[Mel Gilles, who has worked for many years as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse, draws some parallels between her work and the reaction of many Democrats to the election.-- Mathew Gross]
Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, humiliated before the eyes of America, voluntarily undermining his credibility and career of over thirty years. Observe Donna Brazille squirm as she is ridiculed by Bay Buchanan, and pronounced irrelevant and nearly non-existent. Listen as Donna and Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer take to the airwaves saying that they have to go back to the drawing board and learn from their mistakes and try to be better, more likable, more appealing, have a stronger message, speak to morality. Watch them awkwardly quote the bible, trying to speak the new language of America. Surf the blogs, and read the comments of dismayed, discombobulated, confused individuals trying to figure out what they did wrong. Hear the cacophony of voices, crying out, “Why did they beat me?”
And then ask anyone who has ever worked in a domestic violence shelter if they have heard this before.
They will tell you, every single day.
The answer is quite simple. They beat us because they are abusers. We can call it hate. We can call it fear. We can say it is unfair. But we are looped into the cycle of violence, and we need to start calling the dominating side what they are: abusive. And we need to recognize that we are the victims of verbal, mental, and even, in the case of Iraq, physical violence.....
And it continues on in this vein. I mean sheesh. Dan Rather was humiliated because he tried to use forged documents to scuttle a presidential reelection. It wasn't because we red-statists, in our ripped white tank-t's, were drunkenly hurling abuse and stomping around the trailer park, looking to open a can of whup-ass on the man. (Well, OK, I was, I'll admit it, but I was in the minority) Most people were just wondering how a major news network could stick with such an obviously flawed and biased story for so long. Is that abuse? Were the blues off somewhere making a police report, pleading with their mascara-run eyes for the officer to protect them from that mean blogger who claimed Dan's documents were forgeries. "Oh, and then they, sniffle-sniffle, questioned Dan's motives, officer. They called him, sniffle-snorfel, a liberal too, I think. Oh it all becomes a blur. I just want to stay at my mother's tonight."