Lieberman's Wife Attacked for His Health Care Stand

Leftie smear campaign against Hadassah is as anti-feminist as it gets
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 12:38 PM CST
Hadassah and Joe Lieberman at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Now that Joe Lieberman has made himself Public Enemy No. 1 on the left, his wife has become the victim of an "anti-feminist" smear campaign, writes Kathleen Parker. An online petition calls for her removal as global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which fights breast cancer. The main points of this flawed attack are that she's a "lobbyist" who's done work for pharmaceutical companies and that she's married to a guy trying to kill health care reform.

The lobbyist charge is flat-out wrong and her ties to the pharma industry are tenuous at best, writes Parker in the Washington Post. As for her marriage, why should it matter what her husband does? "There is no conflict of interest unless you think that a wife should stay home and be her husband's silent partner." The whole charade strikes Parker as "fantastically anti-feminist. In what American century is a wife's job in jeopardy because of her husband's politics?"

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