LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2011 — A worthless organization designed to elect political leftists is convening a conference in Tampa, Florida. Hopefully Tampa will be given a good scrubbing so that it is non-toxic in time for the 2012 Republican Convention.
From June 24-26, the National Organization for Women infested a nice part of Florida. Some delegates may be trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but most are there for their annual conference, where they cry on each other’s oversized shoulder pads and insist that they are relevant.
One look at the lineup of speakers should relegate NOW’s relevance claim to the ash heap of history, along with New Coke and taco-flavored lip gloss (one of my brilliant but failed ideas). Here are their conference profiles, edited only for length:
1.) Marleine Bastien is founder and executive director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM, Haitian Women of Miami) … appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show to lend her expertise to a discussion of the devastating effect that prolonged detention at Guantánamo had on Haitian children.
Analysis: Let the terrorists loose in Tampa during the NOW Convention and see how the attendees like it.
2.) Sam Bennett - In November 2008, Bennett ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 15th district. Though ultimately losing her race to incumbent Charles Dent, she obtained more votes than any other Democratic candidate in the district’s history. In 2004, she took the position of Lehigh Valley Regional Field Director for America Coming Together (ACT), a non-partisan voter registration group.
Analysis: America Coming Together calls itself non-partisan despite being a left-wing George Soros project. Many votes means nothing. The woman ran and lost.
3.) Melanie Campbell is the president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Progressive Women’s Voices at the Women’s Media Center.
Analysis: There is no word on whether she considers Clarence Thomas or Condoleeza Rice to be black or female.
4.) During her 27 years as a Tampa Police officer, Chief Jane Castor … was named Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.
Analysis: This woman has held a real job. That makes one.
5.) Kate Dillon is known in the fashion industry as a groundbreaker and passionate advocate for humanitarian and environmental causes. Her experiences as a mother and wife further solidify her respect for women all over the world.
Analysis: Sarah Palin is a wife and mother who loves the environment. No word on how Ms. Dillon feels about Governor Palin.
6.) Lois Frankel is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in one of the most important congressional races in 2012 - Florida’s 22nd District. Her opponent, incumbent freshman Allen West, is a Tea Party favorite who has voted to destroy Medicare and let oil companies keep their deficit-busting tax loopholes.
Analysis: I wonder if Melanie Campbell believes that black civic participation means supporting Colonel Allen West. I am not sure what big oil and Medicare have to do with any gender issues.
7.) Latanya Mapp Frett is vice president for Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s International Division …
Analysis: By ensuring as many abortions as possible as quickly as possible, she is the raison d’etre for NOW to exist.
8.) NAACP Legal and Education Fund … She is a founder of the Women’s Equity Action League and Federally Employed Women, a charter member of Veteran Feminists of America, and was one of the longest-serving members of the Board of Trustees of the National Woman’s Party.
Analysis: Jack of all trades, master of few that matter.
9.) Gabi Gregg - After graduating college in 2008, Detroit native Gabi Gregg created the blog “Young Fat & Fabulous.” In the post “Every Body is a Bikini Body,” Gregg declared: “Newsflash: you don’t have to lose weight to look good in a swimsuit. I hate the message that only certain bodies are allowed to wear bikinis or be on a beach.”
Analysis: Ask her how she feels about 300 pound NFL linebackers showing up after practice at the NOW convention wearing thongs. Not everybody is a bikini body. Nobody wants to see my dad’s chest scar from open heart surgery.
10.) Nancy Hogshead-Makar is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education - including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy and legal enforcement under Title IX. In 2009, she brought a successful legal challenge against the Florida High School Athletic Association, whose cuts to competitive seasons discriminated against female athletes.
Analysis: Colleges are canceling their football programs to avoid lawsuits from the women’s bowling teams and every other group with any popular support. The free market works. The Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach is a Republican. She won on the basketball court without crying to the real courts.
11.) Patricia Ireland - Today Ireland continues fighting for social justice, in her professional work - as a labor attorney in Miami, she represents unions and their members - and in her volunteer activism.
Analysis: She gets paid to call Governor Rick Scott the devil while exploiting the proletariat. How liberal.
12.) Dr. Nancy Klimas—A Professor of Medicine, Psychology, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Klimas has worked on behalf of women and women’s health care for more than a quarter of a century.
Analysis: She has a real job. That makes two.
13.) Celinda Lake is a prominent pollster and political strategist for Democrats and progressives.
Analysis: Useless but harmless.
14.) Katie Makkai - In addition to poetry, Makkai also writes humorous short stories about her experiences as a woman navigating the social and political terrain of civil service. Makkai asserts that no competition or professional work compares with helping to teach poetry to juvenile criminal offenders through “Art from Ashes” from 2000-2004.
