michelle duggar robo call.jpgThe Susan B. Anthony List announced today that über mom Michelle Duggar (pictured right) has recorded a robo call for its endorsed AR congressional candidate Cecile Bledsoe (pictured below left).
Bledsoe is a Republican underdog running in an open seat primary runoff next Tuesday, June 8, in a “ruby red district,” according to The Hill, against Rogers Mayor Steve Womack. 8 candidates vied in last month’s primary, with Womack getting 31% of the vote and Bledsoe 13%.
Michelle’s recorded message is precious. (Hear it here). The Hill quipped Michelle’s intro “might be the best robo-call opening line this election cycle”….

Hello, I’m Michelle Duggar- the mother of 19 children.
Psalm 127 says, “Children are a heritage of the Lord.”
Each and every child is a special gift from God and we should be thankful to Him for each one.

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That’s why I am supporting Cecile Bledsoe for Congress. Cecile understands the importance of protecting children before and after they are born. Cecile has stood up for life in the AR state senate and earned a 100% voting record with AR Right to Life.
She’s a caring, compassionate person who is exactly the right person to represent us in Congress.
I hope you will give Cecile Bledsoe your vote in the Republican Primary, June 8th. Thanks!
This message is paid for the Susan B. Anthony List. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

virginia slims.jpg“GOP powerhouse” Sarah Palin, former AK governor and mother of 5, endorsed Bledsoe yesterday, according to the CourierNews.com, “[r]eferring to Bledsoe as a ‘Commonsense Conservative “mama grizzly.'”
Two prominent women, one a mother of 19 and the other a mother of 5, campaigning for a female political candidate sure would seem to mean women have come a long way, baby – right?
Wrong. Liberal pro-abort feminists are incensed at the hubris of conservative women, particularly those who have also started calling themselves “feminist,” which I think is pretty funny.
Feministing.com’s Jessica Valenti called Palin et al “fake feminis[ts]” in a May 30 Washington Post op ed:

But, of course, Palin isn’t a feminist – not in the slightest. What she calls “the emerging conservative feminist identity” isn’t the product of a political movement or a fight for social justice.
It isn’t a structural analysis of patriarchal norms, power dynamics or systemic inequities. It’s an empty rallying call to women who are disdainful of or apathetic to women’s rights, who want to make abortion and emergency contraception illegal….

This is the same Jessica Valenti who complained only 2 years ago in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece:
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The word [feminism] has been so effectively misused and so effectively mischaracterized by conservatives for so long that women are afraid to identify with it. They’ll say everything under the sun that’s feminist, but they won’t identify with it because they’ve been taught feminists are anti-men, feminists are ugly.

So you’d think Jessica would be happy that beautiful conservative women have decided to embrace the “feminist” term. But no. Now Jessica is complaining that the wrong sort of women have begun embracing our suffragette heritage, totally because we’re pro-life. As Dorothy Warner wrote in a response to Valenti’s WashPo piece:

While Ms. Valenti mentioned other feminist issues – universal suffrage, pay equity, the persistence of patriarchy – the one measure she invoked no less than 7 times was: abortion. There is room in Ms. Valenti’s feminist tent for racists and those who oppose same-sex marriage, but there is no quarter for women who oppose abortion. The “manipulated buzzword” of feminism is no more or less than a cover for that.

Well, no longer. Because pro-life women have indeed come a long way, baby.

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