Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rush on Women in Politics

From Rush yesterday, Monday, 20 Jan

Don't have time right now to comment on it, will just share the transcript and discuss tomorrow.
Dawn Zimmer is the mayor of Hoboken.  (Somebody has to be, folks.)  Dawn Zimmer is the mayor of Hoboken, and she is claiming that back in May the New Jersey lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, pulled her aside after touring a ShopRite that had been rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy and told her that Hoboken would not get any Hurricane Sandy relief aid if she didn't help push a real estate development project that Governor Christie wanted.
So the story is that Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, was pulled aside by the New Jersey lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, also female, and it was babe to babe. And the lieutenant governor babe said to the mayor babe, "If you don't get on board with us, you're not getting any Sandy money." Dawn Zimmer is the mayor. The lieutenant governor's denying it, says it never happened.
The mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, is saying it did happen.  She is not conceding anything, and she has provided MSNBC with an entry from her personal diary in which she recounted the incident. Oh, speaking of which, the New York Times actually has a soap opera-type story today about how Christie has fallen out of favor with the hosts of MSNBC, that they loved Christie.
They had a lot of hope invested in him as a Republican who could screw other Republicans and now there's been a falling out because of the scandal.  It's actually written as though it's a breakup of a soap opera-type relationship.  We will explain that in due course as the program unfolds.  Now, the lieutenant governor, according to the mayor of Hoboken, said, "It's very important to Governor Christie..."
This is the diary entry that describes Lieutenant Governor Guadagno saying of the development project, "It is very important to the governor. The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you. I know it's not right -- these things should not be connected -- but they are, she says, and if you tell anyone, I will deny it."
So she's out telling the world that this happened, and the lieutenant governor is denying it.  "Zimmer said she was given the same message four days later by Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner. As the two prepared to appear on a television program about Sandy recovery, she said Constable told her she needed to support the project for her city to receive aid."
Now Guadagno and Constable are both denying what the mayor of Hoboken is saying.  So what are we to do with this?  Who are we supposed to believe here? Now, I guess one of the trains of thought is the governor wouldn't be this stupid, wouldn't make himself this big a target. He wouldn't tell the lieutenant governor go out there and deny aid if the mayor didn't come forth and help with the redevelopment project or supported it.
Nobody would do that.  So the tendency, I guess, is to not believe the mayor of Hoboken on the basis that Christie wouldn't do it.
RUSH:  Ladies and gentlemen, we were all told for a long time that having women in politics was gonna put an end to political corruption because there wouldn't be any testosterone. Having women in politics would end war, for example, and barbarism. With women in leadership, there wouldn't be any predatory-type behavior because women don't do that and don't have a dominance of testosterone and they're not made that way.
They're nurturers and peacemakers. They are focused on relationships and making things work.  So I'm sitting here a little confused reading of the contretemps between the female lieutenant governor alleging that it is the mayor of Hoboken is lying and then vice-versa.  So I'm gonna have to think. It'll take me some time to work through this, 'cause I believed all of that.  Now my world is upside down.  I don't quite know how to process this.

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