One of the big problems with a section of the liberal population is that they don't stop to actually measure the impact of things in the real world. Yes there was a big feminist march in 2004. So what? There was a huge peace march in New York during the Republican convention. We're still killing people. Marches are, by and large, useless in this day and age. Everyone knows that a lot of people support various causes, and nobody cares when they get together to march about it. If a million women had each pledged to give $100 to John Kerry so long as he openly supported the right for a woman to choose that might have had a significant impact. Walking around in sensibly priced shoes does not, and nobody should expect it to.
From the article: "The most important point is something we've said for a long time: Elections matter," said Planned Parenthood interim president Karen Pearl.
The fact that this even has to be said is just flat out sad. It's like saying "The most important point is something we've said for a long time: The sky is blue." Political actions that don't effect elections or effectively bribe politicians are always going to be symbolic and nothing more. It may be fun to march among hundreds of thousands of other people for a cause, but fun is basically irrelevant. The Republicans don't have fun with politics. They spend money and engage in smear campaigns and when they protest something they do so with gusto. Standing outside of abortion clinics with signs doesn't close them. Shooting doctors does.
By comparison check out this article from Townhall.com In it not only does a conservative go straight for the throat, unlike liberals who seem to prefer marching around singing kumbaya, but she does so with a series of blatant lies and false accusations. She has the guts to claim that liberals like to drown out their enemies with vitriol and mindless shrieking, and to do so in a world where The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth is a fresh memory. Staying on message and altering perceived reality? That matters. Sitting around wondering why marches are irrelevant does not.
There are significantly more women than men in America. If women voted as a bloc they could not only easily control the presidency but also virtually every other major political office in the country, save in a few places like Alaska where they represent a minority. Of course women will never vote as a bloc, no group of people ever does this perfectly and women will be less homogeneous than most because they exist at every level of society and in every culture. Liberals need to give up the myth that women all want the things called "women's rights" and that if only they could figure out how to foil the patriarchy they could get it. They need to give up the myth that a bunch of women marching together in solidarity or wearing special T-shirts is nearly as valuable as a bunch of women going to the voting booth in November or giving money to candidates who support the things they do. Most of all they need to stop asking why X didn't work or how people could choose Y and start talking strategy. If the Democrats had a few people with, excuse me feminist majority, any balls at all it could take back the government within a few years.
Instead we're stuck with milquetoast candidates and strategists/media types who need a dictionary and a flashlight to figure out what the word "pragmatism" means.
Bill Clinton sat in an office with "It's the Economy, Stupid" on the wall. He gave speeches where he came off as both confident and in control. He wasn't afraid to clash with his opponents or force their hands. He let Gingrich shut the government down and self-destruct. He weathered the storm with confidence and strength after he was caught blatantly lying on national television. It's not his Charisma or skirt-chasing we need back, it's his ability to look like he's actually stand for something and actually lead. My main problem with Hillary isn't that she's unlikeable or a woman, it's that she's an appeaser. She runs for the middle whenever things get tough without making it look like her idea to move that way. Appeasing wasn't a good strategy for Neville Chamberlain and it isn't a good idea now. If our candidate in 2008 can't find a pair of brass balls to strap on we're going to lose again, no matter how spectacularly Bush self-destructs, or how many marches we hold.