What Sound and Fury Signify Today

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They’re still yelling “Denver! Denver!” and the Democratic Rules Committee left an hour ago.

The Clinton crowd was a noisy bunch. And Harold Ickes threw red meat at the raucus partisans as the motion to seat Muchigan at half strength and apportion the delegates was considered:

“This body of 30 individuals has decided that they’re going to substitute their judgment for 600,000 voters,” Mr. Ickes said. “Now that’s what I call democracy,” he added sarcastically.

And he throws down the challenge: “Mrs. Clinton has instructed me to reserve her rights to take this to the credentials committee,” he added.

Never mind that those 600,000 voters had a choice of about as many candidates as the Iraqis had the last time Saddam Hussein was re-elected. Yet somehow, the peevishness and noise struck me as less than spontaneous. Here’s a little poison dart from Hillaryis44, posted this morning:

Today, the Hillary Clinton army will make it clear that there will be no November “unity”, no “healing” without Hillary at the Helm.

And the feeling goes that if there is no unity, there is no President Obama — meaning there is President McCain. Selective feminism, I say. Consider this:

It so happens Kathryn Kolbert posted this on Crooks and Liars yesterday in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear. As she sums up the case and Samuel Alito’s bizarre rationale in writing for the majority:

Lilly Ledbetter faced years of pay discrimination, but she only learned about it late in her career. Thanks to an anonymous tip, she learned she was being paid far less than her men doing the same job. She sued and won back pay. But Goodyear didn’t give up and was finally rewarded by the Supreme Court, which ruled in an opinion by Alito that workers must sue within 180 days of the initial decision by an employer to pay a discriminatory wage – even if they don’t learn of it until later and their pay is still lower as a result. That’s ludicrous.

So sitting out the election in protest of Barack Obama, or even voting for McCain, or whatever else denying the Democrats “unity” might mean, could only mean a tolerance of this. Here’s what I see:

As far as McCain is concerned, teenage girls are fair game to be set up for intimidation.

McCain thinks antidiscrimination laws are fine, except when “trial lawyers” get involved. In other words, the law is good unless someone tries to apply it. Like Lilly Ledbetter. Good thing Alito put in a little catch-22 to keep women away from their day in court!

When McCain is asked later about picking on a 14 year old, the first thing that comes to his mind is her physical appearance. He considers her “very attractive.” She’s 14!

14, John, 14!

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