Melissa Harris Perry:
“As a women whose been married, divorced and now re-married to the love of my life for a year and a half, I would like to say this…
…That cheer was not a question of marriage…
An ex-wife is the easiest thing to boo. A part of these was ‘Gender Politics’
The fact is when we look at the gender divide in the Republican and Democratic party. It’s not that women are so much likely to be Democrats… its that men are much more likely to be Republicans. There is a strong male dominance in the Republican party. And that cheer that you get is in part ‘How dare my ex-wife show up and have anything to say’ Part of what’s going on there is how “I’m going to demonstrate how I am a patriarch.”
Each one of them talk about how they are married and all their grandchildren…part of what they are saying is “I’m a good family man” but also what they are saying is “I am the great father” And don’t you want the “Great Father” of the country?
And the other piece of this is saying “We the guys here? We got this under control. We will be the great fathers”
Here’s the clip in question:
Watch the crowd in the background. You’ll see lots of women clapping and cheering. Yeah, I know, women can be sexists too (except when they do it they are still victims of The Patriarchy).
But this wasn’t about Marianne Gingrich’s right to be heard. She wasn’t at the debate last night. This was tabloid journalism and airing dirty laundry. This was the media playing “gotcha” two days before an election with information that has been around for years.
I spent several years working in family law. It’s like being an employee on the Jerry Springer Show. You get to participate in revealing people’s deepest, darkest secrets. Family court is (usually) the last place the participants in dysfunctional relationships get to fight with each other.
We already knew that Newt Gingrich cheated on Marianne with his current wife. He also cheated on his first wife with Marianne. Her recent statements shed no new light on that aspect of his character.
As for the patriarch thing, is being a good husband and father a bad thing? I’m not saying that Newt was either one, but do we really want to condemn those qualities? Is being a loving spouse and parent inconsistent with feminism and equality?
And let’s not forget how the progressive left distinguished itself on gender issues four years ago.
At least this time Melissa Harris Perry wasn’t calling Newt a racist.