Thursday, April 26, 2012

Joel Connelly Accosts Young Woman

Posted by on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

In the wake of GetAJobGate, SeattlePI.com political blogger Joel Connelly jumps to the defense of attorney general Rob McKenna, recasting him as the victim of a vicious political attack:

The state Democratic Party has seized on the Reproductive Parity Act this week in what has been a relentless effort to depict McKenna as anti-choice. It hosted a Wednesday press conference featuring Kendra Obom, a microphone-bearing young woman who accosted McKenna outside a maritime luncheon on Wednesday.

Really, Joel? She "accosted" McKenna?

Listen to the audio again. Obom politely asks McKenna "What's your stance on the Reproductive Parity Act?" And McKenna fucking loses it, accusing her of trying to "bushwhack" him and of "not being honest," before dismissively telling her to "go get a job."

To use the word "accost" so as to cast Obom as engaging in an act of aggression or even violence is just plain offensive. If anything, it was McKenna who accosted Obom. But Joel didn't stop there:

The abortion issue — relentlessly used by Democrats against the GOP’s Dino Rossi in 2004, 2008 and 2010 — has resonated mainly with feminist writers at The Stranger and Publicola. On Wednesday, Cienna Madrid of The Stranger delivered an obscene description of McKenna.

For the record, Cienna called McKenna a "fuckwad," as apt a description as any. And if you think that's "obscene," well, you've never met Cienna. She's got a mouth on her that could peel the paint off an unpainted surface.

In the end, what Joel's really objecting to is the anti-Catholic bias he perceives in anybody who attempts to use abortion as a political issue against Catholic candidates, which really is, you know, too fucking bad. I mean, it's not like we're the ones who first politicized this issue. Republicans have used opposition to abortion as an organizing principle in transforming Christian conservatives into a solid Republican block, and if that works against them in states like Washington, well fuck 'em. Choice is a powerful ideological proxy, as it should be, because a politician's stance on abortion is a reliable predictor of their stance on a host of other political issues.

Oh sure, McKenna claims he's personally opposed to abortion, but is pro-choice, but we all know that's a total load of crap. McKenna wouldn't attempt to ban abortion in Washington state because he knows that A) he can't, and B) it would be political suicide. But the Reproductive Parity Act? He's opposed to that. Requiring pharmacists to sell Plan B? He's opposed to that. Maintaining funding for Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide family planning counseling? He's opposed to that.

A Governor McKenna might lack the balls to overtly attempt to restrict abortion in Washington state, but erode access to abortion? In a New York minute. Rob McKenna is simply not on the side of reproductive rights, he's just too cowardly to admit it. Just like he was too cowardly to admit his opposition to the Reproductive Parity Act before Odom accosted him on the street and those feminist bitches at Publicola and The Stranger got their twats all tied up in a knot. Or something.

And yet, all that is beside the point. It is the utter contempt with which McKenna treated Obom that sticks in my craw, his "go get a job" taunt a macaca moment that should rightly haunt McKenna for the rest of this campaign.

 

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"The abortion issue — relentlessly used by Democrats against the GOP’s Dino Rossi in 2004, 2008 and 2010 — has resonated mainly with feminist writers at The Stranger and Publicola."

Interesting.
So "the abortion issue" isn't an issue for people in general.
Only for "feminist writers".

"He has explained that, if asked, he and his wife would personally counsel against a woman getting an abortion, but that the decision on whether to terminate a pregnancy is ultimately a matter of choice."

Of course it is.
The question is whether it will be a LEGAL choice.
And, if legal, what restrictions will be placed upon that choice.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on April 26, 2012 at 7:09 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
I never cease to be amazed at how the GOP can always successfully (to non-thinkers) cast themselves as victims while they relentlessly attempt to victimize anyone who is not like them.

Almost as bad as Christians claiming they are persecuted in America when they make up the majority of the country, and the vast majority of the legislature.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 3
I demand a slog post by Cienna with the full firepower of her paint peeling mouth. It should have a minimum 9:1 ratio of sailor to non-sailor or I call shenanigans.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on April 26, 2012 at 7:19 AM · Report this
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Then, out of reflex, he called for Obom to release her birth certificate.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on April 26, 2012 at 7:25 AM · Report this
Kinison 6
Please stop, there is no scandal, there is no GetAJobGate, you are once again making an ass out of yourself over something trivial.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on April 26, 2012 at 7:43 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 7
Joel Connelly has even less credibility than Joey Ratz, the nazi pope.
Connelly's catholicism is a convenient crutch when he just doesn't want to think anymore. For Joel, it's best to let a 'celibate' mobster tell you what to think.
Posted by Sir Vic on April 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 8
Anything that ends with "-gate" can't and shouldn't be taken seriously. (It's about as pointless as calling someone "Hitler") Goldy, that piss and shit you took this morning was your credibility that you ended up flushing down the toilet.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
Yeah, Goldy, grow up. How dare anyone ask a politician about their positions? Clearly, anyone interested in policy must be unemployed, and deserves whatever invective we can come up with for them.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on April 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM · Report this
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Old fat dudes live in fear of being "bushwhacked" by "feminist writers", so sure, Connelly will side with any other man who faces the same terrifying scenario.
Posted by tiktok on April 26, 2012 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 11
@6,8: I got the impression Goldy was typing "GetAJobGate" with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I can not answer for sure of course. I do agree that the -gate suffix is overused and a bit silly at this point though.

