Obama Campaign's Female Spokesperson Making Conservatives Basically Rip Their Faces Off in Rage

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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.




The last offenses of the intellectually stunted. They themselves can't come up with thoughtful responses, so they fall back on gradeschool bullshit as a result. My husband sometimes likes to scroll through comments on Yahoo news articles about the election, apparently JUST to make himself angry, and 95% of it is crap like this. It's not even an informed opinion. It's a nonopinion. It's a verbal shart. I don't care if you agree with her, but if you can't say be the Credible Hulk and back up your rage thoughtfully with facts and sources, don't even bother.

Semi-related: Did anyone else see the pair of articles Buzzfeed ran where they asked 28 different people each to say one genuinely nice thing about the presidential candidate they WEREN'T rooting for? It was kind of interesting, since most (though not all) of the Romney supporters they spoke to said things that seemed like they were taking the question seriously, such as "I like his stance on XYZ" or "He's a commanding, intelligent speaker", while the Obama supporters by and large seemed to veer towards the sarcastic or condescending-sounding "He's got nice hair" type responses. It made me wonder if it was because Romney supporters DID take the question seriously, or if it's just easier to think about positive things to say about President Obama than it is about Mitt Romney.