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?
By signing on to the nuts defense directed at conservative women, the Republican establishment has adopted the most pernicious line of Democratic Party attack.
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.
In politics, it often is necessary to put bitter primaries behind us. I’m not sure, after the Republican establishment’s nuts defense, that will be possible in Delaware.
Update: See what I mean:
And, some commenters and articles in the conservative press use O’Donnell’s statement that people are following her as proof that she is nuts. But, the fact is that the Republican Party in Delaware has hired video trackers to follow her around (nothing illegal about that), as this post at DelawareOnline documents. Other claims attribute to her the assertion that Castle supporters broke into her house in 2008, but O’Donnell never said that, she simply said in response to a question that she didn’t know who did it. This is the problem I have with the “nuts” defense; spin replaces facts, and once the image of the candidate is created in the public mind, there is no way to undo it.
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