In the latest of point-counterpoint between Schoeneman and myself, witness the latest debacle of online with RPV Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds calling Barbara Comstock… a twat.
It was Comstock’s name that elicited FitzSimmonds’ online ouburst.
Responding to female commenter who voiced support for Comstock and touted the strength of GOP women voters, FitzSimmonds posted “I have nothing against Barbara Comstock but, I hate sexist (expletive).”
One definition for the word he used is a vulgar term for female genitalia. An image of the comment is posted below.
Here’s the basic truth.
Reaching into your mental catalog for the word twaddle and producing the word twat? Is like reaching for the word denigrate and coming up with the n-word.
Quite frankly, I don’t want to be a part of a GOP that views women this way. Or tolerates viewing women this way. Or even appears to be tolerating women that way. I certainly wouldn’t tolerate it had a Democrat, for instance, bemoaned about who would mow her lawns and do her dishes if immigration reform was not enacted.
Why should we give our team a free pass?
To the contrary — we should be even more allergic when it happens on our side of the fence.
Chris Beer over at Mason Conservative laid out the argument very well:
I don’t know him well, we’ve engaged in debate on Facebook .. but we can’t have this shit anymore! It is killing us! He posted this over an hour ago and hasn’t had any response since them, despite pleading to apologize. THIS is why we are losing. We need to clean up our own house before we can take on the Democrats. Having leadership in RPV using the word “twat” at any women, whether it is a FB commenter or in reference to Barbara Comstock … we just can’t stand for this anymore.
It’s a war on women, remember?
Lesson here? If you wouldn’t say it to your own mother, don’t say it to a lady.
RPV now has a decision to make, and unfortunately it will be a saccharine one. Remove FitzSimmonds and detractors will still argue that the grain of sexism still runs very deep in the Republican Party of Virginia. Keep FitzSimmonds and the theme becomes a narrative… and narratives play into stories.
…and it’s not just women. Republicans are viewed to have problems with African-Americans, Hispanics, Catholics, and just about every other demographic that doesn’t fit into WASP.
If we can’t self-police ourselves, then expect MSNBC to parachute in and do it on our behalf, and in the most unflattering of lights.