There Goes The Last American Dinosaur
It's true, I have Taylor Swift's new "There Goes the Last Great American Dynasty" in my head. But what I am really singing is "Mad Woman". Because I am fuming.
When I first heard that Biden tapped Chris Dodd to be on his VP Search Committee, my first reaction was disbelief.
On account of I would have sworn Chris Dodd was dead. For years now. When you hear Chris Dodd's name your first words tend to be "Didn't he die years ago?"
Well, as it ends up, not so much. Chris Dodd, one of the ugliest men I've ever seen, is still alive and kicking at 76. He's looked 76 for the past 30 years so you'll forgive me for believing he was dead. Now, for some people. the second thing that comes to mind when they hear his name is the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Bill".
Which I don't believe did jack to stop the abuses so widely rampant on Wall Street that they lead to the 2008 collapse of the world economy. Although he retired in 2010 under a cloud of investigations, my favorite stories about Chris Dodd are more #metoo in nature. For instance, his infamous "waitress sandwich" with Ted Kennedy. Which was actually sexual assault against a waitress.
"Dodd was there with Kennedy and their dates, both blonde and young. It was after midnight. The accompanying women left to use the restroom. The waitress was summoned, and that’s when she was allegedly thrown first onto the table by Kennedy -- shattering glass and scattering cutlery – and then onto the lap of Dodd.
Kennedy, five years past a failed presidential bid, jumped “on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair,” according to GQ."
Dodd yelled out "It's a waitress sandwich!"
So our man Joe decided it was fantastic idea to put this guy in charge of vetting women.
How did that turn out? Welp, it turned out that Dodd doesn't like a bitch who steps out of place. And in his old mind, Kamala Harris stepped out of her place when she told Joe Biden that his glorification of old segregationists he used to work with wasn't cool, and neither was his support of busing.
So what did Chris "waitress sandwich" do? Well he ran his fat ass to Politico to slime Kamala Harris. Now watch how the little bitches at Politico set the narrative with their opening paragraph:
"When former Sen. Chris Dodd, a member of Joe Biden’s vice presidential search committee, recently asked Kamala Harris about her ambush on Biden in the first Democratic debate, Dodd was stunned by her response."
I'm sorry, her ambush? Her AMBUSH?? This was a fucking political debate in the middle of a primary. That's not an ambush, it's someone who did their homework and called a competitor on his less-than-stellar background. Men do it all the time.
But Chris "It's a waitress sandwich!" Dodd, knows that there are different rules for the bitches. And a bitch, had "ambushed' his old buddy. So Chris Dodd was gonna slap that bitch down.
“She laughed and said, ‘that’s politics.’ She had no remorse,” Dodd told a longtime Biden supporter and donor, who relayed the exchange to POLITICO on condition of anonymity."'
Get on your knees bitch! Show some remorse!
“Dodd felt it was a gimmick, that it was cheap,” the donor said. The person added that Dodd’s concerns about Harris were so deep that he's helped elevate California Rep. Karen Bass during the vetting process, urging Biden to pick her because “she’s a loyal No. 2. And that’s what Biden really wants.”
Well, I think assaulting waitresses should result in arrests, so we all got our thoughts, don't we Chris?
And I'm sorry, but what Biden wants is a "loyal No. 2"?? He better get a fucking dog.
Biden promised he knew he was transitional. A bridge. He needs to be worried about choosing the next Democratic nominee for President, assuming he wins, his VP should go into 24 strong.
He is choosing the future face of our party, not a pet.
Biden was among my very last choices. I didn't want him. I never liked him, I never liked that Obama chose him in 08 if you want to know the truth. But I was impressed that Obama managed to keep a muzzle on this loud mouth, he did a good job.
But the muzzle is gone. Loud mouth is on the loose again. And he's fucked up the VP process already. If he didn't want Harris, he should have went strong with someone else. Perhaps Susan Rice. That would have been fine. He's entitled to do that. Most dems love Rice. It would have been fine.
But allowing, or perhaps directing, his group of old gropers, to destroy Kamala Harris in the media, that he was not entitled to do.
Later last week, Ed Rendell decided to go to the press and slime Kamala too. While not on the official VP selection committee, Rendell is a big buddy of Biden's. Here's what Ed had to say:
"Kamala rubs some people the wrong way."
I'm sorry, did you think this was a happy ending massage parlor motherfucker? She rubs people the wrong way? Yeah we know, those people are called misogynists.
And of course, you might be thinking, Jesus Christ now Ed Rendell is still alive??
Yep, he is. Ed Rendell and Chris Dodd. Two old dinosaurs whose biographies should be entitled "I Thought He Died Years Ago". Out there gunning for one of the Democratic party's brightest, and YOUNGEST, stars.
I don't know how we began this primary with the most diverse group of candidates in history, and ended up with old white misogynists slapping us around again, but here we are.
Doesn't feel like progress.
I'll let Taylor wrap this up:
"And there's nothing like a mad woman
What a shame she went mad
No one likes a mad woman
You made her like that
And you'll poke that bear 'til her claws come out
And you find something to wrap your noose around
And there's nothing like a mad woman"
I'm so fucking mad. And you made me like that.
UPDATE: Today, when my text messages pinged, and it was Joe Biden with the news, I had to read it twice. He actually kicked Dodd and the other dinosaurs to the curb. Kamala Harris is the VP pick.
My title was actually a prophecy. So yeah, there goes the last American dinosaur. Bye bitch!
KAMALA KAMALA KAMALA!
Let's get this done!
Great analysis, Catherine. In college, I knew one of Ted Kennedy’s employees. She had some stories. I appreciated some of his political stands, but not his assumption of having a right to other people’s bodies.
UK, me too! I am so with you, great thoughts!
It’s the same problem. It’s the same men. You said it in one word…‘dinosaur’.
So here’s the thing, Catherine, forget about waiting for these types to catch up, realize, see the light, whatever. The power already exists, women have to realize that they already HAVE it and act. These less-than-useless gatekkeepers have to be ignored. The dinos can all welter in their own tantrum-y bs but moving forward can’t wait on this being sorted out first, y’know? AS SOON AS Biden is in office, I can’t wait to hold his feet to the fire. And all the rest of them biz-as-usual BS’ers.
It’s like you can explain stuff to people, but some just don’t get it. And what are we going to do? Wait till EVERYBODY gets it?
I don’t know, but I feel that pushback is necessary. If you don’t want to choose her, don’t, but you don’t get to destroy one of our brightest female stars. I don’t know what’s wrong with these men.
I’m so mad now. What is this fucking roller coaster we are on?!
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