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Republican criticism of Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic challenger, for allegedly not taking a clear position on several issues took a misogynistic turn today as the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSCC) accused her of being an “empty dress.”

Brad Dayspring, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, derisively called Lundergan Grimes “an empty dress.” [...]

“Alison Lundergan Grimes seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts, and faced with questions, either directly parrots the talking points handed to her by [Sen.] Chuck Schumer or she babbles incoherently and stares blankly into the camera as though she’s a freshman in high school struggling to remember the CliffsNotes after forgetting to read her homework assignment,” Dayspring told The Hill.

Get it? She’s an empty dress who acts like a stupid, freshman blonde!

Even if you give the NRSCC the benefit of the doubt and assume that calling her an “empty dress” and saying she’s incapable of doing her homework weren’t intended to be misogynistic, the obvious retort is that Mitch McConnell won’t take a position on important issues either.

McConnell won’t stake out a clear position on holding the federal government hostage to defund Obamacare, much to the dismay of his colleagues, and he hasn’t taken a clear position on Syria.

If you’ve noticed that we haven’t mentioned Mitch McConnell very often lately, it’s because he hasn’t taken a clear position on anything, and he’s the Senate Minority Leader.

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  • Nefercat

    ““[She] seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts, and faced with questions, either directly parrots the talking points handed to her by [Sen. John McCain] or she babbles incoherently and stares blankly into the camera as though she’s a freshman in high school struggling to remember the CliffsNotes after forgetting to read her homework assignment,” Dayspring told The Hill.”

    But enough about Sarah Palin, Mr. Dayspring. What do you think about Lundergan Grimes?

  • Username1016

    They’re probably misogynistic, but I’m not sure “empty dress” is symptomatic. Surely they’re just flailing to find the feminine equivalent of “empty suit”?

    • muselet

      That was my thought, too. Brad Dayspring is just not a very clever person.

      –alopecia

    • http://www.facebook.com/felonious.grammar Felonious Grammar

      Since women wear dress suits, and Ms. Grimes likely wears suits, it’s not necessary to resort to “dress.” I’m not overly impressed with her platform, but she’s world’s better than McConnell.

    • Christopher Foxx

      they’re just [trying] to find the feminine equivalent of “empty suit”?

      Exactly. But let’s not let that stop us from stirring up cries of wolf misogyny.

  • formerlywhatithink

    Mitch McConnell won’t take a position on important issues either.

    No, but he isn’t shy about lying about supporting women’s rights even though he has consistently voted against the VAWA.

  • fry1laurie

    Kentucky’s choice: Empty dress or empty head.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Misogyny!, because no man has even been called an “empty suit”.

    Even if you give the NRSCC the benefit of the doubt and assume that calling her an “empty dress” and saying she’s incapable of doing her homework weren’t intended to be misogynistic, the obvious retort is that Mitch McConnell won’t take a position on important issues either.

    IOW: It’s misogyny, unless it isn’t, in which case please notice McConnell is just as bad.

  • cowboyinbrla

    I think the “flailing to find the feminine equivalent of ‘empty suit'” is probably the right answer. If they’d actually SAID “empty shirt”, someone would no doubt have gotten indignant and assumed the person was making a reference to her breasts (the size of which I’ve never actually noticed).

    Yes, women wear suits and shirts (or blouses). That’s not the point. Actually, it’s difficult to use any uncomplimentary phrase that includes reference to any female-specific attribute a woman might have without sounding, to the radicals, misogynistic. Presumably their rationale is that male-specific derogatory comments aren’t a problem because men have most of the power.