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Posted by: Helen Philpot | October 1, 2018

Lindsey Graham Sets His Sights On Becoming First Lady

Margaret, did you know that women currently make up more than half the population in the US, but we are represented by a Congress made up of 80 percent men? Oh, and honey, it gets worse. Among other countries we are ranked 104th in the world when it comes to female representation in government. Five places behind Saudi Arabia! Hell, we’re almost 40 spots behind Iraq… Yes. You heard me: BEHIND IRAQ.

How long before men realize that women are their equals? After last week, we can probably make the argument that we are more than equal. Everyone of those GOP Senators expected an overly emotional, erratic and maybe even hysterical witness… and let me tell you Brett Kavanaugh did not disappoint. If I were Brett, I’d be worried that The Donald might now try to grab his pussy. Christine Ford managed to stay calm and respectful for 4 hours.   Brett couldn’t last 2 minutes before he came undone.  And speaking of undone, Lindsey Graham deserves an award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Donald Trump’s new girlfriend.  Move over Stormy Daniels. Hurricane Graham has arrived.

To be clear, Brett Kavanaugh is indeed innocent until proven guilty.  And it’s not search and destroy like Kavanaugh and Trump want us to believe.  It’s about making sure the truth comes out. Afterall, if there is nothing to find, then it doesn’t matter how hard you search.   When a woman finds the courage to speak about sexual assault, she deserves to be heard. And hearing her means taking the time to fully investigate in hopes of uncovering the truth.  And if that means men need to be a little scared, so be it. We women have been living scared all our lives. If you are worried for your sons, I have one piece of advice for you. Teach them to respect women.  Problem solved.

But I don’t even know why I am wasting my time writing this.  For the love of God, Republicans just elected a man who was videotaped bragging about assault. Are we really surprised they think a calendar showing exercise workouts during the 80’s is proof enough of innocence? If you are a Republican woman, I hope you are paying attention. It doesn’t matter how accomplished, how intelligent or how credible you are. You will be ignored, dismissed and even smeared if you stand between a Republican man and his path to power… regardless of what evidence you have or don’t have.  If it happens in their teens, it’s boys will be boys, and if it happens as adults, it’s just locker room talk.  Evidently Republicans are just fine electing men who sexually harass and assault women.

Honestly, how do Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins sleep at night? It’s been almost thirty years since the Anita Hill testimony, and we women continue to be ignored about sexual harassment, assault and rape at the hands of powerful men. There have been 52 total women in the United States Senate since its establishment in 1789.  And one of those women simply served for one day.  Until 2001, the most common way for a woman to become a US Senator was to be appointed following the death or resignation of a husband or father who previously held the seat.  Today there are 21 female Senators – 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans… well 6 depending on which column you place Lindsey Graham. Quite frankly, he lacks the humanity to be in either. Imagine how differently things could be if there were 50.

The late Governor Ann Richards liked to say, “Life isn’t one thing after another.  It’s the same damn thing over and over again.”  Well, I am tired of fighting this fight over and over again.  This November we have more women than ever running for elected office, and I for one plan to vote for them early and often. I mean it.

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  1. Decent person sounds like an angry person to me …or perhaps someone who doesn’t know Margaret and Helen’s humour!!

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  2. Homophobia is a subset of misogyny.

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  3. Homophobic bullshit does not help you make your points. To me, you sound very similar to the Trump folks, denigration of others, sexuality and gender based slurs of one’s enemies. Graham is a lying gasbag. The authors of this piece employ creepy verbiage of the bullying kind. Needlessly hurtful and bigoted. The authors should aim at Graham and his politics.
    I wonder how Mags and Helen would feel if I ripped into Susan Collins not about policy but about her looks, age, mannerisms, gender and odd way of speaking? Collins made a horrific choice but decent people will criticize that choice and abstain from trading in slurs and stereotypes. The indecent people do otherwise.
    It’s time to stop assuming you know it all and start learning what you don’t know. If not now, when?

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  4. I have to wonder when are women going to start believing other women. When are we going to bring our voices to the front in relation to owning ourselves. I am just so disgusted by this whole mess the ‘conservative patriots’ have gotten us into. As well as a DNC that was not what we needed, either.

