Politics can be a dirty business and while I am not a fan of either Carly Fiorina or Hillary Clinton, there is no excuse for the gender-based insults that have been directed at them. A day or so ago Fiorina accused an Iowa radio host who acts as a surrogate for Ted Cruz of calling her, as Fiorina said, a ‘V-word’.
At the last Republican debate, as usual Carly Fiorina dutifully trotted out her biography replete with her phony Horatio Alger story of starting out as a secretary and fighting her way to the top, fighting gender discrimination all the way. But this time she added a new wrinkle, saying “I have been tested. I have beaten breast cancer. I have buried a child. I started as a secretary. I fought my way to the top of corporate America while being called every B-word in the book.”
When I heard that I idly wondered how many gender-based insults began with the letter B. All I could think of was bitch. After a while I came up with others such as ‘broad’ and ‘biddy’ but the former would surely have been outdated even during the period of her early career and the latter seems vaguely Dickensian. On the other hand, I am not really up-to-speed on epithets so maybe there are other b-words that people use to insult women.
Then we have Donald Trump reaching a new low in vulgarity in remarks made while referring to the Clinton returning to the stage a little late after a commercial break during the Democratic debate.
This campaign has been remarkable for the level of coarseness on the Republican side, a party that boasts of upholding traditional family values.