First, the editorial department publishes an endorsement in which it unethically suggests that voters choose a man it clearly believes is unqualified to hold high office because he is a “fraud” and a “catastrophe.” Now, the same editorial department, just a week later, publishes a sickeningly sexist comment by former Gov. Tom Kean in which he pats Barbara Buono on the head and calls her a “nice lady” who is “unqualified” to be governor.
What is next? An editorial suggesting Buono serve cookies and hot chocolate at Christie’s second inauguration?
How could a major daily sink so low as to carry–and pay for, because it does– the misogynistic comments of a man, let us not forget, who was qualified for governor only by a) his family’s money, b) a deal he made to become Assembly speaker with David Friedland, a real slimy character who would go on to be indicted and fake his own death, and c) by relying on goon squads headed by thug Tony Imperiale suppressing the vote in Newark.
Kean was only slightly more qualified to be governor than his puppet-master, Chris Christie, who got to the Statehouse via his brother’s purchase of a US Attorney’s position in New Jersey from George W. Bush. And Christie is not even a “nice” man–in fact, he once suggested a woman be attacked with a bat.
They’re all nuts. And, sorry, but so are the people who would vote for this women-hating crew.
I frankly don’t know how any woman could vote for the 19th Century, plantation mentality that pervades both the Republican party in New Jersey and its Democratic poodles like Joe DiVincenzo and Brian Stack.
I know as the father of a daughter and the grandfather of two infant girls–both of whom have more sense than the geriatric twins featured in The Star-Ledger’s editorial pages every week–I will never vote for Republicans or faux Democrats.
This campaign has been rife with sexism from the beginning.
I like what Montclair lawyer Nancy Erika Smith said about The Star-Ledger’s almost incredible gaffe:
“Unless being male is a ‘qualification,’ Kean’s support of candidates with much
less qualifications shows his profound sexism. The entire campaign for Governor
this year has been filled with sexism and misogyny. Christie sets the
tone with his profound lack of respect. These attitudes translate into
policy as well (like Christie’s veto of funding for Planned
Parenthood). Tom Kean owes Senator Buono (and all women in New
Jersey) a very public apology.”
And so does The Star-Ledger. It’s not that the newspaper should not have reported what Kean said, but it should have called him out on it. This should have been a news story in which the comments of a former governor and Christie backer were held up to the ridicule they deserve. Instead, the newspaper just runs them without comment as if insulting women were ok.
Insulting women is definitely not ok.
There will be more to come on this.