NRSC Plays the Feminism Card

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee — which, so far, has been struggling to find any challenger to appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — is attempting to make an issue out of a frothy story about Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) tiff with a female flight attendant while Gillibrand remained mum.

For a politician who claims to have a “family first” agenda and who claims to fight for women’s rights, Kirsten Gillibrand’s silence is stunning.  It appears clear that when push comes to shove, she’s far more worried about offending her political mentor, Chuck Schumer, than standing up for women in the workplace. It’s our hope that those womens’ rights organizations that have already endorsed her campaign for the Senate will ask Kirsten Gillibrand why she believes it’s acceptable to call a female flight attendant a “bitch.”

This has been a pretty good year for the NRSC, but attempting to label a pro-abortion rights female senator a bad feminist because someone else used the b-word around her is a mighty big push. This interview, which the NRSC links to by way of making the argument, doesn’t provide much grist for the argument that “getting angry about the b-word” is a top feminist issue.

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mantis
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

Apparently the NRSC thinks that “women in the workplace” have a right to not have customers make comments about them. Equal pay, sexual harassment, and legal recourse after being raped by co-workers, they couldn't care less about.


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devtob
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

If Senate Republican campaign flacks think they can win an argument with Democrats about feminism and women's rights, or a silly-item news cycle, please bring it on.

Aside from most GOP Senators' retrograde policy views, there are also the scandalous adulteries of Ensign and Vitter.

One can only imagine how many other GOP Senate adulteries have been kept away from the media due to payoffs of one kind or another.

Also, one can only imagine what male GOP Senators say about women in private.


monkey99
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

This is such a non-issue. Schumer apologised, didn't he? That's more than Repubs can say. They would refuse on some vacuous detail, and try to make something out of nothing…..just like this “situation”.


monkey99
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

This is such a non-issue. Schumer apologised, didn't he? That's more than Repubs can say. They would refuse on some vacuous detail, and try to make something out of nothing…..just like this “situation”.


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