Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links

Hi! This has been a heavy week – how are you all feeling? I’ve been really sad: first about Elizabeth Warren’s Super Tuesday results and then about her suspending her campaign. I’ve supported and even been excited about other candidates in the past, but I’ve never felt as passionately for a candidate as I did – do – for her. She’s so smart and thoughtful and organized and EMPATHETIC, has values that align with my own, exhibits fearless tenacity AND warmth and compassion — she’s the best of everything and I really hoped she would be our first female president. I’m heartbroken I won’t have a chance to vote for her, and I feel so frustrated by the systemic sexism and racism that exists in our country that resulted in the most diverse group of candidates being whittled down to two nearly 80-year-old white men with a lot of baggage.

Here’s an interesting piece about how sexism played a role in Elizabeth Warren hitting the Democratic glass ceiling in the presidential race: Maybe Next Time, Ladies

This made me a little weepy: Students are leaving personal thank-you notes next to Elizabeth Warren’s photo at Harvard Law

So did this one: ‘America Needs Her’: Readers React to Elizabeth Warren’s Exit

And, totally unrelated, to lighten the mood:

A man brought a llama in a tuxedo to his sister’s wedding, and his sister was not amused

16 comments… add one
  • Bittergaymark March 6, 2020, 7:19 pm

    The thing that REALLY impressed me this week about Warren was how she didn’t bandwagon on to Biden or Sanders in an instant show of absurd, sudden support. Something that left me profoundly disappointed in both Pete and Amy.

    Reply Link
    • Dear Wendy March 6, 2020, 8:08 pm

      They’re opportunists like most politicians, banking on Biden winning — and I think there’s genuine concern among some people that Biden is the only hope to beat Trump — and hoping for a reward for their support in the form of a role in a Biden administration. Warren will only endorse someone once she’s thought very carefully about it and has reason to believe she can have an effect on policy. She did this in 2016 when she waited until the very end of the primary to finally endorse Hillary — when it was apparent Hillary was most likely to win the primary and the general – and then she spent months pitching policy and making very detailed pushes for and against people for cabinet positions. She’s going to again very carefully weigh how best she can affect change going forward before she makes an endorsement, if she makes one.

      Reply Link
      • Bittergaymark March 6, 2020, 8:19 pm

        Warren would have made an excellent candidate in 2016. One with precious little baggage. Unlike the “safe” bet the DNC insisted upon.

      • Dear Wendy March 6, 2020, 8:27 pm

        I agree! I was very disappointed when she didn’t run last time.

  • ktfran March 6, 2020, 7:40 pm

    Thank you for the llama post. It made me smile. Amazing.

    Reply Link
  • ktfran March 6, 2020, 8:50 pm

    So we ordered Chinese tonight. We were going to order in regardless and I feel bad for them since people are morons and think they’ll get the virus from effing American Chinese restaurants.

    Reply Link
    • ktfran March 6, 2020, 8:55 pm

      I wrote this here so intelligent people wise support their local restaurants!

      Reply Link
  • Tina March 6, 2020, 10:16 pm

    Bummer you deduce Bernie to just another old white man, he is Jewish and could be the first Jewish president. With the hate crime at his rally today, I think we should be a bit more mindful of that. ?

    Reply Link
    • Dear Wendy March 7, 2020, 6:39 am

      I like Bernie fine but he IS an almost 80-year-old white man. I would be thrilled if he discussed his Jewish identity a little more (I have two young jewish children, after all, who would benefit from seeing a proud Jewish president).

      Reply Link
    • Kate March 7, 2020, 6:42 am

      If he doesn’t die from that heart attack he had 3 months ago and won’t release his full records about.

      I kid. I’d vote for him in the general election against Trump, and obviously he’d be a way better president, and great that he’d be the first Jewish president. I’d rather have the first woman though.

      Reply Link
  • Bittergaymark March 7, 2020, 1:02 pm

    I honestly don’t get why there is this ongoing, popular, mass-delusion that such obviously elderly candidates will somehow both deliver us from evil, oh, and save america in between their heart attacks and naps!


    Reply Link
    • Kate March 7, 2020, 1:17 pm

      I’ll go with the one that DIDNT just have a heart attack, and doesn’t have dementia, he’s just been misspeaking his whole life.

      Listen, Pete wasn’t our savior either. If it’s not Warren, it’ll have to be Biden. He could beat Trump.

      Reply Link
      • Kate March 7, 2020, 1:18 pm

        PS, no one thinks that. They just can’t deal with 4 more years of Trump.

  • Ready to mingle March 8, 2020, 10:33 pm

    And my neighborhood in Nashville was decimated by a tornado. It’s…. a lot

    Reply Link
    • Dear Wendy March 9, 2020, 6:29 am

      I’m so sorry! I hope you and your family are all ok. The news from Nashville has been overshadowed but we’re thinking of you!

      Reply Link

Leave a Comment