the few questions that I liked the best (though the entire piece is still worth reading).

Q: Let’s talk about the Democratic presidential caucuses taking place on Feb. 19, in Hawaii , where

Barack Obama was born. Will you be campaigning for your brother? Yes, of course. I have taken time off from my various teaching jobs in Honolulu and just got back from two months of campaigning. I have a bumper sticker on my car that says: “1-20-09. End of an Error.”

What kind of bumper sticker is that? It doesn’t even mention a candidate by name. That’s just one bumper sticker. I have three others on my car, including one that says, “Women for Obama.”



Barack’s father was Kenyan, and yours was Indonesian. Your mom was what used to be called a freethinker, a white anthropologist from Wichita, Kan., who moved to Jakarta after her second marriage. My mother was a courageous woman. And she had such tremendous love for life. She loved the natural world. She would wake us up in the middle of the night to go look at the moon. When I was a teenager, this was a source of great frustration because I wanted to sleep.



You were ahead of the multicultural curve. That’s one of the things our mother taught us. It can all belong to you. If you have sufficient love and respect for a part of the world, it can be a meaningful part of who you are, even if it wasn’t delivered at birth.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:20 pm May 23rd, 2008 in Barack Obama | Comments Off 

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Excerpt from the 5/11/08 New York Times Magazine interview of Jay Roach, by Deborah Solomon:

Q: As the director of “Meet the Parents” and other hit comedies, you adopt a surprisingly sober tone in your coming film, “Recount,” which takes us back to the 36 days in the autumn of 2000 when the results of the presidential election remained disputed in Florida. Have you shown the film to Al Gore? He has not seen the film as far as I know.

It stars Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain, the lawyer for the Democrats. Has Klain seen the film? He likes it. It’s kind of painful for the real people to relive it. It’s painful for everybody to relive. Particularly the Democrats who are involved in it. They always say, “Can’t you change the ending?” That’s always the joke.

I thought the film was very fair, except, perhaps, that the actors who play the Democratic operatives are more physically appealing than the Republican operatives. That’s interesting. I think Tom Wilkinson, who plays James Baker, is a very handsome man.

He’s kind of beefy, though. Laura Dern, who plays another key Republican, Katherine Harris, is smothered in pancake makeup. People get nervous when they’re thrust into the public eye. There was a rumor that someone told Harris that when you’re on TV, your makeup washes out so don’t be shy with those eyelashes and with that lip color.

A movie review from NPR today.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 5:19 pm May 23rd, 2008 in Culture, Democrats, Government, Media, Politics, Republicans, Voting | Comments Off 

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From the Women’s Media Center.

You can visit that link and sign a petition. Read this statement about the issue as well.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:24 pm May 23rd, 2008 in Gender, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics, Women | 2 Comments 

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Wow – I love this graphic from Ohio Daily Blog (read all about it there).  My only question is: Where are the Obama/Strickland and Obama/Clinton matchups with McCain and some of his possible running mates?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:03 pm May 23rd, 2008 in Politics | 5 Comments 

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Types like she laughs: I never thought about it this way before, but John Ettorre just left a very interesting and unique (because I’d yet to see the argument made nor had it ever occurred to me before now) comment on this thread with Ellen Bravo’s ten reasons why women should vote for Obama if he is the candidate.

Writes John:

And reason #11: he’s a metrosexual, with all the effeminate qualities that entails. They’re off-putting to many males (me included), and I predict it will be among the leading reasons for sinking his chances in the general election. [emphasis added]

This kind of idea is very far afield to me because I really don’t view people in those terms, or at least, I don’t think about metrosexuals at all.

I can’t remember seeing a microtargeting category of metrosexuals but here’s what you can find on Google if you put in “metrosexual Obama.” Results in the “news” search are here. I don’t have time to go through many of them, so let me just link to a couple:

This letter to the editor, in Maine, goes right to the military comparison and is not complimentary to Obama.

But this article in U.S. News & World Report takes the position that Obama is more of a woman than Clinton and that that implies that women will not lose if Obama is the nominee (fun note: that article was written on 2/13/08 and says that the race was Obama’s to lose, then).

This just gets too wrapped up in genderizing the qualities that go with being a leader and again, being short on time, I’ll leave the comments as a place for people to explore whether we are evolved enough to realize that we should be selecting our leaders based on those qualities, and not by saying things like “he’s more a woman than Clinton” or “McCain is more of a manly man.” What is that supposed to do for us? Some people identify women’s qualities as not being ones akin to leadership, others go the opposite direction. And manly men in the way people refer to someone like McCain totally turn me off. Feh.

Anyway – manly men or metrosexuals? What do people think?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:21 am May 23rd, 2008 in Barack Obama, Gender, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Media, Politics, Voting, Women | 79 Comments 

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But let’s not focus on the legislators who weren’t there (see this chart). How about cheers for the ones who have never missed a vote:*

*Love it – the two Senators from Maine. Both women. Both Republicans. Good for them, and good for their constituents. Don’t they have campaign finance caps there? Sliding doors – I thought I was going to be a schoolteacher in Maine when I graduate college. And here I am in Ohio, blogging.

What we don’t see: how does this record compare to Senators who got comparably far into the presidential nomination process? Is it standard to miss between 30-60%? I don’t know.

Hattip to Working with Words.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:48 am May 23rd, 2008 in Barack Obama, Congress, Government, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John McCain, Politics, Republicans, Voting | Comments Off