Meet Wendy Button, the Obama speechwriter who left her party for John McCain. She cites negative attacks by Obama and sexism for her switch from Obama to McCain. See her pictures and biography here.
Ms. Button was particularly upset with the way first Hillary Clinton, and later Sarah Palin, was attacked in subtly sexist ways by her Democrat bosses. She noticed what many objectively-minded Americans are noticing, which is that the lines of attack on these brilliant women politicians would never have been attempted against a man. She put her principles before party and bolted.
I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that. And also say that the Democratic Party’s talking points—that Senator John McCain is just four more years of the same and that he’s President Bush—are now just hooker lines that fit a very effective and perhaps wave-winning political argument…doesn’t mean they’re true. After all, he is the only one who’s worked in a bipartisan way on big challenges.
[See the complete explanation of Obama's tactics she abhors.]
As a biography, She has been a speechwriter for Barack Obama and Michelle Obama right up until recent weeks. She was earlier a writer for John Kerry and John Edwards. Later for Hillary Clinton before joining the Obama campaign. She graduated from the prestigious Bennington College with an MFA degree in writing. Wendy resides in Washington D.C.
Wendy Button lived and worked her whole adult life as a passionate Democrat. No more. An epiphany of sorts overtook her as she watched her male leaders ferociously attacking leading women politicians in the United States and average working citizens who cling to their guns and Joe the Plumbers.
As a writer in her own right, Ms. Button has been an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post where she has her own standing column. In her last column there on September 17th, the interesting title seems to cryptically reveal the emotions running through her head at the time.
Wendy Button is for John McCain, a revelation that has Obama insiders shaking their heads in stunned disbelief and the blogs buzzing. Her decision has been met with what has become customary but tiring anger from Obama supporters. She has set her Facebook page to private to prevent hate comments.
The Obama campaign has so far not commented on her defection. See photos below.
Wendy Button Photos
Wendy Button: “Obama Sexist” (Video)