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In certain circles, Amy Siskind and David Pakman are somewhat famous.

Siskind is a former Wall Street-executive-turned-activist, best known for her website The Weekly List, in which she chronicles everything that’s gone wrong during every week of Trump’s presidency. Pakman is a former adjunct professor at Boston College who also hosts a podcast in which he similarly catalogues the many perfidies of the Trump administration.

Both are a lot more famous than they were before the month of December began, and not just within those certain circles. And surprisingly, it’s also not for their concordance. Anything but, in fact.

Their story begins on Dec. 19, when Siskind announced on Twitter that she refused to consider any “white male candidates” in the 2020 Democrat primaries.

“I will not support white male candidates in the Dem primary,” she wrote.

“Unless you slept thru midterms, women were our most successful candidate. Biggest Dem vote getters in history: Obama ‘08, Hillary ‘16. White male is not where our party is at, and is our LEAST safe option in 2020.”

This is a pretty good argument unless — and sometimes it helps to do this — you think about it.

Hillary lost and Obama was a cultural phenomenon — a phenomenon that seems unlikely to duplicate itself in a 2020 field where the very white Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and (sigh) Robert “Beto” O’Rourke were the only candidates to crack 5 percent in a recent CNN poll. Of the candidates meeting Siskind’s parameters, Cory Booker is at 5 percent and gaining no momentum, and Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have seen their support cut by more than half.

Of course, Siskind has an issue with Beto, as well:

https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/1074672508757008386

I don’t get Betomania either, but he’s at 9 percent and Stacy Abrams hasn’t even made the polls.

Beyond strict pragmatism, there was also an ideological problem with this, which Pakman decided to point out (or mansplain) to her: This is kind of racist/sexist in its own right.

Siskind’s riposte was also fairly progressive, essentially questioning Pakman’s manhood:

https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/1075433334099116032

So now the argument’s shifted to white men lifting women and minorities up by disqualifying themselves because they’re comfortable with their white manhood, not because this is a good strategy for the Democrats. I mention the shift because I think the two are mutually exclusive; that they have to do the work of “lifting women, people of color, or people of all sexual orientations” assumes they need lifting to win, not that they represent the best hope for the Democrats.

Pakman, however, seemed to agree with Siskind — he just didn’t see how what she had to say made the progressive movement stronger.

And then things moved off of Twitter in a very big way, at least according to Pakman:

When you can’t beat ’em, try to get him fired. As it turns out, Pakman hasn’t taught at Boston College in at least a year, according to The College Fix, which could explain why this is arguably the worst possible way to end a Twitter war. We also have to point out that this is just an allegation, but Siskind’s response seemed to indicate something had happened.

Asked by The College Fix what her exact complaint was — Pakman simply disagreed with her, after all, and didn’t use sexist language or anything like that — Siskind was vague.

“Mr. Pakman can publicly apologize and explain his misstatements. I understand he has been corrected,” she said. “People are watching how he conducts himself.”

Actually, I’m more interested in watching how Siskind conducts herself. But that’s just me.

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6 Comments

  1. Grace Joy

    January 3, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Another man-hating lesbian supremacist. Any possible value she might have is lost behind her obsession with destroying others as a way to force others to her own false set of moral standards. What she promotes is called fascism.

    • Shari Early

      January 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      I agree 100%.

  2. James Kelly

    January 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I’m ugly you have to do as I say.

    stugly cow

  3. MICHAEL A ALBACH

    January 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Another stupid who’re complaining because she doesn’t get her way , stupid bitch !!

  4. Mary Johnson

    January 3, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    She should get a clue. She has a right to her opinion but so does everyone else and just because they do not agree does not mean they should be fired. When did it come to pass that only the gays of the country have all the right and normal people have none.

  5. Bj

    January 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    This woman is no feminist. She a left wing liberal hack who thinks she can bully her way into whatever she wants just because she wants it. It has worked in the past but patience is running thin on these whores and people are starting to fight back. This bitch and her liberal friends days are numbered. We will no longer sit idly by and listen or take their crap. We’re taking names and kicking some useless azz and it feels good!!!!!!!!. How do you like us now?

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