The PUMA movement is regathering, regrouping and re-purposing. Our first goal, to put Hillary’s name in nomination at the Convention, was successful. Our second goal, to prevent Barack Obama’s corruption of the election process and cynical use of misogyny and race-bating from being rewarded at the ballot box, and to break that highest, hardest glass ceiling for women, was not. However, as turnout numbers show, there were not enough PUMAs to swing the election when the Republicans themselves did not vote for their own nominee. But you may be encouraged to know that, according to exit polls, 16% of McCain’s supporters would have voted for Hillary had she been the Democratic nominee instead of Barack Obama. Since McCain received more than 58 million votes, that’s more than 9 million potential PUMAs. 26% of them self-identified as Democrats, which is about 2.5 million Party members that would not vote for their Party’s nominee.
But what to do now? The election is over, and we all still have the same concerns about Barack Obama (who is he and what will he do as President?); the direction the country will now take (will there be a New New Deal or not?); the fairness and transparency of our election processes, both primary and general; the utter and complete failure of the Fourth Estate to present anything resembling the truth about any of the candidates; and the rampant, unrepentant misogyny (and since Prop 8 passed, the homophobia) that has been revealed to exist in American society.
How do we act on those concerns, and where do we start?
The first step is to stand up and be counted. If you are a PUMAtic blogger and want to be part of the PUMASphere, email email@example.com to be added to the blogroll at VotePUMA.com. If you are a commenter and don’t see your favorite blog on the list, you can ask the editors to include it.
The second step is to decide where to focus your energies. I think it’s pretty clear that my primary concern is the 30% Solution and modern feminism, so that is where my activism will take me. I personally have a couple of things in the works, including a radio show and working on ways to ratify the ERA, and I am always ready to lend my support to The New Agenda and its non-partisan activities on behalf of advancing women in politics.
And speaking of standing up for women in politics, here are two things you can join me in doing today:
- Let’s make sure that the editors who published the article I referenced in my last post, the one where the “grammarian” threatened Sarah Palin with a forced hysterectomy, understand how wrong it was to allow such hateful misogyny to become part of an online newspaper. Write the editors and tell them you strongly object to the violent imagery and the name-calling in the article, and ask that the writer, Jeffrey Barg, be fired.
Adamma Ince, editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Spikol, executive edtor:email@example.com
215.563.7400 * Fax 215.563.0620
Newt Gingrich, who suddenly believes he is the King of the GOP again, is now putting himself forward as the Presidential frontrunner in 2012. Not only that, but he is trying to shut Sarah Palin (and any other woman) out of the running for the top spot. His top three, more acceptable names are, coincidentally, all men.
Let’s tell Newt that we’re not impressed with his attempt to turn the GOP into an all-boys club.
Contact Newt Gingrich
Spokesperson and Press Secretary
And you? What concerns you the most? What would you like to see PUMA become?
Cross-posted at Partizane