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  5. Hi Mageen,

    He does not respect women, never have. It is unfortunate that many women failed to see it and voted for him regardless. Had he displayed other qualities other than being rude to his opponents, maybe that would have overruled this lack of regards for women. But he does not and I just can’t fathom the attraction other than some of us being attracted to fake machismo. Hopefully some of these wormen have woken up and are seeing what I am seeing and will vote this November for worthy candidates.

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  6. Easier and other porch dwellers, would you believe that tRump badmouthed Ford so much because he still gets night sweats over the fact that the Women’s March after the inauguration was bigger than the crowd he drew the day before. Actually I can believe that. Like all bullies he is weak in the knees and would do anything to keep folks from knowing it.

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  7. Made me smile just to see a newly date stamped post! Always appreciate your thoughts and perspective

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  8. Thanks for the post Helen. You have been missed. I know it is hard for people who have not been reading your blog for a long time to not understand your humor. I know for a fact that you have stood in defense of gay rights in several of your blogposts. I am not worried about you all of a sudden turning into an intolerant hater as far as gay rights go.

    It now looks like it is a done deal, we are soon to have a new supreme court judge. How sad for this country that we should get somebody with no character, who can’t own up to youthful mistakes while at the same time owning up to his biases, which make him unsuited for the position he was seeking. Maturity or common sense in adolescence are usually in short supply. Of course there are always exceptions. However, I so wanted judge Kavanaugh to own up to what he did to Dr. Ford and ask for forgiveness. I am sure Dr. Ford would have tended an olive branch. Instead, she got short shafted, right alongside the rest of us, who have to deal with somebody we can’t trust on the bench. I don’t think judge Kavanaugh did himself a great favor. A shadow will always follow him. Does he not realize that? I would not want to live with something like that hanging over me for the rest of my life. But, each to his or her own.

    The GOP has become a very arrogant institution, giving even God almighty the middle finger, if you asked me. Not giving judge Garland a hearing was the height of arrogance and conceited behavior. The party of christians did not see anything wrong with the way Congress acted then. To see the way senator Graham came down on the other side the way he did last week was the height of hypocritical behavior. There was cause for concern and he did not seem to care. How sad is that?

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  9. As for parents preparing a daughter to defend herself before going off to college, try this. Start early such as in elementary school with karate. My daughter and son in law did this with their firstborn, my grand-daughter. By the time she graduated high school she had run through a number of colored belts AND taken up fencing. Thats kind of sword fighting with a weapon called an epee. She had a state ranking with that one. She now goes through her college experience clear eyed and confident and get this – respected.

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  10. If they are so concerned, why don’t the male Democratic Congressmen become transgender women?

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  11. Margaret & Helen: I am very sad about your post about Lindsey Graham — it is beneath you. I am a rabid liberal, with Graham at the top of my list of GOPers I wish I could disappear with my magic wand. BUT your calling him a wannabee First Lady, an actress, etc. — you know what? If he is gay, something only his most intimate friends would know, so what? I am totally against hatred, discrimination, lack of integrity and other things, but if he is gay, I repeat, so what? We possibly could add hypocrisy to his list of sins, or maybe he is scared to come out of that closet/sanctuary. Your article was great enough to stand tall on its own merits: women being victims and not being heard. But slam possible gays with the same ball bat? It’s wrong, and there is enough truth to criticize this man.Don’t stoop to Republican level, please!

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  12. Reblogged this on Foxagandize Me.

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  13. sooze, thank you ever so much for the info!

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  14. […] Read the whole thing here. America's assignment in 33 days, in the immortal words of Mrs. Conan the Barbarian: "Destroy your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the conservative men." Warning: you’ll need earplugs. […]

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  15. I have checked and checked and finallly….yaaaaaa a new blog post. A smile crossed my face before I even read one word. We really need your bright words now more than ever. Thanks and keep writing…I mean it!

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  16. Dee Tillotson: “Just think–before Dr. Ford went off to college, if her parents had taught her how to pack “heat,” got her a concealed weapon’s permit, and signed her up for a NRA card, all of this would have been over in a skinny minute. Dr. Ford would have done herself a favor and us a favor so that we would not have to listen to this Kavanaugh stuff day after day. The old white nationalists people could not have one word to say as most are card-carrying NRA members.”

