Monday, September 13, 2010

Jacobson: Nuts and Sluts In Delaware

Law Professor William Jacobson weighs in on the dirty nukes the GOP establishment has launched, with the grassroots candidate in Delaware as its target:
The "nuts and sluts" defense is a common employment law tactic whenever a female employee brings a claim. It doesn't matter what the claim is, the defense -- after the usual legal mumbo jumbo -- will be something like this:

"She's nuts. And by the way, pssst, she may be a slut."

That is the mode of attack Democrats use against conservative women. Sarah Palin is the prime example, as she routinely is called crazy and is sexualized by the left (to the silence of liberal feminist groups).

The nuts part of the attack is being used against Christine O'Donnell in Delaware by the local Republican establishment, and also by two leading conservative magazines, The Weekly Standard and National Review. If O'Donnell is so nuts, why did the Delaware Republican Party nominate her to run against Joe Biden just two years ago?


I am not "anti-Mike Castle," but I do have a problem with someone who was willing to destroy the economy by signing on to Nancy Pelosi's cap-and-trade plan. The vigorous attacks on Castle have been focused almost exclusively on his record and policy prescriptions. Almost none of the attacks on O'Donnell focus on her policies or political agenda.
Professor Jacobson adds:
Update: See what I mean:
"Our problem: Mike Castle makes John McCain look like Jim DeMint; Christine O'Donnell makes Sharron Angle look like Margaret Thatcher."
Read William Jacobson's full post at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.

- JP

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