But they're mad at him now. Almost like how some women are upset at Oprah endorsing and campaigning for Obama instead of Hillary. I've heard reports on that too. Can't we just support who we want to support regardless of whether or not such and such is black or female? Why must certain groups vote lockstep with whom everyone thinks they should vote for? It's doesn't make sense. From today's Tribune...
The New York chapter of The National Organization for Women accused Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of betraying women with his endorsement of Barack Obama, prompting the organization's national office to come to the Massachusetts senator's defense.The election is getting more interesting. I look forward to the primaries on February 5th. This is the first action I'm going to take in such a pivotal election.
"Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal," NOW's New York State chapter said in a scorching rebuke. "Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary Clinton's opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard."
On Monday, Kennedy, D-Mass., his son Patrick and his niece Caroline Kennedy announced their support for Obama. Edward Kennedy said the country needs a leader who can bring people together and create change.
But the move angered the state chapter of NOW, which called Kennedy's decision the "greatest betrayal."
"We are repaid with his abandonment!" the statement said. "He's picked the new guy over us. He's joined the list of progressive white men who can't or won't handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton."
The group said it was our obligation to "elect, unabashedly, a president that is the first woman after centuries of men who 'know what's best for us.'"
Shortly after the local chapter reacted to Kennedy's endorsement, the national office of NOW in Washington, D.C., which has endorsed Clinton, released its own statement.
"The National Organization for Women has enormous respect and admiration for Senator Edward Kennedy," NOW President Kim Gandy wrote. "For decades Senator Kennedy has been a friend of NOW, and a leader and fighter for women's civil and reproductive rights, and his record shows that."
Gandy said her group respects Kennedy's decision to back Obama.
"We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote," she said.