Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 22 Comments
Everyone’s got a “this is not going to end well” situation, a time when you have to steel yourself for the excruciating personal embarrassment and humiliation you know is coming but can’t stop. There are too many examples to name so I’ll just list three.
When you realize that Uncle Boozehound is already half-tanked even though Thanksgiving dinner won’t start for another two hours. Watching me ask a woman out on a date. Every single time James Carroll fires up his word processing software:
That the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy lost to the Republican non-entity Scott Brown is a moment of reckoning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The current discontents do not explain this staggering defeat. Tea-baggers, disgruntled independents, an electorate made weary and confused by the health-care debate, the unemployed pissed-off, anti-establishment nay-sayers—add it all up and you still don’t have the explanation for what happened. The short of it is that the most liberal state in the nation (“Don’t blame me,” we crowed when we alone went for George McGovern in 1972, “I’m from Massachusetts”) practices the politics of misogyny. When it comes to positions of real power, no women need apply. Martha Coakley was croaked by an electorate that could not get past her gender.
And Jim knows a lot about non-entities. But “the most liberal state in the nation practices the politics of misogyny,” Gracie? Jimmy stupidly goes on to list several stupid examples that he thinks illustrate his stupid premise. Here are two.
Evelyn Murphy was lieutenant governor to Michael Dukakis from 1987 to 1991—the first woman to hold statewide office in Massachusetts. As his pioneering secretary of environmental affairs in Dukakis’s first term, she had put concern for the environment on the political map. A brilliant, calm leader (master’sfrom Columbia, Ph.D. from Duke), she stood head and shoulders above other politicians of the time. But when she made her own run for governor in 1990, she hit a wall of condescension. That she was single was held against her, as was her cool demeanor. She failed the “not womanly enough” test. The Democratic nomination went to the eccentric “straight-shooter” (emphasize shooter) John Silber, which led many Democrats to vote for the callow Republican Bill Weld as a lesser evil. Weld won. Evelyn Murphy disappeared (although in 2005, she published Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men, and What to Do About It).
Romney bailed out after one term, leaving as heir apparent his Lt. Governor, Kerry Healey. She was both a patrician beauty from the upscale North Shore (her husband was fabulously wealthy) and the product of a hard-scrabble life as daughter of a schoolteacher and disabled father. Running for governor, she was a tough-as-nails candidate, but the fact that she was a gorgeous blonde was held against her. A lightweight, the wise guys said—despite her Harvard degree, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin. Her opponent in the general election was the exceptional Duval Patrick, riding a first wave of the hope-for-change that would soon bring Barack Obama to power, but there was simply no way Massachusetts was going to elect a woman. Healy lost by 20 points.
I hope all of you caught the fatal flaw in Jim’s “logic.” All the women he cites who were rejected by Massachusetts voters for whatever reason HAD ALREADY BEEN ELECTED TO SOME STATEWIDE OFFICE!!
If Massachusetts is really as “misogynistic” as Jim thinks it is, none of these women would ever have been elected to anything at all. If Jim’s right, Martha Coakley would be a cocktail waitress rather than the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is an elective office last time I checked.
Just stop writing about stuff, dumbass.