November 18, 2009

Women in Politics

Hatched by Dave Ross

The other day a lady called on the phone; during a conversation about something else, she asked me, “Mr. Ross, do you dislike women politicians?”

I immediately replied that I liked Sarah Palin, to which she shot back, “But that’s only because she’s foxy!” I should have said, “I really like her since I saw her on the cover of Newsweek!” But instead I replied that I also liked Margaret Thatcher, the former, great conservative British prime minister, who by no one’s estimation, even when she was a young woman, could have been called “foxy” or even attractive.

The lady’s point was that I had once again (in an editorial) attacked Hillary Clinton by pointing out how shrill she can be. She concluded that I don’t like women in politics.

This seems to be a common theme among Democrats too; just last week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL, 100%) issued the statement that the GOP is a "party that doesn't respect women” and said that it is “repulsed” by women.

That’s silly. I dislike liberal women politicians, because they are liberals, not because they are women. The fact that most liberal women are shrill and unattractive and make taking a vow of celibacy look fetching at times only underscores my point.

And that point is that currently, most of the prominent women in politics are liberals. Or at least it was until fairly recently; but with the rise of Sarah Palin -- and two weeks ago Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN, 100%), who organized the huge protests in Washington to try to defeat the House health care plan -- it’s just plain inaccurate to say that there aren’t good, prominent women conservatives in politics. And I like ‘em.

On the other hand, it isn’t hard to divine that liberals and Democrats have their own problem with women in politics who are, as my interlocutor of last week said, “foxy.” This could be because their most prominent representatives are people like Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer, who are to “foxy” as Edsel is to T-Bird. Or, to brutalize a dead horse, Hillary again... about whom no one will ever write, “Hillary Clinton, in a glamorous off the shoulders Georgio Armani pantsuit straight off the runway." But that’s all right; we want secretaries of state to be intimidating. (I’m being unkind: None of them would stop a clock, although she might make it lose an hour or two a day.)

I’ve had fun with Mrs. Bill Clinton’s less attractive characteristics -- mainly her ability to sound like most men’s ex-wives -- as well as her tendency towards authoritarianism. That and the fact that every week she reminds me more and more of former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. [Or perhaps former Secretary of State Warren Christopher. -- DaH]

But I digress.

That’s a whole level of discussion removed from the way the media, and especially liberals, piled onto Sarah Palin, attacking her for her supposed lack of intelligence and dignity (compared to the man who is now vice president) and implying that she was a bad mother because she brought a Downs syndrome baby to term. Or for being from the Podunk state of Alaska, home of the snowbillies. No good universities there to get prestigious degrees from, like say, Bryn Mawr [a.k.a. Vowelless U. -- DaH].

She was also, almost by definition, attacked for being beautiful, as though it is wrong to be both smart and sexy. Oh, and conservative! And lest we forget, that Mrs. Palin speaks like one of the common people. Those sort of attacks will probably also now be aimed at Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who, needless to say, is also a very attractive woman.

I know not what course other men may take, but give me beautiful women in my Republican party, or give me death. That’s preferable to Hillary, Barbara, and Nancy put together -- a rather daunting visual image.

Hatched by Dave Ross on this day, November 18, 2009, at the time of 3:08 PM

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The following hissed in response by: John Weidner

Margaret Thatcher was actually a very attractive woman. It just doesn't come through in her photos somehow. But I've read comments by men who have met her, who were very impressed by her looks. Especially they mention her flawless skin...

The above hissed in response by: John Weidner [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2009 4:21 PM

The following hissed in response by: Captain Ned

Hmm, I see an opportunity here. A Republican vs. Democrat pin-up calendar war. It's clear that the Dems don't have anything on the frontbenche but I've no idea of their backbench. Republicans, OTOH, have some serious frontbench.

I think some Question Time is in order here.

The above hissed in response by: Captain Ned [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2009 4:24 PM

The following hissed in response by: Sabba Hillel

I remember seeing some articles about how the (eventually) winning side in a dispute seems to be the one that has the attractive women on its side.
It is called the "Babe theory of political protests and I found references at

and even the left seem to admit that the right has the babes on its side

The above hissed in response by: Sabba Hillel [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2009 5:45 AM

The following hissed in response by: AD

"...Hillary, Barbara, and Nancy ... together..."

Now, there's a three-some to run away from.

The above hissed in response by: AD [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2009 10:30 AM

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