in the sexist Democratic party.
He and Michelle Bachmann are debating on a Philadelphia radio station. She interrupts him (Shocking! That is, unless you’ve never heard two politicians debate before, ever.) He could ask her not to interrupt him; he could ask the host to intervene; he could (practicing a trick I’ve learned when working customer service phone calls) just keep talking until she realizes her overeagerness and stops. But instead:
Now wait a minute. I’ll stop and you can talk,” Specter said. “I’ll treat you like a lady. So act like one.” “I am a lady,” Bachmann replied.
Specter later went after Bachmann for saying she voted for “prosperity.”
“She said ‘I voted for prosperity,'” Specter said. “Well prosperity wasn’t a bill.”
“Well why don’t we make it a bill?” Bachmann responded.
“Now wait a minute, don’t interrupt me,” he said. “I didn’t interrupt you. Act like a lady.”
When Bachmann said, “I think I am a lady,” Specter toned down the rhetoric a bit, “I think you are too, that’s why I’m treating you like one.”
So, he’s treating her “like a lady.” Not like a fellow politician, not like an equal. Instead, he’s treating her like a little girl who’s trying to play too rough.
In the eyes of many liberals, if you are female, you have a place. You have a role, to act like a lady. You’re allowed to do and say certain things, as long as you stay in your place and keep supporting the big boys. Nancy Pelosi, well, she’s no threat to the fellows in charge; Hillary Clinton wasn’t until she tried to step out in front of them. Step out of that little box that they’ve painted for you, by, for example, daring to speak up about conservatives, and it’s time for them to step in and put a stop to it. You have a place, and they aim to keep you in it.