Her vote-for-me-because-I'm-a-woman comments were just too much. I tried to ignore it all, but there it is, including in Boston Globe coverage:
Silbert, a Harwich businesswoman with three young children, said that having a woman on the ticket would allow the Democrats to attack Kerry Healey more effectively .Maybe that's the way they think and talk down on the Cape, or used to in the 1950s. Waving the cheapest gender card possible right before the primary is too low brow to be believed.
"I think it's harder for men to attack women because they come across as a bully," she said in an interview. "It would be very helpful to have a woman lieutenant governor who can go after her."
Unfortunately, too many in this year's primary fight have tried their variation on electability. The Republicans here always have their tax cudgel and they one party whip. They promised to lower taxes and then transfer those to property taxes (and keep the income-tax raise anyway).
Now we have Democrats each saying, "I'm the electable one." It's the same stupid mentality, a total disrespect of the voter. Electability is crap. Candidates need to win on their platforms, not their gonads.
So, Silbert wants your vote because she's a woman. Not only that, she says that male politicians can't criticize female ones and get away with. She seems to have missed the past 60 years of abuse women politicians take during campaigns and while in office -- from both genders.
Imagine Tim Murray saying he was more electable because he was a man or white or the like, like Silbert said.
Anyone for equal rights, gender equality or feminism needs to let Andrea know being the girl is not a reason to be class vice president much less lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.
She was my second choice. Not anymore.
No to Silbert.
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