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I'm in the midst of grading final exams - and packing boxes here and there for my upcoming move, so I don't have a whole lot of time to put together a diary tonight. I thought perhaps we could start compiling a list of facts about John McCain that show just how awful a McCain Presidency would be for women - among other people.

I've read a lot of threats lately during primary arguments from Hillary supporters saying that they won't vote for Obama if he's the nominee. Many of these supporters are women - self-proclaimed Feminists and Democrats. I think they're upset and angry - and rightfully so - as their candidate's chances of winning the nomination have been getting slimmer and slimmer lately. But I'm not concerned that these voters will abandon us in November - because the alternative is SO appalling, I don't see how anyone could not vote for the Democratic nominee - regardless of who that ends up being.

So let's take this opportunity to put together a list - all the reasons John McCain is a bad candidate for women.

I'll start and you guys can add your own reasons in the comments.

  1. John McCain will nominate judges like Alito and Roberts:

In other words - he will nominate judges that will overturn Roe v Wade.

  1. Remember that vote on equal pay? What was John McCain's position on that? He's against it.

In his own words:

  1. McCain called his wife a cunt.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, 'You're getting a little thin up there.' McCain's face reddened, and he responded, 'At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.' McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Oh - but he didn't mean it! It was a LONG day!! He was just saying whatever came to mind first...no big deal!

McCain's response - when asked if he had done so?

McCain: Now, now. You don't want to... Um, you know that's the great thing about town hall meetings, sir, but we really don't, there's people here who don't respect that kind of language. So I'll move on to the next questioner in the back.

Watch it for yourselves:

See- people don't respect that kind of language! So McCain can call his wife a cunt, but we're not allowed to ask him if he called her a cunt.

Personally, I'd love nothing more than to see McCain asked this question at every single town hall from now until he loses in November.

To sum up what we have so far:

  1. Women don't deserve the right to their own medical choices - and he'll appoint judges to make sure we don't get that right ever again.
  1. Women don't deserve equal pay - and they sure as heck don't deserve the right to sue for equal pay.
  1. Cindy McCain is a cunt - AND a trollop. His first wife? Well - he cheated on her and left her. And what ever happened to Vicki Iseman? Well, McCain just doesn't seem to want to respond to questions about his relationships with women...I wonder why.

Other facts about McCain and his feelings on women? Please add them in the comments.

Originally posted to Elise on Wed May 07, 2008 at 07:26 PM PDT.

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