A minor dustup in the California gubernatorial contest blew up in California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s face when either he or one of his staff referred to his opponent, Meg Whitman, as a “whore” during a conversation that was apparently too close to an open telephone connection.
Ms. Whitman’s campaign immediately issued a standard screed common to all politicians:
“The use of the term ‘whore’ is an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California. This is an appalling and unforgivable smear against Meg Whitman. At the very least Mr. Brown tacitly approved this despicable slur and he himself may have used the term at least once on this recording,” said Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompei.
This clearly indicates that Ms. Whitman is a political novice, since her campaign passed up the opportunity to do even more damage to Brown with response more along the lines of:
“The Brown campaign has used the term ‘whore’ in the most derogatory way possible. Clearly Brown is out of touch with the economic situation in California. He should refer to these women with greater respect. Given the economic plans that Jerry Brown has put forth, it is entirely possible that these women may be the only people gainfully employed in the state.”