Also, I live on the east coast and so know/care only a bit about Seattle's local politics, but it seems that if McKenna is the AG and looking to rise up in the ranks, his refusal to answer a fair, basic question, in addition to his improper and childish attack on one of his possible constituents is a small but important mark on his character.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
DOUG. 12
I've heard a rumor that McKenna is the illegitimate spawn of Joel Connelly and Dixie Lee Ray.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on April 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM · Report this
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I just can't bring myself to trust that a politician who responds to questions with sneering and derision *really* has my best interests in mind when he takes office. So I guess it's a good thing McKenna never will. What an attitude.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on April 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM · Report this
Vince 14
The Times can't stand the competition. The Stranger is starting to thump them and they can't put you out of business like they did the P.I. Now they realise print media was on the way out and it's starting to bite.
Posted by Vince on April 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM · Report this
seatackled 15
@1

Not only "resonated mainly among feminist writers," as opposed to a huge percentage of American women and men in general, according to Connelly, but feminist writers at the Stranger and Publicola. I guess none of his PI colleagues care about abortion rights. I'm surprised he doesn't call them radical feminist writers.
Posted by seatackled on April 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM · Report this
seatackled 16
Instigate.
Profligate.
Investigate.
Propagate.
Corrugate.
Delegate.
Derogate.
Stargate.
Posted by seatackled on April 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
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A Seattle Times writer shills for Republican Party. Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Posted by TechBear on April 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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"To use the word "accost" so as to cast Obom as engaging in an act of aggression or even violence is just plain offensive."

"accost" also has the interesting secondary meaning of "solicit for sex". Is Joel not so subtly trying to emulate Rush Limbaugh?
Posted by anon1256 on April 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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She certainly accosted him with her poor appearance. How was he to know he was dealing with an alleged woman (and thus deserving of special treatment) with the way the alleged "she" was carrying "her"-self?
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on April 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
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Apparently the young woman confronted McKenna, and a struggle ensued. Lucky for Rob, she was only packin' a recorder.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on April 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
Goldy 21
@20, Had she been black, male, and wearing a hoodie, she could have been legally shot in self defense. I mean, who could know that audio recorder wasn't a gun?
Posted by Goldy on April 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Report this
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God. Rob McKenna is such a lying venal little toady. And on top of it all he just has one of those punchable stupid smug faces.

Sigh. But he's gonna be Governor. Sadly it's a foregone conclusion. Unless he's caught fucking a dead goat or something. We better install surveillance cameras out in Enumclaw just in case.
Posted by tkc on April 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
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@22, unfortunately you're going to be right. Lying venality beats clueless incompetence every time.
Posted by sarah70 on April 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Vince 24
@23 Not true. Remember Bush?
Posted by Vince on April 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 25
Joel is just trying to cover for his bud.

Caught in a lie. With video.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
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@19:
She certainly accosted him with her poor appearance. How was he to know he was dealing with an alleged woman (and thus deserving of special treatment) with the way the alleged "she" was carrying "her"-self?
As if the gender, age, fashion sense, employment status, or sexual preference of the constituent/voter/questioner makes an iota of difference regarding the issue at hand.

Or are you suggesting that he would have answered the question had it been asked by, say, me (a 60-plus, bearded, gainfully employed, casually-dressed male)? If so, you must mean to say that Mr. McKenna is a sexist and/or ageist and/or homophobe and/or fashion critic.

And that you state your opinion in the above manner strongly suggests that you are a sexist and/or ageist and/or homophobe and/or fashion critic.
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on April 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
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Typical Joel Connelly conversation:

"But Mr. Connelly, how could Mark Felt, FBI Deputy Director, possibly be deep throat as he still wouldn't have access to those Oval Office conversations, it would have had to have been either Kissinger (who established a record of being a lying snitch bastard at Harvard, turning in his academic competitors to the FBI, claiming they were commie sympathizers) or some element of the White House Communications Agency?"

Joel Connelly: "Go f**k yourself!"

Need we say anything further?
Posted by sgt_doom on April 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM · Report this

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