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NEW YORK – At a forum with New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Monday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed excitement when describing her conversation with Hillary Clinton earlier in the day. “Senator Clinton called me at 10 to say it will be formal,” said Pelosi of the widely reported Secretary of State appointment.
Pelosi and Maloney appeared together at Hunter College in a forum on women’s politics and progress. The conversation, moderated by Lynn Sherr, focused mainly on the 2008 presidential election.
Was there sexism for Senator Clinton and Governor Palin?
“For Hillary Clinton, the country came face to face with misogyny,” Maloney said. “She inspired despite the hurdles for her that weren’t there for her opponents…John McCain had a 23-year problem with women votes; Palin did nothing to help women’s rights. The American people can see the difference between someone there as a woman and someone with a record.”
Congresswoman Maloney did credit Gov. Palin for her commitment to her family, and the public acceptance of a woman with small children in politics. But she added, “at the same time, she was not for women’s rights, women saw right through her and voted against her.”
When asked if Clinton will face sexism as Secretary of Sate, Speaker Pelosi looked almost surprised. “None at all,” she told the mostly female crowd of supportive New Yorkers. “I’ve traveled as speaker, I know the respect people have for her [Senator Clinton]. She will be there in her own right; people will know she is close to the President, Barack Obama. She is a source of strength, a force in her own right.”
Madame Pelosi seems to fear more of the backlash [she] aroused from millions of incensed women around the country who perceived her apathy during the run-up to the Conventions as Failure to Function when under pressure. Which of course is nonsense. The dye was cast and Nancy stood proudly waving the Obama flag throughout the Primary. Her only agenda…. STOP HILLARY! and turn a blind eye to the paralytics, Dean and Reid who lambasted Hillary daily with calls for her to step down/out of the Primary Race.