    First, Dr. Ford was in high school.

    Second, let’s assume that her parents had taught her how to pack heat, got her a concealed weapon’s permit, and signed her up for a (sic) NRA card.

    Please, take us through the 1982 event had she been “packing heat” (I KNOW you love that expression).

    She was wearing a bathing suit under her clothing (probably jeans and a shirt?) and was on her way upstairs to use the bathroom.

    Two males grab her. What next? Please. What does Dr. Ford do? What do Kavanaugh and Judge do?

    Or…does she just pull out her NRA card to intimidate them?

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  17. Barbara J Black: I am so glad you brought up “sexual imbalance in government.”

    You didn’t include any “very well documented facts” in your reply.

    Here are some “documented facts” for you…INCLUDING how each party deals with sexual misconduct.

    Democratic Sex Scandals
    ———————————-
    Tim Mahoney: defeated in re-election bid
    Gary Condit: defeated in re-election bid
    Brock Adams: did not seek re-election
    Austin Murphy: did not seek re-election
    Gary Hart: dropped out of his bid for the presidential nomination
    Bill Clinton: impeached by the House of Representatives
    John Edwards: indicted
    Anthony Weiner: prison sentence
    Chuck Robb: re-elected
    Gerry Studds: re-elected after censure by the House
    Barney Frank: re-elected after reprimand by the House Ethics Committee (Larry Craig attempted to censure and expel Frank)
    Wilbur Mills: re-elected, resigned
    Al Franken: resigned
    John Conyers, Jr.: resigned
    David Wu: resigned
    Eric Massa: resigned
    Wayne Hays: resigned
    Mel Reynolds: resigned after conviction on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice, and solicitation of child pornography

    Republican Sex Scandals
    ———————————-
    Scott DesJarlais: admitted under oath to at least six affairs; pro-life platform, made his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a mistress to have an abortion.
    Clarence Thomas: confirmed to the United States Supreme Court
    Dennis Hastert: convicted, prison; child sex crimes
    Donald Lukens: convicted, resigned, served nine days
    Matthew Pennell : convicted, prison; child sex crimes (Tim Huelskamp’s staff)
    Dan Burton: did not seek re-election
    Larry Craig: did not seek re-election
    Dan Crane: did not seek re-election, censured by the House
    Pete Domenici: did not seek re-election
    David Dreier: did not seek re-election
    Vito Fossella: did not seek re-election
    Vance McAllister: did not seek re-election
    Chip Pickering: did not seek re-election
    Donald Trump: elected president
    Roy Moore: election bid for a Senate seat
    David Vitter: kept his position as Senator as the Republicans didn’t want a Democratic governor to appoint his replacement
    Robert Bauman: lost his re-election bid, charges dropped
    Thomas Evans: lost his re-election bid
    Don Sherwood: lost his re-election bid
    Arlan Strangeland: lost his re-election bid
    Bob Barr: lost to a primary challenger
    John Schmitz: lost to a primary challenger, I guess
    Gus Savage: no action taken by the House Ethics Committee
    Ken Calvert: re-elected
    Helen Chenoweth-Hage: re-elected
    Strom Thurmond: re-elected
    Joe Barton: remains in office
    Pat Meehan: remains in office
    John Ensign: resigned
    Blake Farenthold: resigned
    Mark Foley: resigned
    Trent Franks: resigned
    Newt Gingrich: resigned during Bill Clinton’s impeachment when he admitted to having an affair
    Jon Hinson: resigned
    Chris Lee: resigned
    Robert Livingston: resigned during Bill Clinton’s impeachment when he admitted to having affairs
    Tim Murphy: resigned after it came out that this “pro-life” representative asked his mistress to have an abortion
    Bob Packwood: resigned
    Mark Souder: resigned
    Randall Tobias: resigned
    Herman Cain: suspended his presidential bid
    Ed Schrock: suspended his re-election bid
    Henry Hyde: voted to impeach Bill Clinton while having a “youthful indiscretion” at 41.
    Steven LaTourette: voted to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about an extra-marital affair; after divorcing his wife, he married his mistress in 2003.

