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.