Manhattan; Brooklyn; Washington
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd says that the momentum behind the women’s movement took a hit during President Bill Clinton’s scandal-plagued years in the White House.
“Feminism sort of died in that period,” Dowd told Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric on Monday. “Because the feminists had to come along with Bill Clinton’s retrogressive behavior with women in order to protect the progressive policies for women that Bill Clinton had as president.”
It’s just a fancy way of the more blunt way that Nina Burleigh put it in 1998 to Howard Kurtz in the WaPo:
I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their Presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.
You know, I was alive in 1998, and for the previous years of the Clinton Presidency. Not only was I alive, I was coherent and well paying attention; Clinton was first inaugurated just a few months before my 16th birthday, and the Burleigh quote was a few months after my 21st. And you know, I don’t remember any acute or any actual threat to legal aborticide during that time period that B.J. swooped down wearing his SuperCigar cape and heroically beat back. I was just as WTF Nina when I first read the story with that quote as I am now.
The only conceivable substantive way that there was a “threat” to legal aborticide was that Bill Clinton appointed Ruth Buzzi Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court early in his administration, and the guess is that if George H.W. Bush had won re-election and been the one filling those seats, that the Federal judicial politics of the aborticide issue would have had a way different history from 1994 to the present. But I doubt it. The other way to explain this is that social issue leftists are a paranoid lot; they think that everyone is out to get them and deprive them of their “rights,” and will latch on to the flimsiest and most ridiculous evidence to justify their mindset.
Put this all together, and what Couric, Dowd and Burleigh mean by “progressive policies for women” means nothing more than a Democrat being President.