    You can find details here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_sex_scandals_in_the_United_States

    Now. Please show us YOUR documented facts.

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  18. Spot on, Helen. No one has said it better. Thank you.

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  19. Amen Sisters!

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  20. […] [I was wondering when Margaret and Helen would weigh in. Helen Philpot does not disappoint.] […]

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  21. Just think–before Dr. Ford went off to college, if her parents had taught her how to pack “heat,” got her a concealed weapon’s permit, and signed her up for a NRA card, all of this would have been over in a skinny minute. Dr. Ford would have done herself a favor and us a favor so that we would not have to listen to this Kavanaugh stuff day after day. The old white nationalists people could not have one word to say as most are card-carrying NRA members.

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  22. Love to see an email from Helen and Margaret in my inbox!

    Almost as happy as seeing a new Twitter thread by Seth Abramson. Seth is an attorney/investigator and reading his threads is like sitting in on a law school class.

    Here, he explains corroboration:

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  23. Oh, how I love you two. I haven’t laughed this hard in too damn long. Write to me again soon, loves. I beg of you. And you better believe I’ll be voting early and often as well.

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  24. Hi, Doug – One thing I always liked about Don Imus was that he was always an “equal-opportunity snarker.” If anyone behaved like an ass, he called them an ass Nobody was too precious or delicate – or “important,” for that matter – to act like an ass, and their behavior so described. Same here.

    (I do love “Princess Sparkle Pony” and “Rapey McRaperson,” I must say…)

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  25. Keith, it’s nice to see you back here – as it is to see so many of us cranky, uppity wimminfolk makin’ noise on The Porch… I hope you take it as the compliment I intend it to be that YOU DO YOUR GENDER PROUD! Always calm, rational, thoughtful, and well-spoken – not like some Yalie frat boys and SC Senators I could mention… That “Bratt” carries on like he thinks he’s about to be denied something he thinks he “deserves.” (And, if some of what we read is true, the “Heritage Society” has been grooming their lad for this, for decades, so no wonder…) Well, stuff happens, doesn’t it? Let’s hope so!

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  26. As an Independent and former Republican voter, we need to get to the bottom of this and not rush into a vote. This is a lifetime appointment and we need to fully vet him, even if he was nominated by the Pope.

    I found Senator Graham to be very disappointing in his faux anger. I was also disappointed in Kavanaugh’s attacking style accusing Democrats and specifically the Clintons. The attacking style is straight out of the accused sexual assailant playbook – deny aggressively. When one name calls and blames others, that is an open invitation to dig deeper. In contrast, I found Ford to be very believable.

    It is now being proven that Kavanaugh was not forthcoming to the Senators. That means he lied recently and not 35 years ago. There is too much damaging information in Mark Judge’s book, which should give us pause. While we are at it, Grassley as chair should have admonished Kavanaugh for his flippant attitude toward Senators. He should have simply said, Judge Kavanaugh, you are the one being questioned, not the Senators, so please answer the questions.

    I realize we all did stupid things in high school and college, but sexual assault, sexual harassment and possibly gang rape are unusual and crimes. We cannot allow a sexual assailant to be on the Supreme Court. We already have an accused sexual harasser on there and the man who nominated Kavanaugh as admitted in at least three interviews, he has sexually assaulted and harassed numerous women – this is before many came forward and accused him.

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  27. I look forward to all your writing. Was happy to see you when I looked this morning. Unfortunately the asshats had to be the ones to get you to write. Please keep telling it like it is. I mean it . Really.

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  28. Thank you!

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  29. […]   From Helen Philpot at Margaret and Helen: […]

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  30. Margaret, you are my shero. I’m 58. Will you adopt me?

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  31. There are exactly two websites reporting the shocking allegation (that Feinstein covered up a donor’s kid’s assault) that Barbara J. Black is repeating: Keepandbear*com and Lifenews*com. Enough said.

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  32. Am I the only one who did not read an implication that Lindsey Graham is gay? What I read was that he’s a pussy. Margaret and Helen were playing with words when they pair the two men; Trump might want to grab Graham, the pussy (a very hetero thing to do, right?).. Merriam Webster defines pussy in this, context, as “a weak or cowardly man or boy.”

