Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his appreciation for US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a very strange way. In a private business setting, if a male were to refer to a female associate in such a way, it would spark a trip to Human Resources.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse – referring to her as ‘the hottest member’ as she sat just a few feet away, according to three sources.
“The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red, according to the sources, and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.”
One supposes that if Harry Reid regards Delaware Senate candidate Chris Coons as his “pet,” then perhaps Kirsten Gillibrand may now be known as his “Penthouse Pet.”
Mind, it seems strange for anyone to be ruminating on the “hotness” of female senators (male ones are another matter, at least since Jack Kennedy haunted the Capitol.) Most are ladies of a certain age and tend to get into the Senate the same way the male Senators do, through hard work and experience.
True, Reid also praised Kirsten Gillibrand’s knowledge of securities law and other matters, but the damage had already been done.
While Gillibrand’s Republican opponent, Joe DioGuardi, is considered a long shot, Harry Reid is facing a very stiff challenge from Sharron Angle, who also happens to be a woman. One wonders, though, if she can make an issue over Reid’s somewhat inartful praise of Gillibrand. The old left/right double standard applies.
Liberal Democrats are usually given a pass when they make gaffes, especially ones that could be considered sexist. One wonders what would happen to Senator Jim DeMint (for example) if he were to refer to the other Delaware Senate candidate, Christine O’Donnell, as “hot” (at the risk of being taken to the woodshed myself, let me say that she is). One would think that the outrage would spew forth from the mainstream media from sea to shining sea.
Many liberal women don’t like being called attractive, or hot, or sexy. They got to where they were by their intelligence, experience, and hard work, thank you very much, so better not notice any physical quality or you’ll be sorry. It can even manifest in terms of address, when Senator Barbara Boxer objected to being called “ma’am,” preferring “Senator.”
In any case, it may be best for all concerned that Harry Reid may well be ex-Senator Reid very soon. All of those mama grizzlies who are about to descend upon Congress will just be too distracting for the poor, old man.
Source: Reid calls Gillibrand the ‘hottest’ member at fundraiser, Maggie Haberman, Politico, September 20th, 2010