Politics While We’re on the Subject of Sexism…
posted by October 16 at 15:55 PMon
[Darcy Burner] has been on the planet 35 years. I’ve served the public for 35 years.
After getting Burner’s press release on this, I still wasn’t sure whether she was trying to say that Reichert’s comment was sexist or ageist, so I called up Burner’s spokeswoman, who told me that it’s both (and added that Burner will be holding an event with women’s leaders tomorrow calling on Reichert to apologize).
The Burner campaign is also comparing Reichert’s comment to a gaffe made by former Republican Rep. Rod Chandler during his 1992 debate with Patty Murray. (Don’t remember that one? Don’t worry, neither did I, but Joel Connelly remembers and the gaffe apparently involved a Roger Miller song and the phrase “woman would you weep for me.”)
The Burner campaign points out that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (R-Spokane) was elected at age 33, and that if Reichert, 55, wanted to compare records, he could have compared his record in law enforcement to Burner’s record at Microsoft, rather than dismissing her simply because of her shorter time “on the planet.”
What do you think, Slog readers? Is this Reichert comment sexist? Ageist? Bad form? Smart politics? Is Burner making something out of nothing?