In endorsing former First Lady’s Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House, Easley claimed there’s nothing he loves more than a strong woman and Mrs. Clinton “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.”
Spauldling who, like Bruce, resides in the Tarheel State, asked, “why didn’t our outgoing governor just go ahead and say ‘faggot?.” In a similar tone, Aravosis accuses the guv of “gay-bashing.” While I agree with his commenter Jaclemmons222 that the left-wing blogger “jumped the shark,” the blogger does have a point when he observes, “Hillary and her people will say anything to get elected.”
Granted, the Governor is way off the mark with his remark. Tenacious campaigner Hillary may be, but she hardly qualifies as a strong woman. But, to suggest he’s gay-baiting suggests these bloggers are just looking for gay-bashing where there is none. Easley’s comment is certainly an example of rhetorical overkill, but it’s hyperbole not meant to be taken literally.
All he wanted to do was make a point about Mrs. Clinton’s strengths And sometimes politicians such analogies for rhetorical effect. Wrong he certainly was, but gay-baiting just because he used the word “pansy,” a word often used to denigrate gays? Hardly. The word also means “wimp.” Methinks that was the definition Easley was using.
I suggest these two bloggers stop trying to play the gay victim card. There are better ways to attack Mrs. Clinton. Showing how she shifts her views with the prevailing political winds is one way. That tendency will show how ludicrous Governor Easley’s comment really was.
A strong woman stands firm even when the currents turn against her. She would know that principle is more important than popular mood. Just ask a woman who really does make Rocky Balboa look like a wimp.
UPDATE: Blogger Michael Petrelis notes that the New York Times‘ Caucus blog has picked up on this story.