Here’s a story to go nicely with NJmom’s fun elections prediction thread.
If any news story kicked Steve Jobs off the front page, it was this one about an exchange between Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and his opponent Elizabeth Warren.
Brown was responding to a quip Warren made at a Democratic debate Tuesday. Asked how she had paid for college – compared with Brown, who once posed partially nude for Cosmopolitan – Warren said: “I kept my clothes on.”
Brown fired back during an interview on Boston radio station WZLX: “Thank God!”
The jab went over well with the host, who laughed, then tried to stoke the flames.
“That’s what I said,” the host responded. “I said, look, can you blame a good looking guy for, you know, for wanting to…”
First of all, I love Elizabeth Warren for her economic populism and hope she beats the crap out of Brown in the voting booth. In many of my online women circles, Brown’s comment is being received with disgust as he came off as sexist. The “feminists-are-ugly” meme is so tired and juvenile. Can we retire it already?
Also, an acquaintance made a good point: she actually didn’t like the “I didn’t take my clothes off” line by Warren because sadly some low-income and working class women do take it off to go to college. Not everyone is as brilliant and/or has the connections to get scholarships, not to mention, jobs that actually pay the price of college tuition today.
Which leads me to my other point: if a woman posed for Cosmo like Brown did would she be as easily elected? I don’t think so. Yet, Brown managed to score laughs from it, and probably some political points — at least among other Republicans.
What do you all say about this flap?
Again, I want to reiterate that I do think college students in Massachusetts will have a better shot at paying the bills with Warren at the helm. You go, girl!