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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:42 AM
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Specter: Sorry for 'act like a lady' remark
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Sen. Arlen Specter called Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) yesterday to apologize for his comments during a radio interview last week, the senator's office said, and she called back and "accepted the apology."

Specter's office gave no further details, saying the conversation between the two had been private.

On a Philadelphia talk show Wednesday, Specter admonished Bachmann to "act like a lady" during an exchange over the health-care overhaul legislation, a remark that Republicans, Specter's Democratic primary opponent, and some pundits deemed patronizing at best and demeaning to women at worst. Bachmann told Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on Thursday that she had been "stunned by the arrogance" of Specter's remarks.

By apologizing to Bachmann, Specter clearly hoped to put the controversy behind him before it could remind women of their anger over his treatment of Anita Hill during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas 19 years ago. Such a comparison would be a political liability as he faces a tough primary challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) in seeking a fifth term.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/82575062.html
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:45 AM
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1. And we know how troubled Republicans always are
when people are patronizing and demeaning to women. It grieves them terribly.

:sarcasm:
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:54 AM
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2. Oh please
This takes cowardly spinelessness to a whole new level.

Way to set the record straight, Arlen -- Michelle Bachmann is right and the Democrats are wrong.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:58 AM
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3. Did she apologize
for being rude and obnoxious? I doubt it.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:00 PM
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4. What he should have said was "Be quiet & use the decorum
you owe to the people you represent. Of course that's not Arlan. He's an old man and that's the kind of stuff they said when he was young.
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Democrat_in_Houston Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:19 PM
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20. If he admonishes men to "act like a gentleman" then I wouldn't find it offensive
And since I really am not all that familiar with his jargon, I'm neutral on this.
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rayofreason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:13 PM
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5. Maybe...
...all this mess will help Sestak, who at last look was behind in the polls (though it is very early).

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/poll-specter...
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:15 PM
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6. Well, Specter "acted like a gentleman"
so, they're even.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:15 PM
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7. Why is one remark about how one person acts taken as an insult to all
who fit into the same category as the one the remark was actually about?

Women should act like ladies and men should act like gentlemen.

Flame away!
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:18 PM
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9. Exactly. The statement was about an expected level of decorum.
I don't see it as sexist.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:23 PM
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12. It's not sexist, it's very, very condescending.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 12:24 PM by robcon
It's as if I told you, Mercutio, to "be a good boy" and shut up.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:27 PM
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14. Ok, that I'll buy.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:26 PM
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13. sorry that you don't understand the sexism involved in that remark--and right now, I don't have the
time to explain it to you--perhaps someone else can.

in the meantime, you can always look up "ladies against women"

We Truly Tasteful Ladies Do Hereby Demand:


Repeal the Ladies' vote. It is suffering and not suffrage that keeps us up on our pedestals. And if God hadn't wanted us up on pedestals, He wouldn't have make us shorter than our husbands.

Abolish the environment. It takes up too much space, and is almost impossible to keep clean.

Free Ladies from wage slavery. The 60-odd cents we earn for every manly dollar is entirely too much. It is unladylike to accept money for work.

Maintain illiteracy as a high school graduation requirement. An uninformed populace is an obedient populace, and a self-censoring one, too. After all, ignorance is a virtue: what you can't read, can't hurt you.

Insist on universal free childcare. No one should be paid to do what a real Lady does in her home for free.

Weed out uppity women through the establishment of HULA Committee: the House Committee on Un-Ladylike Activities.

Procreation, not recreation. Where did so many gals get the idea that s_x is supposed to be f_n? It's time to close your eyes and do your duty!

...

http://www.ladiesagainstwomen.com/
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:17 PM
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8. Spineless Jellyfish!
OH YA...he's going to apologize and yet, take a look at the CRAP that she has vomited.

Has she EVER apologized for the the garbage that she has attacked people with? NEVER!

Spector...you make me sick! Wimp! Spineless!

WTF is wrong with these Democrats? WIMPY!
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:32 PM
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16. You're not suggesting that Specter adopt the attitude of Bachman, are you?
Specter was right to withdraw the highly demeaning and condescending phrase he used - no matter what Bachmann has said.
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:21 PM
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10. Gawds - he really is a Democrat now. n/t

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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:21 PM
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11. Between Sestak and Specter, I am afraid I could not pick
Neither should be elected as a Democrat...
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:28 PM
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15. If Spectre had remained an R ... (and he made the comment about Pelosi, instead)
this would not be a news story ... other than the argument in the media that the object of his comment doesn't wear flattering enough outfits ...
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:01 PM
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17. Hardily agree, look at some of the things they've said about Pelosi and Clinton.
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WileEcoyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:03 PM
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18. Toss pot calling the kettle black
One spineless, lying tool speaking to another.

Specter's behavior during the Warren Commission "investigation" (con job is the better term) was disgraceful. He hasn't changed since.
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:17 PM
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19. So if that's all one has to say to have to apologize, when will Scott
Brown apologize for pimping his daughters.
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