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What is it about the legislative Republican leaders and their prickly nature when it comes to strong women? First it was House Speaker Thom Tillis and his multiple borderline comments about Governor Perdue (including his desire to “gut punch” her) and his personal attack on Rep. Deborah Ross. Now, this morning we’re treated to Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger going after the Governor again in very personal and inappropriate language.

According to a story posted late night by reporter Laura Leslie on WRAL.com, Berger responded to Perdue’s vetoes yesterday by saying that she was:

“An indecisive, politically-desperate politician trying to cater to her base, she now stands squarely with fringe environmental groups and liberal special interests in opposing the job-creating sector of North Carolina’s economy,”

“Indecisive”? Because she decided to veto some bills? And “politically desperate”? The woman’s polls have been going up and up for months. What the heck are you talking about Senator? And what are you and the people who write your speeches and press releases and tweets really trying to imply?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember legislative leaders of either party ever issuing press releases to attack a male governor in such intensely personal language in recent decades.

At this point, none of Berger’s or Tillis’ statements (at least those that we know of) is so outrageous as to cross the line into blatant misogyny, but the cumulative evidence is enough to make one begin to take notice and wonder about what kind of attitudes and views these guys really harbor. It’s certainly a matter that bears watching.

6 Comments

  1. Rob Schofield

    July 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

    And in this story by Mark Binker, Senator Bob Rucho calls the Governor “clueless” and Speaker Tillis calls her explanation for a veto “fake and plastic.”

    The pattern continues.

  2. Dallas Woodhouse

    July 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Here come the speech police again. Can Perdue not take the heat?

  3. Frances Jenkins

    July 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

    You are hurting for a way to attack Republicans today. Ross never thinks aside the box to help the people of her district. She is predictable on every position. Ross is about Ross. Perdue is a lost cause. At least, Ross is a strong figure. Every time Perdue opens her mounth, I pray she does not do or say something that will bring shame to herself or to North Carolina again. She does it quite often.

  4. Rob Schofield

    July 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The people who obviously can’t take the heat without resorting to personal attacks are Tillis, Berger, and Rucho, et al.

    Come on guys — show a little class and act like gentlemen. Elected officials need to debate the issues — not stoop to inappropriate name-calling and personal criticisms. All of us have a right to expect better.

  5. Paul

    July 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Poor decision making (ex: playing chicken with unemployment payments) was a big contributor to Berger and friends ending up with more red ink than compromise. One would think that Republican leaders would spend more time reflecting on the quality of “decisiveness” in the wake of George “The Decider” Bush’s record of bad (but prompt) decisions. After having abused her, blackmailed her and fought with her, to now be outraged over the fact that she is not amenable to signing their no-compromise, promptly-decided but poorly-considered legislation… if there’s sexism here, perhaps it’s in that they expected a different outcome.

  6. Jack

    July 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    The Republicans seem to enjoy using playground tactics. I’ve seen such antics in committee. It just shows that they are not the ready for prime time players they think they are.

    Republicans next childish tactic? My guess is the old finger in the face saying – “I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you.”