RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore....

by: louisprandtl

Sat May 23, 2009 at 21:10:36 PM EDT

Crossposted to MyDD

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.

louisprandtl :: RNC calls Nancy Pelosi - PussyGalore....
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/s...

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/s...

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/s...

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

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RNC once again confirms itself as a misogynistic mouthpiece: Enough said! (2.00 / 9)

I gotta lookup DNC attack ads. (2.00 / 3)
I know politics are tough, but is it really SOP to be tabloid with your party's message?  Is this the way both these parties behave historically?

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Honestly, I don't know what to think of Republican party these days.... (2.00 / 4)

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I'm sure the DNC has it's share of bad ad's. But not misigynistic or racial, (2.00 / 4)
for obvious reasons. So when Move On attacks General Petraeus on tactics and from an antiwar position in general, does it rise to the level of disgust as a racial or sexist attack from the RNC?

The problem I see is that this type of attack tends to reflect the mentality of a significant portion of the GOP. Maybe not the majority, but obviously their leadership. Its early, but Boehner and McConnell are silent so far. Their silence speaks volumes.

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You're right in your analysis. The silence of Republican (2.00 / 4)
leadership speaks volumes..

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more proof... (2.00 / 7)
this party is in the abysss and there is no turning back.

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

There has to be a turning back, (2.00 / 4)
or a replacement.  We need a second party, I just think they need to burn down to the firebrick before they rebuild and there is still old charcoal down there.  I want to see a reasonable alternative in seven years, there's no way in hell they'll turn around in three.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I'm a supporter of multi-party democracy. I hope few more (2.00 / 3)
parties rise (Center left, left, center right, right) rise out of the ashes of Republican party.

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Oo, ick. (2.00 / 2)
I respect your opinion, but multi-party makes my nose bleed.  For all it's faults I love the binary choice, it leads to a direction being tried.  Coalitions of parties just lead to squabbling and weak tea.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I understand where you're coming from..but for me true democracy (2.00 / 3)
is melting pot of different ideals and opinions. A multi party system might look chaotic and confusing (weak sauce as you put it) but inherently more democratic. Right now our choices between the Democratic and Republican parties is little bit limited. These two parties take Americans far too much granted.

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To be clear, my real beef is with parliamentary systems (2.00 / 2)
where the "winning" party of an election has to haggle with their opponents to form a government.  We don't have that sort of system regardless of how many parties there are (we have many more than two, already).  I don't know how I would feel about, say, four parties where the presidential winner is elected with 27% of the vote.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Agreed. In Presidential elections, they can runoffs with the top (2.00 / 1)
two candidates..I'm more in favor of proportional representation in a multiparty system.

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One Republican recognizes classlessness when he sees it. (2.00 / 3)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) let loose on those in the "bowels" of the RNC:

"Policy and public comments are fair game, and there are creative ways to amplify it, but I despise it when Democrats and organizations like MoveOn.org use these types of tactics," Chaffetz said. "I would like our party to be more consistent in calling out inappropriate behavior like this. We've got to show some leadership and get serious about the issues at hand. It just bothers me that we have someone in the bowels of the organization on payroll working on stuff like this."

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

I think the next few months (2.00 / 3)
Are going to be the crucible.

There is a fight in the party, and the wing nuts are certainly having their day, but the more reasoned are doing their best to rein in, and shove the Crazy Right to the spotlight to soak up the press and scorn. This is a case of folks who've wanted the spotlight finally getting what they want, and I'm hoping they get it good and hard...

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The AEI (2.00 / 5)
was a Devil's Bargain.

It brought strategy, and it helped craft not just policy but by lashing itself with the Religious Right, and convincing them that they were in it together, they managed to lash the party, and some well heeled backers, into unprecedented ground.

I think of GW as Quaylebot2000. Actually, GW was better than Quayle in some regards, because he actually had ties with folks that the AEI and NeoCons really wanted. But GW's Presidency was pretty much what I expected that they really wanted Quayle's Presidency to be. Only it was deferred, and it had a major terrorist incident before the end of the first year--and that was in no little part to the back burner that GW put the intelligence community. He was too busy trying to line up economic moves, that he forgot about actual fallout.

That was soon corrected, and exploited. Mainly because while as a think tank, the AEI and their fellow travelers had rarely had a chance to actually implement their policies. Not on the scale that they were able to with GW and the Religious Right's backing.

And we're soaking in those decisions now. There is a reason that the AEI didn't have a lot of credit with a good many Conservatives for years. Because they are not good scholars, they are fair lawyers, but not real good with ethics or actually assessing what the real fallout is going to be from their Dreams of Power. They have been theoreticians, and we are soaking in what happens when you let them run amok.

Philosopher Kings sound wonderful, but in practice, it tends to go pear shaped. And GW and his, tended to favor some grand ideology, over the reality based community...

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to be honest, RNC would be a party of reckoning if folks like (2.00 / 2)
yourself were dominating the conversation.

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If I'm reading something and find it is from AEI (2.00 / 1)
it raises a red flag. I don't remember ever reading something that came out of AEI that didn't contain false or misleading information.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.

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They are intellectually bankrupt... (2.00 / 2)

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My mind should be boggled (2.00 / 4)
I should be shocked....
But I am not....
Sexism continues to rear its nasty head....
and with a republican party still giving voice to people who believe that paternalism is essential to society.......and accept the sanctimony and hypocrisy of their leaders....

no surprise, none at all.

"You can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, or democracy. But you cannot have both."
- Louis Brandeis

Speaking of Pussies (2.00 / 5)
Speaking of pussies, there are no bigger pussies in all of America than Fat Limbaugh, Newt and Big Dick Cheney.

The drug-addicted Limbaugh has two deferments from combat in Vietnam.  One was a college deferment and the other was for a cyst on his ass.  When his country needed him the most, he ran and hid.  Newt, also has two deferments from combat.  One for being a student and the other for being a father.  I'm sure there were plenty of fathers and students fighting in Vietnam who would have loved to not be there.  When his country needed him the most, Newt ran and hid.  And then we have Big Dick Cheney, the most manly of them all.  Five deferments from combat.  Never once wearing the uniform or taking is tough, manly mantra to combat for the country he believes should always be in perpetual war.

Cowards till the end.


How did America "need" to be in Vietnam? (0.00 / 0)
Forgive me if I'm just uninformed (and I wasn't old enough then to really be up on all the issues), but how was it that our "country needed him the most" during Vietnam? What were we really fighting for, there? How did that impact national security?


I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.

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That's a good point. (2.00 / 2)
I think it could be reworded as: When he had the chance to serve in the military during wartime...

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.

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Wow that's pretty ridiculous (2.00 / 4)
What kind of result would they expect from such a crappy ad. I just don't get what they're thinking. That's just really shitty judgement.

"The past is indestructible; sooner or later all things will return, including the plan to abolish the past" -Jorge Luis Borges

Yeesh. (2.00 / 4)
And they are trying to accomplish what, exactly?

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

That has to be one of the dumbest ads I've seen. (2.00 / 4)
If I hadn't read the diary I wouldn't have gotten the Pussy Galore connection.  How many people even know who she was?  And what did the Robert Gibbs' quotes have to do with anything?

With this and the "daisy" ad redux it seems the RNC is about 40 years behind, in ads and ideas.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

Sexism in American politics? Really? (2.00 / 3)
I wonder if the left is going to acknowledge this problem now that the target is not a Clinton.


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