Marcia Pappas, the head of the NY chapter of NOW, has taken Sen. Kennedy to task over his endorsement of Sen. Obama. But if she really feels the way she says, then why would she want him supporting NOW anyway?
"Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him."Hmm, I was under the impression that Sen. Obama was black? I was also under the assumptin that Sen. Obama wasn't running on race or gender. So you would think she would stop at that, but no, she didn't.
"We are repaid with his abandonment. He's picked the new guy over us. He's joined the list of progressive white men who can't or won't handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton," she added.
Pappas blasted a number of other people and Democratic groups, including national Democratic Chairman Howard Dean, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, and "Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women's money, say they'll do feminist and women's rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America's future or whatever."You would hate to think that Marcia Pappas is saying that women should only support Sen. Clinton. But it does sound like a cheap attempt to guilt women into voting for Sen. Clinton instead of going with those white men.
The official NOW statement is a little less angry.
The National Organization for Women has enormous respect and admiration for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- Mass.). For decades Sen. Kennedy has been a friend of NOW, and a leader and fighter for women's civil and reproductive rights, and his record shows that.The on thing I would say to NOW is, if you haven't been getting what you want from the government, why would you support someone who is part of that problem?
Though the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has proudly endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, we respect Sen. Kennedy's endorsement. We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote.