Tanya M. Acker
A “hag,” is how one conservative commentator described Speaker Pelosi, as he discussed the current controversy over “what she knew and when she knew it” with respect to the CIA’s interrogation techniques.
Really? A “hag”?
The issue of whether the Speaker is a hypocrite has very little to do with whether the interrogation techniques at issue are illegal – but fine. If you want to go down the road of discussing who may or may not be a hypocrite in Washington I think that people on both sides of the aisle would welcome that debate.
But must we really indulge the sexism and misogyny? Just as many conservatives have found a way to criticize President Obama without resorting to racist and other hateful rhetoric, one certainly can have a debate about the Speaker’s good faith without the silly references to “Botox” and facelifts.
(And, by the way, it might be a bit more understandable if those engaging in these attacks could themselves boast of possessing a George Clooney/Clive Owen/Brad Pitt/Daniel Craig aesthetic. But methinks they do not. Indeed, what is the male version of a hag? A balding pot-bellied ass? And as between pharmaceuticals, one might wonder if Botox is preferable to Oxycontin).
Come now, gentlemen.
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