Shocked at that headline? Think it's over the line? Usually I'd tend to agree, but I'm guessing it would be just fine with Mr. Spector. After all, he went on the radio in Vancouver this morning and called Belinda Stronach a bitch. Yes, I kid you not. He really did.
You may know Norman, formerly Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff, Canadian Ambassador to Israel and, as Kinsella never tires of mentioning, tobacco lobbyist, as a regular right-wing pundit on radio and television.
Via Public Eye Online, here's what Stormin' Norman said this morning on Bill Good's show on the Giant NW when discussing the Stronach/McKay doggie affair:
"I think she's a bitch. It's as simple as that. And I think that 90 percent of men would probably say she's a bitch for the way she's broken up (retired hockey player) Tie Domi's home and the way she dumped Peter MacKay. She is a bitch."
When another guest on that show called him on his language, pointing out we don't know what happened in the Domi case and besides, we don't use that kind of language to describe male MPs, Spector grabbed the shovel and dug deeper, defending him calling her a bitch:
"Why is it unacceptable? That's what I think about her. I think it was much worse - a few years ago - when one of the Liberal members referred to (former Edmonton North MP) Deb Grey as a slab of meat quite frankly. I think that was totally unacceptable. But bitch is a word that I would use to describe someone like Belinda Stronach. It is a word that I use regularly."
Young's comments were unacceptable. He also didn't lie, he admitted he made the comments and he sincerely apologized. That puts him at least two steps ahead of Peter by my count. But that aside, Norman, what are you getting at here? If the one was unacceptable, why isn't the other unacceptable as well?
Earlier, the pundit genius explained why this whole McKay dog thing is even a story in the media at all. You see, it's all those hysterical women in the press gallery:
"…is that half the press gallery now are women. And women find this very offensive."
Oh, it's not just women Norman. I assure you, it's not just women. And I'm sure they're not big fans of you at the moment either.
Unless Norman apologizes, and that seems unlikely at the moment, I'd encourage the producers at shows like Politics, Mike Duffy Live and Question Period to think twice before booking this genius to share his pearls of political wisdom.
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