RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore..

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.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/050 9/22882.html#ixzz0GNh6y0YV&B

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.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/050 9/22882_Page2.html#ixzz0GNiY0vTQ&B

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.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/050 9/22894.html#ixzz0GNjAUFPF&B

The party of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney: Have you no deceny left?

Tags: misogynistic, Nancy Pelosi, RNC, sexism (all tags)

Comments

23 Comments

RNC reveals its true self once again as a

sexist, misogynist organization. Mr. Steele, thank you very much.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-23 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: RNC reveals its true self once again as a

I thought it was the character Jill Masterson, not Pussy Galore, who ended up the gilded corpse in Goldfinger.  Not that it is any less puzzling why the RNC would waste it's time and energy with this crap.

by Shaun Appleby 2009-05-23 06:33PM | 0 recs
You're absolutely right. But then I don't know

what really RNC is trying to imply. In the actual novel PussyGalore is the head of a lesbian gang known as "The Cement Mixers" who were enlisted by Goldfinger for the Operation Grand Slam. In the movie, her sexual orientation and historical background was not referenced. And you're right about Jill M's fate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Galor e

by louisprandtl 2009-05-23 07:11PM | 0 recs
Who the hell is in charge over there?

They have clearly lost all bearings.  Not to mention all common sense.

Do the Democrats have the wherewithal to respond with appropriate outrage?  I somehow doubt it.

by Radiowalla 2009-05-23 07:10PM | 0 recs
Good question. The combinatorial effect of

Rush, Newt and Cheney had obliterated Steele. Somebody stated elsewhere that Republicans are following the example of the Whig party. Wouldn't mind if that happens.

I hope there is a firm yet measured response to this from the Democrats. This type of discourse is simply not acceptable and has no place in the public square.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-23 07:22PM | 0 recs
I don't expect much of a response, sadly.

It's a long weekend, the Supreme Court nomination is pending, Nancy Pelosi isn't that popular these days, even among Democrats, and Americans are more worried about their 401ks.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Democratic party sucks at defending its own.  

If this were happening to a Republican, you can bet that the response would be coordinated and fierce.  

If I'm wrong, I'll be delighted!

by Radiowalla 2009-05-23 07:40PM | 0 recs
As I noted I would prefer that Democrats give

a firm but measured reply. Hysterical histrionics do not serve any purpose. I hope to see in next couple of days a firm response from the Democrats. If that does not happen, I'll have to reluctantly agree with you on the Democratic party's attributes. I hope you're proven wrong:)

Longtime, no see.  Hopefully you'll stay here long enough to observe the recent changes in this blog.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-23 07:56PM | 0 recs
Changes?

You're right, I haven't been around lately.   If there have been changes, that's mighty  nice!  I'll make a point to look for them.

by Radiowalla 2009-05-24 11:53AM | 0 recs
outrageous.

not the biggest fan of the speaker's.  but this is just unbelievable.  more proof that this party is past the point of no return.

by canadian gal 2009-05-23 07:47PM | 0 recs
yep. RNC has left the building of sanity and

civil discourse long time ago.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-23 08:02PM | 0 recs
Re: RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore..

Easy to figure out who's responsible for this.  Just figure out who in the RNC has the biggest James Bond fantasies.  That would be....

....

fuck.  I give up.

by Jess81 2009-05-23 08:07PM | 0 recs
yeah it is not hard to see why uptight sexually

repressed puritanical folks at RNC will have James Bond fantasies.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-24 05:30AM | 0 recs
Honestly

if I were her, I'd say "I'd like to thank the RNC for comparing me to the someone as fabulous as Honor Blackman"

Praise Ms. Blackman as a pioneering woman in film and move on.

by DTOzone 2009-05-23 10:07PM | 0 recs
Ms. Blackman was truly a pioneering

character considering when the novel was written.

by louisprandtl 2009-05-24 05:31AM | 0 recs
Re: RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore..

I honestly don't think the Republicans made this with the intent to call Pelosi a "pussy" or whatever.  After all, they obliviously threw all those tea-bagging parties.  Nope, I think they are merely dense.  

by dayspring 2009-05-24 06:18AM | 0 recs
They're...

the party of 13 year old boys.  13 year old boys (I should know having been one) aren't misogynists, they are immature and idiotic.

In fact, one scratches the surface of this ad and all one finds is more surface.

by AZphilosopher 2009-05-24 08:41AM | 0 recs
13 year old boys with sexual identity issues...

So much homophobia, so much fake macho-ism...

Just a bit of overcompensation, don't you think?

by WashStateBlue 2009-05-24 09:05AM | 0 recs
Agreed...

though I would say most 13 year old boys have sexual identity issues of some sort (though maybe not the big ones).  The key is that well adjusted men STOP BEING 13.

by AZphilosopher 2009-05-24 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: They're...

I think you are onto something.  Even Karl Rove was referred to as the "boy genius".  

by selfevident 2009-05-24 12:58PM | 0 recs
The RNC is not smart enough to plan this,

but the response from the left has made this a viral hit and now many more people have seen it.

by tpeichel 2009-05-24 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: The RNC is not smart enough to plan this,

I assume you think that's a bad thing?

by Jess81 2009-05-24 08:02AM | 0 recs
Have you no deceny left?

They had none to begin with.

by WashStateBlue 2009-05-24 09:03AM | 0 recs
Casting the RNC as Limbaugh's fiefdom

was a brilliant move. This mean-spirited crap will warm the cockles of the hearts of the base, but will only accelerate the mass purge of moderates.

by Sumo Vita 2009-05-24 08:13PM | 0 recs

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