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  33. I loved this! I am going to have to look at the other posts. Smart, casual, conversational, current…Great style.

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  34. Love it!

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  35. Anne, These always nail it and they are clever! It’sChucks B’day and his brother is here Visiting and helpingChuck do projects Before the winter sets in…which could be any day🙄 it has been down to the 30’s at night.

    Dale

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  36. […] [A blog post from two women who have been friends for seven decades.] […]

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  37. I heard a man yelling at his children just like that way that Kavannagh did. He said that when he got home his children would be going to the hospital and if they said anything they wouldn’t be coming home. He was telling them to pick up their toys! Those two men sounded exactly the same! No control over their emotions and a feeling of ruling over people. That man does not belong on any court in the US of America. I behaved better than that when I was 3 yrs old.

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  38. Love it – where have you guys been??? You are needed!

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  39. YAY, you’re back! It’s been a long cold … well okay, maybe not cold, but a LONG time since we’ve had the joy of your tart observations. Welcome back!

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  40. Hear, Hear!!! You speak for ALL women! Let’s make sure everyone we know (especially women) gets out to VOTE.

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  41. As far as the teasing of Graham for being gay goes, I subscribe to the standard Princess Sparkle Pony used when teasing Aaron Shock for his over-the-top gayness: He was in a position of power and used it to hurt other LGBT people, so he was fair game.
    Lindsey wants to be AG.
    Trump wants to fire his current AG.
    Lindsey decided that Rapey McRaperson wasn’t the only one with a job interview that day.
    They both need to be run out of government on a rail.

    https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/09/how-we-know-kavanaugh-is-lying

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  42. Displaying a temper like that in a very public forum makes me wonder how Judge K behaves when his kids disobey…or his wife. Such a temper does not spring full blown in an instant.

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  43. Dear Helen, please never stop writing. I miss you when the blog it quiet. I mean it. Really!

    -a nasty woman

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  44. Our deeply felt respect for the courage it took for Dr. Ford to relive the attack o a frightened 15 year old girl, no matter when the crime against her occurred, must be acknowledged
    Every female on this planet, stands with Dr. Ford, humbled in her presents.

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  45. Once again, spot on!!

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  46. I love your wisdom.

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  47. I have to comment on Lindsay Graham’s behavior and being called out for being gay….. well, you know in the south that he probably won’t be re-elected if he comes out of that closet. But, the power he perceives he has, is more important to him than his human authenticity. Most people don’t really care if he’s gay according to most from all over the place that I have been reading…but what they do care about is his treatment of other people. In his dramatic outburst on Thursday (where he essentially outed himself ) his words were detrimental to all women. Get that part, his words were demeaning to ALL women….He denounced the proceedings to be essentially lies and detrimental to Kavanaugh. So, if he wants to live quietly in his little closet, then he needs, at the very least NOT TO DEMEAN WOMEN and the rest of the human race. As women, we expect at the very least to be shown fairness, to be heard and to be treated humanely. Lindsay Grahams words were to the contrary.
    So, the time comes that when a load-of-crap is aimed at us we have to aim right back. We always take the high road, we rarely fight back.If we don’t our rights will continue to be demolished, one by one. The time has come to fire away….. Lindsay has trashed us, so he gets it right back whatever it takes. In past times I would have said to just ignore his prissiness or gayness, …. but you fight with whatever it takes to hopefully stop him and allow women to have the same human rights as men.

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  48. Barbara J. Black has a problem with simple math. “In the last 20 years we have had Democrats as President for 16 of those years. ” Since 1998, the numbers have been an easily-understood 50/50 split: Bill Clinton for the first 2 years, followed by Bush the Lesser for 8, then Obama for 8, and the current Occupant of the Oval Office until now.

    But that’s par for the course for her kind of folks, isn’t it? They think a loss by 3 million votes is a “landslide”.

    I’m not too keen on your characterization of Sen. Graham either. I have zero respect for him, and he’s probably not in the running for a Manly Macho Man award, but still, not okay. You can do better.

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  49. georgehdorothy@bellsouth.net

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  50. I feel like I did in 1969. Same thing over and over again. Maybe somewhat better for jobs but for women the glass ceiling doesn’t really break.

