RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore..
by louisprandtl, Sat May 23, 2009 at 05:17:50 PM EDT
Crossposted to MotleyMoose
Just when you think, RNC, and the Republicans in general, have realized that this country have moved on and left them in the dust. No more appeals to our worst and base instincts with racism, sexism and homophobia are going to work with majority of the folks. RNC releases this misogynistic video to make their point about Nancy Pelosi.
Politico is reporting
She's the 69-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives, second in the line of succession and the most powerful woman in U.S. history.
But when you see Nancy Pelosi, the Republican National Committee wants you to think "Pussy Galore."
At least that's the takeaway from a video released by the committee this week - a video that puts Pelosi side-by-side with the aforementioned villainess from the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger."
The RNC video, which begins with the speaker's head in the iconic spy-series gun sight, implies that Pelosi has used her feminine wiles to dodge the truth about whether or not she was briefed by the CIA on the use of waterboarding in 2002. While the P-word is never mentioned directly, in one section the speaker appears in a split screen alongside the Bond nemesis - and the video's tagline is "Democrats Galore."
The wisdom of equating the first woman speaker of the House with a character whose first name also happens to be among the most vulgar terms for a part of the female anatomy might be debated - if the RNC were willing to do so, which it was not. An RNC spokesperson refused repeated requests by POLITICO to explain the point of the video, or the intended connection between Pelosi and Galore.
Other Republican and conservative mouthpieces like Jim Quinn and Neil Boortz have resorted to call Pelosi a "hag" and "bitch" in the last two weeks or Mike Huckabee commenting on her "fancy" dresses.
However this type of sexist and misogynist stereotyping is a common technique to demean and de-legitimize the work of strong and powerful women.
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, believes that those who attack female leaders on gender grounds do so out of weakness.
"In a way, it shows the desperation of the opposition," she says. "If all else fails, you do something on their looks, or you remind them of sex."
Phil Singer, who dealt with the issue as a spokesman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, takes it one step further, arguing that such tactics are actually likely to be counterproductive in the end.
"As the degree of viciousness escalates and increases, I think women - and most people living in the modern era, including men - are more likely to rally to Pelosi's cause," he says.
At least one Republican Congressman had come out to condemn the video. Thank you, Rep. Chaffetz.
After viewing an RNC video that juxtaposed the speaker with the James Bond villainess, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told POLITICO Saturday:
"I thought it was reprehensible, irresponsible and unpersuasive. If we're going to regain the credibility of the American people, we're going to have to stop with silly antics like that. It may get a snide chuckle inside the Beltway, but it offends most people. We have to get away from the politics of personal destruction," he said of the video.
The party of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney: Have you no deceny left?