CHERCHEZ LA FEMME
literal translation from the French is "look for the woman".
It is used when a man behaves unusually or gets into a quarrel or other
difficulty and the reason for it is sought. 'Look for the woman'
express the idea that behind a problem in question there is a woman.
So naturally, the
pundits and pollsters, who got New Hampshire wrong, blamed women.
First they claimed that women had lied to the pollsters. Then it
was because Hillary was misty eyed during a questioning period with voters.
Sequentially, they built this incident up out of all proportion and presented
it to their audiences as sobbing or collapsing in tears or having a breakdown.
We've heard this
so often before. "It wasn't our fault. Women are to blame."
Well, women and men in NH did vote for Hillary after seeing the whole incident,
both question and Hillary's answer, on their local TV. They saw Hillary
and contrasted what they saw with what
the mean-stream media has been misrepresenting
for months. They voted for a leader not an orator.
Women of NH like
all the rest of us know how terribly women are treated. There are
no forbidden words to use about women. We have seen how this Primary
campaign is just not fair when the woman
is beaten up and "it's just politics", and the men skate with
little or no deep, thorough vetting.
Responding to an
online commenter who said that a lot of women are "getting incredibly
angry about the progressively dismissive way" Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton "gets treated by the [New York Times columnist Maureen]
Dowds and [MSNBC host Chris] Matthews of the world," The Washington
Post's Anne E. Kornblut asserted, "I think there is something
to that" and "certainly Chris Matthews has taken her on quite
aggressively over the last few weeks."
Now the Obama
campaign has begun to intensify a method to keep him immunized from any
criticism at all by putting forth the race card.
It is striking back when there is nothing there to strike at. They
are falsely creating an illusion of racism because there are so many words
that are forbidden to whites when speaking of a black person that most
of us do not know them.
This has been true
in the blogs for some time. Nearly any criticism of Barack is met
with a flurry of angry posts calling the writer a racist because of a word
or a phrase.
Just recently a
woman golf announcer, a friend of Tiger Woods, commented in a conversation
concerning how Tiger could be stopped in his winning ways by his opponents
lynching him. Tiger had no problem with the comment but the woman
was suspended for using ONE forbidden word -- not racially but carelessly.
concerning African Americans is mentioned, apparently there are words that
we non-Black America are not allowed to use. Do you know them all?
Barack campaigner, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is angrily insisting that Hillary
did not cry for Katrina, therefore her tears were a sign of racism.
Candidate Mitt Romney
has already publicly had at least three tearful moments, yet little or
nothing has been made of them. But watch out now if you are a woman
and you have NOT previously cried for Katrina. You are branded as
a racist because despite your fatigue or an emotional situation, you will
be called to account for not controlling you tear-glands.
AG Andrew Cuomo
on Talk 1300, minutes after the governor came on. Cuomo, to be fair, has
been on the radio show a few times, if memory serves me, but his take on
Hillary's win in NH is that that small-state primary with its retail politics
is a good thing. "It's not a TV crazed race. Frankly you can't
buy your way into it," Cuomo said.
"You can't shuck and jive at a press conference,"
he added. "All those moves you can make with the press don't work
when you're in someone's living room." -- Timesunion.com blog
Cuomo was not talking
about Barack or any specific candidate. But he was shelled. Those
are not words white people can use. Only Blacks are allowed to say
certain words, especially the N-word. When whites use them they are
all his speeches, Barack uses a teleprompter; Hillary does not.
You have seen how hesitant and different he is in debates where he does
not have everything written out. So the cry-wolf [racist] ploy
that his campaign has set up will restrict free, spontaneous speech and
cause people to hesitate in choosing words. That will affect their
delivery and they will sound uncertain; and won't that just mean they will
come off badly?
Or is the Barack
campaign just trying to lay off any of its defeats or gaffs onto their
chief rival -- a woman. Cherchez la femme!
2008 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished
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