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EMILY's List Takes Swipe at Sarah Palin's 'Mama Grizzlies'

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Sarah Palin has made "Mama Grizzlies" a campaign theme, but a Democratic women's group is growling back.

EMILY's List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office, announced a new campaign, "Sarah Doesn't Speak for Me," on Monday. Its mission: To fight back against Palin's "radical agenda" and her endorsed candidates.

In a press release, the group said: "Sarah Palin has predicted a rising tide of mothers and women voters will support her so-called 'Mama Grizzly' candidates. Today, we call upon women -- and men! -- to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin's reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda. We're asking Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans who have no home -- to join us in our new campaign, Sarah Doesn't Speak for Me."

The group planned to announce more details of the campaign Tuesday in Washington, and launched a new website for the campaign.

"We wanted to respond to Sarah Palin and her candidates' assertions that they were speaking for all women with a community of women who are speaking for themselves," Jes McIntosh of EMILY's List told Politics Daily. "It's a place for them to connect and respond, meet their neighbors and tell what they want out of their government."

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded Tuesday, saying, "EMILY's List is running scared -- and it shows. Clearly, in this 'Year of the Pro-Life Woman,' which Sarah Palin helped make possible, women have found their political voices. Pro-life 'Mama Grizzlies' represent the majority of women across the country."
She added, "We are looking for women leaders who affirm the best in women -- who seek to include rather than exclude the rest of humanity as we find our fulfillment. EMILY's List is busy perpetuating what it purports to abhor: using women candidates with whom they disagree as punching bags."

Palin, one of the most polarizing figures in politics, has spent a large portion of this year traveling the country in support of female GOP candidates, or as she calls them "Mama Grizzlies." Through her Sarah PAC, Palin has endorsed a host of female candidates including South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez in the New Mexico governor's race. Both won. Both are the first GOP women in their states to win their party's nomination.

Palin has also had some losses in her endorsements, including Karen Handel, who lost Georgia's gubernatorial nomination earlier this month.

In Tuesday's Wyoming primary, Palin endorsed Rita Meyer for governor. On her Facebook page, Palin wrote on July 29: "She may not have millions of dollars to campaign with, but she has enough volunteer human resources and is running her campaign the old fashion way -- grassroots and gritty! Voters know that Rita has a unique blend of steel magnolia and mama grizzly."

In July, Sarah PAC released "Mama Grizzlies," a video that consists mostly of audio clips from a speech Palin gave to the anti-abortion rights group, Susan B. Anthony List.

The new president of EMILY's List, Stephanie Schriock, spoke in Boston last month about Palin. The Boston Globe reported that Schriock said Palin "represents a set of values that are way out of the mainstream and arguably out of the mainstream of the Republican Party."

Schriock replaced EMILY's List founder, Ellen Malcolm, earlier this year. The group, which was founded 25 years ago, is trying to lure younger women who may have no memory of life before Roe v. Wade to its pro-choice cause. Palin is now the poster girl for it.

So far, Palin hasn't addressed the EMILY's List campaign against her.

On Monday afternoon, she told her Facebook followers she would appear that evening on Greta Van Susteren's show on Fox News to discuss energy resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, among other topics.

"I'm traveling with Greta Van Susteren to Alaska's North Slope and ANWR to discuss how developing our resources can contribute to America's energy independence, security, job growth, and economic stability," Palin wrote. "You'll see what the remote 20 million acres of ANWR with its vast oil and gas reserves really looks like (unlike the extreme environmentalists' fundraising pics)."

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Sarah Palin does not have the intelligence to speak for herself, leave alone the majority of women! She is just a money hungry quitter. I feel sorry for these stupid women that hang on her every word. How pathetic must their lives be? Do they really believe what she says has a grain of truyh or substance to it. Surely, there must be somebody who really care for this poor soul, who could take her aside and explain what an idiot she is making of herself. Perhapse her parents or husband - but then - she is probably the best meal ticket they have ever had!

August 20 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

buttweet17 why don't you share your wealth with all. I for one am barely making ends meet..some months I don't. Yet, they want to take more from me to feed people who don't work and share their wealth. I give to homeless shelters and give to the food drives every time they have one but to take money that I don't have to give is going to put more and more people on the welfare rolls. It's a viscous cycle that needs to be broken or fixed or however you want to say it.

August 18 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Stop trying to detract from the real issues that affect us all. This is just a smoke screen to try to get people off track and forget that the change we could believe in, does not exist. This group of people is desperate to start something, anything off topic, out of touch, etc.. The abortion thing was settled years ago and no one is going to change that. Try talking about something relevant!!

