Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TN Dem: “You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women.”

Quote of the Day

"You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can't find out by how they vote."
-- Rep. Janis Baird Sontany, (D-Nashville)

State Rep. Janis Sontany was referring to the sad fact that Republican women vote just like Republican men -- even on matters relegated to women's traditional sphere, like pre-K classes:

Sontany said in an interview that the remark came during a discussion of state-funded pre-kindergarten classes, which some Republicans have criticized. Sontany said she noted that Sumner County has the only county school system in the state with no pre-K classes. School systems must opt into the program to receive state funding. Sumner County is represented by Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, in the House and Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, in the Senate.

"It was not a well-thought out remark," said Sontany. "I did not mean to offend and, if I have offended, I am sorry." Sontany said she and Maggart "have worked well together" on various legislative endeavors and the remark "was inappropriate on my part" and "I really shouldn't have made it."

Republicans never seem to suffer from outrage fatigue, so naturally the Tennessee GOP is somewhat outraged, while conservative bloggers are seriously outraged:

Michele Malkin: TN Dem attacks female Republicans: "When liberals can’t handle GOP women, they infantilize, sexualize, demonize, and dehumanize them."

RedState: "Democrats hate women. . . Sexism exists, and the worst attacks on women come from other women - the misogynists that parade around under the veil of “feminism.”