PUMAs, eat my poo

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 19:10 EDT
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Women are actually the winners this election, in no small part thanks to Obama’s influence on down ticket wins. We saw a complete shutdown of anti-choice initiatives around the country, and in another sign of thing to come, we now have a record number of female members of Congress. The notion that Sarah Palin is a “feminist” because she has a vagina and a power suit was shut down, as was the idea that we can’t work with pro-feminist men to get our way. The “all in this together” crowd won out and showed that we aren’t stupid, we aren’t un-feminist, and we will work diligently to improve life for women in this country. One election at a time.

Seriously, just read these highlights:

* Florida: Suzanne Kosmas, an advocate of children’s issues, universal healthcare and alternative energy, beat Abramoff buddy Rep. Tom Feeney.
* Illinois: Debbie Halvorson trounced concrete magnate Marty Ozinga in a district that has not elected a Dem in 14 years.
* Colorado: Betsy Markey fought back against nasty personal attacks to defeat KKK-approved Rep. Marilyn Musgrave.
* Arizona: Ann Kirkpatrick wrested a Dem seat from antichoice mining lobbyist Sydney Hay.
* Maine: Chellie Pingree, whose daughter is a state rep, defeated Charlie Summers.
* Ohio: Marcia Fudge will continue as hardworking heir to Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
* New Hampshire: Wins by Carol Shea-Porter and Jeanne Shaheen.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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