August 18 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Sarah Palin does NOT speak for the MAJORITY of women........who the heck dreamed that statistic up and where did that come from? She speaks for a segment, and that's fine. Just as there are those of us who are pro-choice.........and that's o.k. Viva'la'difference. And I will never understand why what I do with my body has anything to do with politics. I, for one am sick of all of the rhetoric. Let's concentrate on sharing the wealth with all....feeding the hungry.......and ending wars. This is ridiculous.

August 18 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to buttweet17's comment

this is the classic statement from the liberal point of view "SHARE THE WEALTH". The wealth was made by living breathing human being, not some machine. These human beings worked hard for what they have. Why must they bust their behinds only to have their money taken away and given to someone else. I find it so amusing that the hollywood elite are so blinded that they don't even realize that the more they back such nonsense the more chance they take by losing their millions. What a bunch of sheep. Right now they and the demmies are in the "do as I say do-not as I do" mode but if this keeps up they will be the ones screaming the loudest when it starts getting taken away from them. I would like for this person that is head of this "list" to tell us how much money, time/effort she contributed to those very same people that pity? How much did you do buttweet?

August 18 2010 at 9:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

If you hadn't written ths article, no one would have know Emily's list exisited.

August 18 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sarah Palin is one of the best things that could happen to American Politics.

August 18 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Masontruth's comment

She has certainly brought out everyone from the woodwork.

August 18 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Emily's List's most recent tactics represent the growing desperation of an organization increasingly out of touch with the American people. Americans, including American women, have NEVER been pro-choice; they've just been anti-anyone whose tactics in opposing abortion were reprehensible, as many of the early anti-abortion initiatives were. Now America has settled into the realization that a life is involved in this debate, and they're thinking through it more carefully. The result, especially among women, is the kind of thoughtful, courageous and principled leaning towards putting others (the unborn) above self. What mother doesn't think of herself as willing to give her own life to protect her children? It was inevitable that a thoughtful populace would eventually sweep aside the emotional rhetoric--and inappropriate behaviors on both sides of the debate--and return to the real issues of life and death. When "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" were inked into our national fiber, it was certainly as an order of priority. Our children, born and unborn, deserve life to be a priority over our own liberties and our own pursuits of happiness. As the husband of a woman who--in the worst-case scenario everyone dreads--declared her desire to risk her life for her unborn (now teenage) baby boy, I deplore and repudiate the tactics of anti-abortionists who use hate and anger to fuel their passions; but the rabid disdain Emily's List exhibits for the tender lives of babies they otherwise celebrate in ulstrasound images--when it's convenient for them to want them--is inexcusable and shameful.

August 18 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Randy's comment
Powderfinger boy

blah blah blah. you're not even on topic. ya, let's have another 3 million unwanted babies born in America. brilliant idea.

August 18 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Randy, My big question is why do pro life (anti abortion people) only like babies when they are in the womb. Once they are born NO ONE CARES. Once they are out of womb they actually exist, then you may have to actually DO SOMETHING instead of just talk. Abortion is a bad choice, but people have to put their money where their mouths are, and that they will not do. Orphanages cost alot of money. No one wants to adopt older children unfortunately. Also, how can anyone call this a Christian country when there are so many born children suffering badly.

August 18 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I have never had an abortion, but I know other women who have had one. Despite the differences in our decisions, we all wore the same military uniform, saluted the same flag, and served our nation to the best of our abilities. Each of my pregnancies cost me by having our male-dominated military give me lower job performance ratings that affected my promotions and pay raises. We all make choices, and some pay more than others. In the end, while both may have regrets, we all have to live with the decisions that we have made.

August 18 2010 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mesager42's comment

Thank you for your wisdom. Makes me feel good people like you mesager 42 exist.

August 18 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

It is obvious that no man or woman can speak for all people of his/her sex in our free society. One can form an informed opinion on any aspect of life, but he/she has to recognize that there might be others who have right to a different opinion or interpretation within the scope of the laws of the country.

August 18 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

No American citizen nor group of citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, has the right to force other American citizens to live according to any one given forced set of religious beliefs. Each American taxpaying citizen has the right to their own opinion about abortion, but they cannot force others to live according to their beliefs about it. To do so is a tyrannical Socialist and Communist agenda. We are a Republic steeped in democracy. To each their own actions. If you don't like it, then move to a nation whose government forces its beliefs upon those being ruled, without a liberal rights Constitution.

August 18 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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