Pelosi, pinatas and punching bags

Posted at 8:30 AM Feb 18, 2010

By Andrea Grimes

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Democrats, arguably a socially laid-back group of politicians, aren't known for their particularly nuanced senses of humor--heck, pols generally are thought to be a pretty stoic, self-involved bunch. And so the fact that Republicans are now trying to make funnies out of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is all the more disturbing. They've come up with two downright knee-slappers: making a Pelosi pinata for the Conservative Political Action Conference and sending out a fake, supposedly satirical e-mail in Pelosi's name.

This singling out of Pelosi for punching (figuratively, kinda, not really) is one I expect most high-profile female politicians are familiar with, whether we're talking Pelosi, Palin or Clinton. Critics seem to prefer the personal attack, the demeaning mockery or dismissive eye-roll attitude when it comes to women in office--and I'm not saying this doesn't happen to men, because it does, but there's something a little more insidious, often sexual, often infantilizing when its done to women. It's as if there's just no chance of taking anything women say seriously if you disagree with them politically. (I mean, a whole lot of people don't take anything women say seriously, period.)

But this punching bag thing. It's a whole new level. A new level, I'd argue, that's a lot lower than that whole Pelosi-in-effigy business. Per The Hill:

Three famous D.C. residents will be taking a turn as guest "whackers" at the pinata during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which starts on Thursday. The guest "whackers" will be at the party, to be held at George in Georgetown. Mary Christopher, outreach coordinator for CivicForumPAC, said the Pelosi piñata will be filled with favorite Pelosi sayings, bills and candy. The party hopes to invite the well-known D.C. residents to smash the piñata first, before others in attendance will be invited to try to take the Speaker down.

"We're hoping to have the females whack the piñata and males try their hand at a Harry Reid punching bag," Christopher said.
Oh, well, if only the women are hitting pinatas of women, I guess that makes it okay. Symbolically, I don't appreciate Pelosi being a pinata--something you can totally decimate--and Reid being a punching bag--something that kind of presents a challenge. Then again, per Tim Tebow's Super Bowl commercial, it appears that conservatives think smacking a lady around, even if she agrees with them, is a pretty good laugh. However, though, the pinata also speaks to another theme that is seemingly never going to die: the idea that women hate the success of other women, and that they would love to knock any other woman down a few notches. Just give those angry little ladies a corner where they can catfight, and let the men do the real boxing, right?

And with regard to that supposedly satirical letter, well, if any of you Dolls can make sense of it, let me know in the comments. All I can think of is, "WTF?"


Comments

NewsDog said:

Pelosi pinata??
Wonder what comes out when it finaly gets whacked open??

The obvious answer is...nothing, just like all of her empty promises.

Any better answers?

CDog said:

I like to imagine that when they break open the Pelosi pinata, it'll be just like when the Ark was opened in Indiana Jones.

BorgQueen said:

LOL, Cdog! I think it shows the immaturity and complete lack of any intelligent thought on the part of these pinata "participants" (and those who came up with the idea), that they are now resorting to childish violence to make a point. Ooooh, fake letters! Are we back in middle school now?

Betsy said:

Did they not see "Napoleon Dynamite"? Where we learned that it is wrong to smash an effigy of your opponent for political office?

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