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  51. You both are the best!

    Celeste

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  52. I want you to know I thoroughly enjoy your newsletters! Please change my email address to Lkindred@gmail.com, as this address will no longer be accessible to me. I don’t want to miss your future installments!! Lynn

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  53. Barbara J. Black’s comment demonstrates the usual GOTeabircher use of tu quoque, as though it’s defense instead of a deflection. If it weren’t so commonplace, I’d be laughing.

    Or crying … because Stockholm Syndrome is such an ugly thing to witness.

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  54. I watched the spectacle. Dr. Ford accused Mr. Kavanaugh of assault with perhaps, attempted but unsuccessful rape. One of his defenses is that he was a virgin through high school. Interesting. He could still count himself a virgin since he never managed to complete his alleged act. Not much of a defense.

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  55. What a load of crap! You are blaming Republicans for the sexual imbalance in government. In the last 20 years we have had Democrats as President for 16 of those years. So if there is blame to be placed about how few women are in Congress now, Democrats must share some of that blame.

    Now let”s talk about how Democrats deal with sexual transgression’s perpetrated by Democrats. How about John Kennedy”s multiple sexual pecadillos, then we have Teddy Kennedy and Chappaquidick, and then there is the king of elected sexual miscreants, Bill Clinton. Most recently we have new allegations that Diane Feinstein hushed up the reported sexual assault on a minor by one of her major financial backers.

    Let’s be honest. Democrats stand up for women and pursue reports of sexual misconduct only when it suits their agenda. And God help the man or woman who reports they have been sexually assaulted…if it doesn’t help the current Democrat party agenda it is not pursued or worse yet, the report is hushed up and ignored.

    Your writing may be clever, humorous and mocking but it ignores very well documented facts when it comes to how Democrats deal with sexual misconduct among their ranks.

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  56. We’ve missed you and your truths. So glad to start the day with you.

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  57. Agree with all with the exception of your calling Graham a girl. First, calling him a girl is insulting to we women, second, his sexuality has nothing to do with anything and is demeaning to you and me and him. I love your columns, but do object to this uncalled for slam.

    A Note From Helen – I stand corrected and edited. Humor can be a tricky thing at my age. Old dog and all…

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  59. I love your writing and how you nail it every single time. However, I object to your characterizations of Lindsey Graham. Was he completely unhinged? Yes, absolutely . . . but his sexuality has nothing to do with it. Just as women want to be respected for who they are, LGBT people want and deserve the same respect. Whether he’s gay or not has no impact on the appropriateness of his behavior—it was abhorrent and unacceptable. Coming out is a personal private decision and if he is gay he will come out or not when he wants to. I don’t admire him in the least because he’s a jerk . . . not because he may be gay.

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  60. As always, you’ve slammed the truth out of the park. Thanks for all you do!

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  61. Love your commentaries. Its a wonder how little we know about politics and about specific candidates. It’s as if voting-in minorities and/or women will conclusively make it better. But I would welcome changes in any form. As a senior, I suggest Younger/progressive types as well. Lets find more room for thinkers and changers. Brave hearts.

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  62. Quote: ”Everyone of those GOP Senators expected an overly emotional, erratic and maybe even hysterical witness… and let me tell you Brett Kavanaugh did not disappoint. If I were Brett, I’d be worried that The Donald might now try to grab his pussy.”
    This almost made me spill my coffee 😀

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  63. Forty places behind Iraq?! Sheesh!

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  64. Great piece! Couldn’t agree more. Glad you weighed in. Keep them coming.

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  65. Love these too !! Thanks Suzin !!!!

    Aloft, Duane Tucker

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  66. Spot on!

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  67. That calendar? Any kid who was grounded as often as his indicates ain’t the litttle goody two shoes he is claiming to be. Republicans may be inching toward a less misogynistic view. They seem to have changed from”she is obviously lying” to “she is credible” and even a few admit “she makes a good point.” But until they get past the “but it doesn’t matter” or “but I am not changing my decision”, they have that one final big step to take.

    They had better hope their supporters only have Kavanaugh’s retention span rather than Ford’s.

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  68. The political climate has been depressing lately and I was so delighted to find this in my mail this morning! Have been wondering what you’ve been thinking and as usual, I LOVE your slant……right on!

