The reporter who writes a “What Women Really Think” column for Slate accused Chris Christie of responding to a female OWS heckler at a Mitt Romney event in New Hampshire yesterday by making a joke about oral sex. (We covered the Christie put down of the hecklers here.)
Now why didn’t the rest of us catch that?
On Sunday, Jan. 8., New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was speaking at a Romney for President rally in New Hampshire when he was interrupted by some female hecklers. It’s difficult to make out exactly what Christie’s critics were yelling, but it’s something to do with jobs going down. Ever the class act, Christie’s response: “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.” He then goes on to insult the women by saying that if they were from Jersey, they wouldn’t be so silly as to think that his policies don’t support job creation. (That’s the way to win New Hampshire voters for Romney at the upcoming primary: insult them by saying that Jersey voters are smarter!)
The video, which does not make Christie look great, wasn’t some hidden-camera “gotcha” depicting a private moment, a la the 2006 “macaca” video that may have cost George Allen his Senate seat. Rather, it was uploaded to the New Jersey GOP’s YouTube account. They seem to think his remark about “going down” is a zinger, something to be proud of, rather than recognizing it as flagrantly demeaning, even misogynistic. How would Christie have responded to male protesters saying the same thing? Probably not by changing the subject to what acts they perform in the bedroom. His handlers should be apologizing for the remark, not promoting it.
Sorry, but I must not have sex on the brain the way that Ms. Bosch does. I believe the proper nomenclature Ms. Bosch is looking for is “going down on,” not simply “going down.” The fact is, there might be 50 uses for the phrase “going down” — including the usage Mr. Christie was employing, which, according to the Online Slang Dictionary, was “to happen” as in “It’s about to go down.” (Sorry Ms. Bosch: No reference to oral sex in the OSD.)
It is painfully obvious Ms. Bosch is deficient in understanding sexual slang, much less a political put down at which Governor Christie appears to be quite adept.
Also, I realize the demands that must come with the job of performing as Slate’s resident screeching feminist crackerjack writer must be quite burdensome, but even high school publications make a stab at accuracy and research. It has been widely published that the OWS demonstrators were chanting “Christie kills jobs! Christie kill jobs!” The fact that Ms. Bosch didn’t even bother to discover what the protestors were ranting about makes her charges of Christie being “flagrantly demeaning, even misogynistic” ring a little hollow. After all, if you don’t have a clue what the protestors were saying, what kind of context can you place Christie’s words? Obviously, the wrong one.
That’s alright Torie ( I can call you Torie, right? I mean, I’d hate to be flagrantly demeaning and misogynistic), we all have an Emily Litella moment in our careers. Yours just happens to have arrived during a presidential campaign.