BHO Decries the Red Witch's "Tit for Tat" Politics - High Road or Subliminal Sexist Comment?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Here is a quote from BHO's stump speech, courtesy of a Slate April 19 article by John Dickerson:

"She's got the kitchen sink flying, the china flying. The buffet is coming at me … when we get involved in the constant distractions, the petty tit-for-tat politics … that may be good for the television ratings, but that's not good for you."


This phrase is apparently used over and over by BHO. I heard the last one tonight in his speech today in North Carolina.

The point is that this the above quote is not a mere slip of the tongue or phrase pulled out of his head extemporaneously.

My question of all YARGBRs:

Is this an embedded sexist comment aimed at the only female in the Presidential race, or a run of the mill adjectival phrase so common as to be innocuous?

Or to put it a bit differently, if the Red Witch were to accuse BHO of being "niggardly" in giving attention to the needs of blue collar, European American ethnic voters, would the BHO camp jump on those remarks as "racist"?

6 comments:

Barry Dauphin said...

When he runs as the Dem nominee, he'll accuse McCain of using tortured logic.

vnjagvet said...

Yeah, that's the ticket, Barry.

chuck said...

Are you sure it isn't teat-for-tat?

Luther McLeod said...

Teat only among the well mannered chuck. Or farmers. I've only ever heard 'tit'.

Orwellian cleverness if deliberately used as 'sexist'. I don't believe it is being used as such.

And yes, she would be jumped on for 'niggardly', which of course, is absurd.

Jim Ryan said...

...would the BHO camp jump on those remarks as "racist"?

No, because the McCain camp would beat BHO camp to it.

gumshoe said...

BHO is a "mouth warrior".

words are the whole deal for him.

i think it's a bit over- analytical to try to unpack "tit for tat"
in isolation,but his style is to attack with words that "resonate",
as opposed to ideas or policies.

it's a chant.

Oblabla.
Hope.
Change.