>While I’m not a fan of Michele Bachmann, the first-term Congresswoman who embodies a Palinesque attitude in politics, my feminist nature requires me to come to her defense after Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania, told her to “act like a lady” while they both appeared on a Philadephia talk radio show.
“I didn’t interrupt you,” Specter said. “This is beginning to sound like a TV talk show.”
When Bachmann interrupted again, Specter angrily responded. “Now wait a minute, I’ll stop and you can talk,” he said. “I’ll treat you like a lady, so act like one.”
“I am a lady,” Bachmann retorted.
She again interrupted Specter later in the interview. And again, Specter told her to “act like a lady.” Bachmann one more time confirmed that she is a lady.
“Well I think you are too, that’s why I’m treating you like one,” Specter said. “But just don’t interrupt me.”
All I can do is shake my head at this. While Sen. Specter may have traded in the R behind his name for the D, he may have not shed his former’s party inclination for patronizing women and “showing them their place.” On the flip side, as some radical feminists would have one to believe, maybe all men, regardless of political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc., have some (whether covert or overt) contempt for women in power.
What do you think?