Stephanie Cutter is one of the Obama campaign's more visible faces this election cycle. Her calm, slightly exasperated/smug countenance occasionally shows up on the teevee to refute conservative SuperPAC email forwards that feature Barack Obama photoshopped into the background of natural disasters (Sample Cutter: "*sigh* No, the President was not present at the Hindenburg explosion, nor could he have prevented it. In fact, official state of Hawaii documents show he wasn't born for several decades.") Like the Obama campaign's Davids Axelrod and Plouffe, Republicans don't like her politics. But unlike the Davids, Stephanie Cutter happens to have blonde hair and a vagina. Big mistake, Stephanie Cutter. You're in for a world of hate.
Conservatives, it turns out fucking hate the shit out of Stephanie Cutter. She positively throws them into apoplexy, elicits reactions from them that are disproportionately frenzied. Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald collected a basket full of Cutter-related jabs from the Right, and while they're pretty hilariously hyper, they fall into a predictable pattern. After all, the first rule of sexism is: When confronted with a woman who you a: disagree with b: directly opposes your chosen fluffy version of reality and b: reminds you of your mommy or mean, mean kindergarten teacher or the girl you were in love with in high school who would not go out with them or the girl who stole your boyfriend, the proper way to respond is to shriek in one of several ways:
- She's hiding something
Without articulating what, exactly, she was hiding, Rudy Guiliani told Sean Hannity in August that Cutter "has a lot to hide." Forty-two-year-old snotty teenager Michelle Malkin called her a "lying liar." Psst — she's probably hiding it — whatever "it" is — in her purse. Ladies always hide shit in there.
- She's stupid
Rule one of being a lady: If you're right, you're ugly. If you're hot, you're stupid. Stephanie Cutter is conventionally attractive, ergo, she must be stupid, a "spokesbabe." At least according to Rush Limbaugh, who is both ugly and stupid.
- She's a mean, mean lady!
When you've already called a woman sneaky and dumb, the next step is to call her mean. Women are supposed to be nice, accommodating hug machines, like Disney princesses on ecstasy. Kindness expert Sean Hannity has noticed that she's not baking him cookies and holding his hand, and has ominously accused Cutter of being "difficult and surly."
- Ugh, her clothes.
And did you see what she was wearing? After she wore a leather jacket during an appearance on a cable talk show, right wing pundits decried her insensitivity to the needs of average working Americans. Cutter, make a note: the next time you appear on cable TV, it's K-Mart's Kathy Ireland collection only. Take your fashion cues from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, otherwise you are a snob who doesn't deserve to touch a microphone.
- And have you noticed how very punchable she is?
And, thanks to the internet, every fucko from coast to coast has a space to air terrible thoughts. Comments under news stories about or featuring Cutter often bring out the unstoppable desire to fantasize about bitch slapping in people. In their defense, though, she sort of asked for it by being a woman who has opinions.