Come On, GOP Female Candidates, Start Acting Like LADIES!!

@anniepa (26629)
United States
October 27, 2010 10:50pm CST
Did I get your attention with my title? Before you go all mama grizzly or pit-bull on me or Christine O'Donnell's high school classmates decide to put a curse on me, I should say there's one female Democrat whose name I can't remember who is also a guilty party in this. "Man up!" "Put your man pants on!" "...impotent and limp media members..." It's been a pretty much constant refrain as late, female politicians or candidates "questioning the manhood" of their male opponents or adversaries. Sharron Angle has said over and over again, including during their debate, "Man up, Harry Reid." Sarah Palin has said it; the unknown Democrat has said it. Christine O'Donnell put out a press release before her primary win for her opponent Mike Castle - "This isn't a bake-off. Put on your man pants." Isn't this pretty much the equivalent of men telling these women to "Act like ladies"? Annie
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• United States
28 Oct 10
I think all of them need to stop acting like (censord myself, but I am sure you can imagine what it is) and start acting like rational, well behaved adults. Heck I would settle for them acting like professionals. They need to stop acting like kids fighting on a play ground. Heck I will put into word THEY can understand....Put your big girl and big boy pants on and start acting like decent people instead rejects from the jerry springer show.
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
I'd settle for them to start acting like adults, or even some teenagers! You have a point, Jerry Springer would reject this crew....lol! Annie
• United States
29 Oct 10
I have to tell you I am BEYOND fed up with the BS in politics lately. Why should we elected immature, nasty, gutter trash to be our elected officials? They are going to behave the same way in office. Is that how we want our country run? It is the reason our country is in the shape it is in.It is not exceptable behavior. We would not allow our kids to behave that way ( I know I don't) so why is it exceptable from them? They are adults...they know better. We need calm, rational debate with REAL compromise from both sides. We need real bipartisanship. We need to grandstanding, sensationalism, fear mongers, finger pointing and bashing to stop. Not only is it unprofessional but it does not solve our problems. But both sides are full of it. Stick to the issues. Debate like adults..find compromises that solve our issues. That is what we need. We need to be able to calmly be able to agree to disagree on things if need be. But all the jerry springer crap has got to stop. They need to stop voting as a "party" and start working as a whole as a team. But that won't happen until we vote ethical, sane, professional, mature people as our representatives. I am turned off by BOTH parties right now. They are both the same. Unprofessional, immature, win at all costs jerks. Both sides are "party creatures". I always vote...but I have to tell you I am having a hard time voting this time. I refuse to vote for jerks...no matter what party they belong to.
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
Maybe all states need a "none of the above" option like Nevada does. Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Oct 10
" or Christine O'Donnell's high school classmates decide to put a curse on me" Mura ndéanann sé dóchar d'éinne, déan mar is toil leat
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
Come on, X, please translate. I can take it, honest! Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Oct 10
It's gaelic, loosely translated it means "and harming none, do what you will". It's the last line in the Wiccan Riede, the doctrine of my faith.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
28 Oct 10
GOP women have for years gotten themselves elected and reelected without resorting to hurling abusive put downs about their male counterparts manhood. We have the two ladies from Maine Snowe and Collin, Kay Belle Hutchinson from Texas, and use to have Lisa from Alaska each of which have had male opponent and none of which have acted like the candidates this current crop of female GOP candidates. This is the Ann Coulterization of the GOP. Women new to the stage of the GOP now think that the way to be popular with the Hannity's of the world is to act just like Ann Coulter. A couple of week ago I was watching Red Eye on FNC, Ann was one of the guest and she was lamenting how she wishes that more GOP men would act like O'Donnell, Palin, and Angle. She went on to say "Where are the real men right now."
