Political Candidates — Do Not Refer To Your Female Opponent As A “Whore.” Is That So Hard?

Apparently it is for the Jerry Brown campaign.  This will leave a mark

In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine, . . . an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a “whore” for cutting a deal protecting law enforcement pensions as the two candidates competed for police endorsements.

It will leave a mark on the Jerry Brown campaign, that is. 

Here is some free advice to all present and future politicians — do not, under any circumstances, refer to your female opponent as a “whore.”  Don’t do it; don’t even consider it; don’t even do it in private. 

Frankly, “whore” is a term we often use in litigation with respect to expert witnesses, and I don’t think it is all that offensive when used in the manner intended here.  I personally think the word fits lots of politicians of either gender or party.  But if you don’t know what the reaction to using the term with respect to your female opponent in a political campaign will be, then you are simply an idiot.  The response will not be positive.

And of course, this is yet another opportunity to play the “what if a Republican did it?” game.  We know that the next few weeks would be consumed with outraged coverage and commentary in the media.  Jerry Brown is very fortunate that perpetually outraged feminists will want to sit this one out.  But it will still have a negative impact on his campaign.

Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

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Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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