Friday, September 17, 2010

Keep it classy, Dan Riehl

It appears that Lisa Murkowski, who lost her bid for renomination in the Alaska's Republican primary election a few weeks ago, will run as a write-in. I'm not surprised, of course. There had been rumors floating that she'd mount a write-in campaign since she conceded the primary election to Joe Miller. Personally I have no use for Murkowski - she's far too beholden to corporatist interests for my tastes. Tea Party types targeted her for a different reason: she actually had the nerve to work with Democrats on very rare occasion to get legislation passed in the Senate (something considered politically incorrect among TPers). Whether or not Murkowski's write-in campaign will succeed is debatable - some think she has a chance.

All that said, and whatever opinions of Murkowski I might have notwithstanding, it is dismaying to see a blogger who enjoys some national prominence refer to her as a "bitch" (and later a "biatch") for deciding to remain in the game. It's an action that seemed eerily reminiscent of Joe Miller's campaign alluding to her being a prostitute a few weeks ago. The need to use degrading sexist language against a political opponent is not only tasteless but says quite a bit about those who stoop to that level. To the extent that such discourse is encouraged (or not actively discouraged), it says a bit about the state of our society as well. Riehl is a real class act, eh?

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