Say what you will about Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), but there’s no denying she’s a fighter. While talking to Sean Hannity, she responded to Sen. Arlen Specter’s condescending demand that she shut up and “act like a lady” (hat tip to Freedom’s Lighthouse for the audio):
I was treated, really, like a little girl, I was patronized, and basically told to go sit down and shut up in a corner. And, and I thought, this is how you treat women? I-it was, it’s appalling. People got to hear this audio clip of Arlen Specter, and I know my office was trying to track it down…I couldn’t believe it. I just came in and sat down for this interview, and you can, you can hear it in Arlen Specter’s voice. Senator Specter turned on me…your listeners have to hear this audio clip; I think it will be the end of Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania.
Unlike some of my fellow conservatives, I’m not entirely convinced this specifically shows sexism on Specter’s part—I’m more inclined to think he generally feels superior to everyone, whether they’re female colleagues or his own constituents, and isn’t particularly concerned with how crassly that feeling manifests itself.
But patronizing? Appalling? You better believe it. After all, this is the same guy who tried to raise campaign cash under the guise of raising money for cancer research. This sort of thing shouldn’t surprise us from progressive politicians. They’re in power and you’re not because they’re better than you—smarter, more well-informed, more enlightened. The conversation on what America needs ought to be over, and those who haven’t jumped on board are either so delusional or corrupt that they aren’t worth taking seriously, their bitter clinging to old principles due either to delusion or corruption, not conscience or reason. They are the enemy, for whom conventional rules of civility no longer apply.
It should come as little surprise that Pennsylvania voters seem to have had enough—conservative Republican Pat Toomey (whom longtime NewsReal sparring partner David Frum has repeatedly condemned for daring to run at all) currently leads Specter by nine points. The turncoat’s condescension toward Bachmann may not be responsible for his possible ouster from office, but it’s certainly one of the nails in the coffin. Teddy’s seat in GOP hands, Dingy Harry sinking, Barbara Boxer vulnerable, and now this…at last, change we can believe in!