Robin Lakoff: Even before we have properly unpacked our campaign listening ears, the interpreters and sages are weighing in on Hillary Clinton’s talk, and very little of their assessment concerns what she is saying, and even less is in any way positive.
Robin Lakoff: Between playin the whoopee necessary to produce two children concurrently by two women, and the whoopins, it’s hard to imagine where Mr. Peterson finds time to play football.
Robin Lakoff: There seems to me to be something deeply and frighteningly wrong with a society that pays an investment banker 1,000 times as much as a kindergarten teacher. Or pays a lobbyist 100 times as much.
Robin Lakoff: Right now, Clinton’s candidacy is being assessed in a wholly different way – far from “wonderful,” that augury of a post-gendered world, it is now recast as a terrible idea, and Clinton as a terrible candidate.
Robin Lakoff: The War on Women is not being fought by the Republicans alone. Many Democrats, male and female, are their willing – nay, eager – allies.
Robin Lakoff: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission will do for wealthy individuals what Citizens United did for corporations: allow them to give essentially unlimited amounts of money to political parties and candidates.
Robin Lakoff: Once upon a time, when women, African Americans, and Latinos were unable to vote, it was safe to demean and insult them to beef up the egos of those who could. That time is no more.
Robin Lakoff: Palin is a complex mix of preacherly earnestness and twangy cowgirl. She really cares about what she is saying and those she is addressing – but not in some heavy-handed do-gooder way – rather, like a cheery, natural gal. So she’s a mommy – but also a babe.