***UPDATE 11PM EASTERN**Â Â SC Dem Chair apologizes, US Rep. Spratt slams his State Party Chair.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler, facing criticism for her remark to Politico’s Alex Burns about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, issues an apology:
“I personally admire and respect the difficult choices that women make everyday, and I apologize to anyone who finds my comment offensive. I clumsily was making a point about people in South Carolina who may vote based on a single issue. Whether it’s the environment, the economy, the war or a woman’s right to choose, there are people who will cast their vote based on a single issue. That was the only point I was attempting to make.”
Also tonight, Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) put out a statement to say: “I cannot believe that Carol Fowler made such a statement, and I want to make it clear that she speaks for herself, and not for me or the Democratic Party.”
More Spratt: “Her statement about Governor Palin is outrageous and wrong, because Sarah Palin’s qualifications are quite evident.”
[GP Ed. Note:Â Could the Obama Democrats’ mental breakdownÂ be more evident to even the most comatose person at this point?]
In a continuing pattern on the Democratic side of demeaning women during this Presidential campaign, the Obama surrogates went into full meltdown today with this doozy:
South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.â€
In response to this shameless and vile personal attack, the McCain campaign held a conference call at 4:45PM Eastern today with US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).Â I was one of the bloggers invited to the call and was happy to listen-in.
My notes from the call are in my car while a torrential thunderstorm has struck my neighborhood.Â So I’ll add specific comments and quotes in a bit.
Quotes from the conference call are below the main post (Click on the “more” link)…
Obama himself has a serious pattern of anti-female comments throughout his campaign.Â Â He called a female reporter “sweetie”; he said Hillary would throw the “kitchen sink” against him; and just yesterday he likened Governor Palin to a pig with lipstick, rather than a pitbull with lipstick (her original joke).
What IS Obama’s problem with strong women?Â Sarah Palin has clearly gotten under his skin.
This abortion comment by Carol Fowler is one of the most disturbing, personal, demeaning and troubling for the Obama campaign.Â Women were already moving in McCain’s direction and this could increase the speed at which Obama loses independent American women.Â I finally agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham on something — Obama should call on Fowler to apologize to Palin and, frankly, to all women around the USA.
For now, let me say that as a gay Republican who has been repeatedly attacked by leftists as “self-loathing” — I would have to humbly observe that any woman who votes for Obama (after his growing track record of anti-women behavior and comments) would have to question her inner self seriously before pulling that lever.
NOTES FROM PALIN TRUTH SQUAD CONFERENCE CALL AT 4:45PM EASTERN TODAY:
Speakers:Â US Sen. Lindsey Graham & US Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Graham: I know Carol and Don Fowler and I was “shocked and surprised” by the comments Carol made against Gov. Palin.
The Obama campaign has launched “personal and hateful attacks” against Palin and they should stop.
“The Obama campaign is clearly in meltdown mode over Governor Palin’s selection for the ticket.”
Her selection has John McCain’s running mate has “thrown our opponents for a loop and they don’t know how to respond”.
If a Republican had made the same statement as Carol Fowler did about a Democratic woman running for office, there would be a “firestorm” condemnations.
Calls on Senator Obama to reject Carol Fowler’s comments and apologize to Gov. Palin.
Blackburn: This latest comment shows a “pattern of behavior” by Obama and his campaign.Â Â (She cited the “sweetie” comment I mentioned above as well as various other anti-woman references Obama made against Hiillary Clinton).
“Americans and especially women are offended by the lack of respect towards Governor Palin” since her announcement as McCain’s running mate.
The Democrats are engaged in an effort to diminish Gov. Palin’s accomplishments using completely inappropriate language that is offensive to women.