06 Oct 2005 Whiff of Stupidity, I’d Say
**Scroll down to the end for a link to Ed Gillespie’s reply to this post**
As noted by the Washington Post, this quote comes from an off-the-record meeting (that one reads about in the newspapers all the time), and is genuine:
White House adviser Ed Gillespie suggested that some of the unease about Miers “has a whiff of sexism and a whiff of elitism.”
I’ve always had a high opinion of Ed Gillespie; that anyone representating the White House told conservatives something this dumb, however, tells me the White House is desperately clutching at any argument it can find.
Get a clue, White House. Tell us about your nominee’s judicial philosophy. Or, if you cannot, withdraw the nomination.
Insults are no substitute for what really needs to happen here.
Addendum: As of now, the afternoon of Oct. 6, Laura Ingraham has a poll on her website (scroll down, on the left) asking visitors to describe conservative opposition to Harriet Miers as 1) elitist, 2) sexist, or 3) based on principled concerns.
I know this poll is on her website because I listened to Laura’s radio show this morning. This is something I do because I like Laura’s show. I just thought I would mention this in case folks thought I have, White House-like, a personal quota system mandating that a certain percentage of the talk radio hosts I listen to have to be women.
Addendum #2 (10/7/05): Go here to see that Ed Gillespie wasn’t referring to conservatives when he used the words “sexism” and “elitism.”