Analysis: Are you (redacted) kidding me? Really? I mean, really? Wow. The long historical track record of converting rapists to nice boys through poetry is well known. Just kidding. Oh, and really? I could not make up this woman’s biography if I tried.
15.) Sara Manzano-Díaz - From 1995 to 2002, Manzano-Díaz worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development as deputy general counsel for Civil Rights and Litigation.
Analysis: HUD is a disaster only a civil rights lawyer and Barney Frank could love. Perhaps she could sue George W. Bush for the housing collapse despite black home ownership peaking on his watch in 2007.
16.) Sheila Overton, M.D., a board certified OB/GYN, co-founded a teen pregnancy and STD prevention program in Los Angeles in 1997 and served as its chairperson for over a decade. A graduate of UCLA Medical School, Dr. Overton received The Los Angeles Commendation for Excellence in Women’s Health in Los Angeles County in 2000.
Analysis: She has a real job. That makes three.
17.) Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a social change strategy firm based in Washington, D.C. Rockeymoore previously served as vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League, and chief of staff to Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), among other positions.
Analysis: She worked for Charles Rangel. Maybe she taught minorities that taxes were only for oppressive white men to pay. Then again, Timothy Geithner never paid his. I wonder if she knows that tax cheats hurt her constituents.
18.) Pat Schroeder decided to run for Congress from Denver, Colo., in 197 2… In 1984 and 1988, she co-chaired Gary Hart’s campaigns for president. When Hart left the race in 1988, Schroeder explored running herself and discovered the country wasn’t yet ready for a woman president.
Analysis: Whenever a liberal fails, they claim victimhood and blame the glass ceiling. Perhaps she was just a lousy candidate, which says a lot for Democrats in 1988. No word on how she feels about Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin.
19.) Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam’s House Blend, honored as “Best LGBT Blog” in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards. The Blend - which ranks in the top 50 progressive political blogs - was launched in July 2004 as a personal response to the anti-gay state of the political landscape.
Analysis: Now that gay marriage is gaining acceptance in many circles, can she shut up (complaining) and shut down (the blog)? If she wants to see real bigotry, try being a Jewish Republican.
20.) Eleanor Smeal - Founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation … Smeal has pushed to make Social Security and pensions more equitable for women, and to realign federal priorities by developing a feminist budget. Smeal and FMF were the first to draw world attention to the Taliban’s brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan.
Analysis: A feminist budget? Again, really? Assuming she really does care about women in Afghanistan, did she ever praise George W. Bush for liberating them? Will she criticize Barack Obama for all but ensuring that the Taliban returns to use their women as Pinatas?
21.) Olga Vives - An outspoken leader in the feminist movement for decades, Olga Vives served as NOW’s executive vice president from 2005-2009 and action vice president from 2001-2005. During her tenure at the National NOW Action Center, Vives took the lead on major events and issues, such as the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, naming Wal-Mart a Merchant of Shame, advocating for equal marriage and promoting justice for immigrant women. Vives worked on campaigns to elect women’s rights supporters to all levels of government, including the campaign that elected Carol Moseley-Braun as the first African-American woman in the Senate. She also participated in efforts to block the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Vives is a coalition builder.
Analysis: She is a coalition builder who hates Clarence Thomas and thinks Walmart is the enemy. I wonder if she knows that Mosely-Braun set back her race and gender by getting caught up in a corruption scandal so bad that a conservative white male Republican won the next election in liberal Illinois.
So for those keeping score, three out of the 21 women have held real jobs, which is almost 15%. Even Gloria Allred looks relevant and successful next to these women.
A real conference for women would include women with actual accomplishments that matter.
Sarah Palin ran an entire state successfully. Nikki Haley is doing so now. Michele Bachmann took in 23 foster children while running a business as a tax attorney. This was before entering Congress and becoming a serious presidential contender.
Dr. Condoleeza Rice is a former Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, Provost at Stanford, and accomplished classical pianist (in addition to loving the NFL, which the NOW may wish to pretend to learn about).
Phyllis Schlafly has enacted real change as the head of the Eagle Forum.
Tanya Metaksa was a top executive with the National Rifle Association (which more than any other organization has stopped rapists in their tracks).
Margot Dorfman is the CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Before that she held real jobs.
Pat Summitt is one of the most successful coaches in any sport in history.
Jeanine Pirro is a tough New York prosecutor who stands up for the rights of women against male predators.
Including any or, better yet, all of these women would give the NOW some real credibility. The NOW won’t, which is why they don’t. This is why their conference is just more sniveling, crying, left-wing activism and crusading about the “unfair” aspects of life.
It is totally sensible to have enormous respect for real women while having utter contempt for the NOW. Their convention is in the books, filed under an “asterisk.” Their members deserve no better.
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