Kate Clinton

Pig Lipstick by L'Oreal

Filed By Kate Clinton | September 12, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Austin, bristol palin, California, Hurricane Ike, marriage, palin, Prop. 8, Sarah Palin, sarah palin's pregnant daughter, Texas

Greetings from Austin, Texas! The site of the Annual Out and Equal Workplace Summit. I'm here to emcee their annual awards dinner gala where they celebrate and honor the work of LGBT activists in the corporate world and the work of corporations that make it possible for LGBT people to be out and creative at work.

We are also in the path of Hurricane Ike. It's 99 degrees and muggy, so I am not out seeing the sites of Austin. That leaves me in my lovely hotel room with this little laptop and the de rigueur flat panel television. The 24-7 weather coverage is hyperbolic, hysteric and all I want to know is whether I'll be able to get the hell out of here tomorrow morning. Not a one of the slick, soon to be slickered, drawling weather forecasters has said, "Kate Clinton you will make it back to NYC on Saturday with a one hour delay."

Her-icane Sarah has not petered out and alone in this hotel room I have her talking with Charles Gibson on, but muted. Her voice could shatter that glass ceiling. I still have that vague nausea.

It's important in this hurricane season not to conflate the feelings of powerlessness I get fronting the isobars of a hurricane with the powerless feeling I can get watching the "there you go again" Category 10 Republican lying cheating hot air machine. It's easy to do and that's just what they want me to do.

Let me be clear. I am a Vagina-American but I could care less about possible president Palin's insane family, her glasses, her hockey momness or darling husband. Let L'Oreal come out with a new line of pig lipstick. I don't care.

We've established the new-found sexism detectors of the cynical Republicans and their snickered media mouthpieces, their double standards, their lying manipulating ways. The cancerous religious right, rumored to be dead or in remission, was having their version of a three-day waiting period, and with Jesus Palin, they are risen again. They don't like gay people. They don't want women to have control over their own bodies. They don't give a shit about running this country. They care only about winning the election. Then lifting off from Alaska in the rapture.

I am very glad to be among the courageous activists and community organizers at this convention. It downgrades my feelings of powerlessness. I will not wait for Obama to speak directly to me through the TV, "Kate Clinton we are going to win this thing. Just sit tight." I just had a little back and forth with a non-conference woman up on the free continental breakfast floor. She was eating a yogurt and nodding, as Palin zombied to Charles Gibson. I watched with her and then said, "She's is so unqualified. She has Wikipedia brain."

Speak up. Send money to Obama or "No on 8" in CA if you're still having I-don't-wanna-Obama feelings. It's the same idea. Volunteer. Talk to your friends, family. Fight with them. Stick with the facts of war, economy, environment, and gay rights. Then let's have a going away party for them on November 4. They can lift off from Alaska, hopefully their last frontier. Wave and say, "Bye bye. We'll watch your stuff."

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If this election doesn't spell out any clearer what the differences are between Democrats and Republicans, then this country is doomed.

I guess L'Oreal can come out with a whole line of Palin Pig Products. Perfume: Ode de Swine. Body lotion: Moisterized Soil (mud) Cleanser. Massage Oil: Marquis de Sod or Makin' Bacon. And the lipstick: Jowel Jazzer.

I don't think that she would be allowed to use any kind of massage oils... too sinful

L'orea'l? The favorite lipstick of the T community? On swine? No way. The piggies get to make do with Wet n' Wild.

Kate has this one right. The more I see of Palin, the more I know that we're all screwed if she gets 1heartbeataway from the Oval Office.

Thank you for braving the storm.
Caffectionately yours, Mariah & Byron

Another very worthy Kate Clinton essay.

Stay safe, Kate!


Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 13, 2008 2:59 AM

How did one of my Hoosier Republican ladies get as far as Austin? Loved the essay.

Too bad you're wasting time in a hotel room obsessing about Sarah Palin instead of figuring out why she has appeal to middle-America. I'm sure there are plenty of lesbian soccer moms out there, but HRC, insulated inside the Beltway, doesn't want to know them or what makes them tick. Wonderful you are having a conference about being Out in the Workplace but your allies are limited to politically correct corporations who give lip service to GLBT employees but would never promote one to CEO. Nice these companies are wining and dining you -- hope you are enjoying taking part in the tokenism.

Gee, and here I thought Kate gave some good examples of ways the average American can help both "No on 8" and the Obama campaign.

But, go on, I've seen plenty of anti-HRC rants and this one doesn't measure up to some of the righteous thunder I've seen expressed before. You must be working up to it.

While you get that all up and out, I'll be off speaking up, volunteering and donating money. I'll come back and check on you later when I have time.

I said when Hillary Clinton was running that it was great because I always thought the first female president of the US would be to the right of Genghis Kahn. That way, she wouldn't have to fight the right, and she'd be able to run a campaign.

Well, I spoke too soon. But the fact that the right wing and the media can finally spot sexism would be encouraging if I wasn't so sure that they'd start propagating it again the next time a prominent Democratic female runs.