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
"The Ann Coulterization of the GOP" - would you mind if I borrowed that from time to time? I agree totally about the women you mentioned and there are others like them. I like and respect them even if I don't always agree with them on the issues. Let's face it, there aren't enough women in high elected positions in relation to our population, but we've sure come a long way since I came of age and there have been so many women from both parties who have made me very proud, as a woman and as an American. Again, regardless of whether I shared their views on all the issues. A woman can be "tough" enough to handle the responsibilities of whatever job she's seeking without attacking the manhood of her opponents and adversaries. Back when I first became familiar with Ann Coulter there was another conservative female commentator with long blond hair, Barbara Olsen. At first I'll admit I got them mixed up now and then because they were both on lots of shows and they did look a little bit alike. However, I soon became very aware of the difference between them. Barbara, who tragically lost her life in one of the planes on 9/11, was witty and got her point across but she was never nasty or mean-spirited, while Ann was...well, you know, the same Ann she is today. I remember how on the first episode of Bill Maher's "Politically Correct" following 9/11 Maher decided to leave an open chair in honor of Barbara Olsen, who had actually been on her way to appear on the show when it happened. He spoke of how much fun she was and how much he liked and respected her even though they agreed politically on almost nothing. We need Olsenization not Coulterization! Annie
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
29 Oct 10
I would be honored. I must confess that I did not remember Barbara until I read what you wrote about her being on one of the 9/11 planes. Her husband Ted Olsen which was W's lawyer during the Supreme Court decision that decided the 00 election was also the lawyer that lead the fight to overturn Prop 8 but I digress. Your right Barbara did look similar to Ann but their looks were the only thing that they were similar on. Ann just acts like a jerk, maybe even a word that sounds like witch.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
29 Oct 10
Yes it is, Annie, but girls do it too! I know that this is a political discussion but I've said worse to burly bikers and snooty ranchers at the rodeo down here in cowboy country. So has that girl in my avatar...who is a relative. She can ride as well, if not better, than most guys and she's not shy about voicing her opinions.
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
I've been pretty outspoken to my male co-workers at the Post Office. Women were outnumbered about 7 to 1 so we couldn't be shy or we'd be walked on for sure. Annie
@jb78000 (15178)
28 Oct 10
it is the game. it is childish and silly, but looks to me like they are all playing it.
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
29 Oct 10
It kind of reminds me of high school, when all the popular girls in the cliques would have to copy each other. One says, "Man up, (insert name here)" and everyone has to say something like that. If we women really want to be treated as equals, I don't think acting like the best thing to do is to act like a macho man is the best way to accomplish that goal. Annie
@irishidid (8119)
• United States
28 Oct 10
I think some of "ladies" from both sides need to act more lady-like and the men to act more like gentlemen. Then they all need to remove their heads from where the sun don't shine and start actually working for the American people like they are supposed to.
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@anniepa (26629)
• United States
28 Oct 10
I'm not going to argue with you there. Annie
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
28 Oct 10
Well, you raise an interesting question. I'm not sure what is appropriate behavior for a lady in the midst of a political battle. Many traditional pictures of a lady would not have her in the brawl in the first place. We could try a dog analogy, and I am not promoting dog fights here. What if we have two dogs in a ringed in area, and they are fighting. One dog is male, and the other female. The fight is fierce and each dog seems serious about winning. Someone yells to the female dog - act like a lady! What is the female dog to do different. If the female dog backs off and is not so nasty, I think it won't be long before the fight will end and we will pay. Critcism and cutting remarks are entirely part of the political process, and the election must go on. I think Sarah Palin has made a nice demonstration, in the sense that she never tried to present herself as someone who is also not a wife and mother.
@anniepa (26629)
• United States
28 Oct 10
First of all, I'm sure you know I'm not really saying female politicians should "act like ladies". I'm certainly not one of those who wouldn't have women in the "brawl" of politics in the first place. I'm just not sure attacking their male counterparts' masculinity is the right way to go. Telling someone to "man up", put his "man pants" on or making references about "cajones" could be perceived as implying it takes a MAN to do the very jobs these women are trying to get. I used the "acting like ladies" comparison because in my view women in politics should rise above the kind of sexist remarks they wouldn't like and don't like themselves. In other words, be tough when it's necessary but show you don't have to be a man or have "cajones" to be tough. I'm not sure what you mean about Sarah Palin. I can't think of any married female with children in politics who has tried to present herself as someone who was not. Annie