We should probably chalk this up under “non-story of the day” …
Yesterday, newly nominated California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina made a brief off-hand remark on an open mic about — get ready for it — her opponent’s hair.
“Laura saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone said, ‘God what is that hair?′ Sooooooooooooo yesterday”.
The horror! Obviously any woman who would stoop so low as to criticize another woman’s hairstyle has no business serving in the US Senate. In fact, I’m sure any Democrat would join with me in condemnation of any attack against a female elected official that was based solely on her appearance.
Right? Oh sorry, my bad.
Anyway, hopefully the thin-skinned Ms. Boxer realizes that in today’s political climate, unless your detractors hang you in effigy you really haven’t made the big-time.
As I was reading through some of the commentary about Ms. Fiorina’s open mic faux pas, I came across this commentary from the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus. She riffs a bit on Fiorina, then shifts direction back toward her true feelings about Tuesday’s primaries:
… what I was going to write was a lot cheerier. It wasn’t just about how many women won on Tuesday: Fiorina and Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman in California; Sen. Blanche Lincoln against the pundit-decreed odds in the Arkansas Democratic primary; probable GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley in South Carolina; Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle in Nevada. It was about how the typology of female candidates has changed even as the phenomenon of being a female candidate has diminished in importance. (emphasis added)
Really? It’s no longer “important” to have women candidates? Knock me over with a feather.
Really? Seriously?? Actually I think I understand what’s going on here. See if you agree with me:
- Carly Fiorina – Republican
- Meg Whitman – Republican
- Blanche Lincoln – Democrat who supports partial birth abortion ban and is only rated 50% by NARAL
- Nikky Haley – Republican
- Sharron Angle – Republican
- and last but not least … Sarah Palin – Republican
As long as women who were hardcore forceps-waving pro abortion zealots, or feminist lapdogs who would unquestionably toe the line for progressivism were nominated to run for public office, it was the greatest thing for democracy since the 19th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act. But now that Americans are choosing conservative women … well, having women in politics is no longer anything to get excited about.
A decade ago, I used to joke with friends about how civil rights leaders and feminists would react to a Republican presidential ticket of Colin Powell and Elizabeth Dole. The joke of course was that the NAACP and NOW were far more interested in promoting affirmative action and abortion on demand than ensuring the election of minority candidates. Unsurprisingly, nothing has changed since then. Once again we will have the opportunity to watch feminists and women’s rights groups work overtime to defeat Republican women at the polls.