Marcia Pappas, the New York state NOW president, responded to Teddy's endorsement of Obama this way:
"This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women's rights, women's voices, women's equality, women's authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who 'know what's best for us,'" - Marcia Pappas, president of New York State's chapter of NOW.
Earlier in the month, she called Obama and Edwards attacking Hillary in a debate as a "Psychological Gang Bang."
I heard yesterday that Teddy felt compelled to endorse Obama, or at least go about it the way he did, after the Hillary campaign turned nasty, and especially after Bill got involved the way he did, and especially after he urged Bill to cool it. I don't think it is unfair to have your spouse campaign for you, even if your spouse is a former president. But who uses their spouse as a hatchet man? If Bill were out there making appearances and sticking to a positive message, and deferring to his candidate, that would be ok. But having your husband go out there to attack your opponents for you, defending your honor in some twisted form of chivalry -- isn't this actually anti-feminist?
In fact, isn't it anti-feminist to run on your husband's experience? When Hillary talks about her decades of experience, she's really talking about her time as first lady of the country and the state of Arkansas, as well as her seven years in the Senate. What kind of feminism stands on your husband's shoulders as if you are standing for yourself?
Sure, down on the farm, the wife can run the farm as well as the husband. And if Tom Brady's ankle is still acting up this Sunday, I'm sure Gisele Bundchen can step right in there and lead the Pats. In fairness, Hillary's experience is probably somewhere in between. But her experience gained from the opportunity to botch health care reform in early 1990s is an opportunity she gained because she was married to the president, and more to the point, health care is in worse shape now than it was before her efforts.