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  69. It does feel like women have been fighting the same battle over and over again! I hate that!

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  70. I don’t care for innuendo regarding Graham’s sexual orientation … we have plenty to poke fun at with Graham without going there. After all, we’re fighting for less of that, aren’t we?
    We criticize conservatives as hypocrites for wanting government off their backs except when they agree with a certain intrusive law such as DOMA. Let’s look in the mirror.

    A Note From Helen – I stand corrected and edited. Humor can be a tricky thing at my age. Old dog and all…

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  71. Thank you!

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  72. Well, except for the Tennessee senate. The only thing worse than an old white Republican man is a middle-aged white Republican woman. Tennesseans, vote for the old white guy in this case. Phil Bredesen has his priorities straight.

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  73. As an old white man I am thoroughly embarrassed by all those other old white men in positions of power and a lot who aren’t. Crybaby Kavanaugh is just another privileged white frat boy who thinks he deserves the world on a platter. He and his ilk need a big disappointment in their lives and I really hope we can give them one in November because doing what REALLY needs to be done is illegal. I hope every decent human being in the country does the right thing. Kick these fuckers out now!

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  74. Yahooo!!! Right on! As I have said before re: Graham – Run on home, honey! Your paper flowers need watering!

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  75. You go, Helen. I was hoping you would weigh in on this one.

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  76. Thank you.  I love you!

    From: Margaret and Helen To: svwildflower@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, October 1, 2018 5:46 AM Subject: [New post] Lindsey Graham Sets His Sights On Becoming First Lady #yiv9371115271 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9371115271 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9371115271 a.yiv9371115271primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9371115271 a.yiv9371115271primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9371115271 a.yiv9371115271primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9371115271 a.yiv9371115271primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9371115271 WordPress.com | Helen Philpot posted: “Margaret, did you know that women currently make up more than half the population in the US, but we are represented by a Congress made up of 80 percent men? Oh, and honey, it gets worse. Among other countries we are ranked 104th in the world when it comes” | |

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  77. You always hit the nail on the head! You write what I think! Enough of this “good ole boys” network! I see it every where and it’s disgusting and so unfair!

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  78. You are so very right! Only one small quibble: there is no innocent until proven guilty in a job interview. Now, if Maryland decided to prosecute, that would be how they’d have to approach it. But, since BK (Beer King? Brett Kavanaugh) is merely seeking what is essentially a promotion, there is no obligation for us to treat him as innocent until proven guilty. We just have to avoid actually slandering him. Seems he’s done an excellent job of that on his own.

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  79. It’s been too long. So happy to finally hear from you and I couldn’t agree more. I was beginning to worry that Kavanaugh was going to have a complete meltdown while testifying. Judicial temperament, I don’t think so! If we didn’t learn anything else from the hearings we now know that he really likes beer! Dr. Ford on the other hand was a perfect example of grace under pressure. Maybe she should be nominated for the court.

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  80. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  81. I could not love you ladies more if I tried. Rock on!

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  82. Epic!!

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  83. Loved this piece! The headline grabbed me – with an out loud [aloud?] belly laugh! THIS is the defining week, isn’t it? Happy October to you! Peace…

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  84. Rock on! We need to rewrite the Bible … the love of money isn’t the source of all evil … it’s the love of power. Those that got it sure don’t want to let go of it! Thanks for all your words.

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  85. Every column is a gem! Thank you, thank you!

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  86. Brilliantly written and so darn funny and with amazing facts! Thank you!

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  87. Bang-on as always! Love your pieces.

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  88. Thank you as always for your scathing brilliant analysis. Love from NY -Martha

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  89. Right on! How many times do I need to apologize for being male!

    I also liked this article, by, of all people, a cartoonist: https://www.cagle.com/john-l-micek/2018/09/kavanaugh-wasnt-on-trial-he-was-interviewing-to-work-for-us

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  90. You are so right! Thank you so much.

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  91. Thought you might like this…

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  92. Bravo!!!

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  93. Indeed! Reminds me of the truth that if men had babies, birth control and abortion would be easily accessible and free. We are still second-class citizens, here and now in 2018.

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