The Biggest Sleazer: Mitt Romney v. Scott Brown

Is it just me, or are politician dudes being super sexist and sleazy lately? Take Scott Brown, for example. Eric Kleefeld from TPM found this gem on a radio show in response to Elizabeth Warren’s recent comments poking fun at his nude spread in Cosmo:

[O]ne of the hosts asked Brown: “Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren’s comment about how she didn’t take her clothes off?”

Brown began laughing lightheartedly, and gave his reply. “Thank God,” he said, with more laughter.

Listen to the convo on TPM — between the host and Brown, it’s like the Phi Beta Doucha reunion. Then we have Mitt Romney, who apparently didn’t get the memo that we’re a couple of centuries past the whole wife-as-husband’s-possession thing:

Is this your wife? Do you mind if I put my arm around her like that? (chuckles)

So I guess the answer to who The Biggest Sleazer is will depend on what you think is worse: 12-year old sexism or 19th century sexism? Go!

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  • Erin

    OK – I may be the only one that thinks this (and I think that Elizabeth Warren is awesome and hope she beats Brown), but I actually think SHE is just as at fault for this dumb commentary as HE is. She brought it up. I think women should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies, and that right extends to men. He took some half-naked photos in Cosmo over 25 years ago…so what?

    She brought it up, he responded. If he were the BETTER person he wouldn’t have responded to her jibe at all. As far as I’m concerned they are equal. She made a dumb comment. He made a dumb comment back. Yes, he attacked her personally based on her looks, but she attacked his credibility because he took his clothes off. I don’t think her looks are relevant to the job she will do, and I also don’t think him taking his clothes off in 1983 is relevant to the job that he does.

    • Ellen

      Actually, the questioner brought it up first, not her.

  • destra

    Both Mitt Romney and Scott Brown are sexist. You only need to look at their political polices to see that. But these are not the best examples of their sexism.

    The Brown joke about Warren not taking her clothes off is only fair. She commented on him taking his clothes off in a joking way, he should likewise be able to joke about her taking her clothes off. She started it. Or, if you think no one should be mentioning someone’s right to pose in whatever lack of clothing they want, you should call out both Warren and Brown for their remarks.

    The Romney video is a bit more nebulous. It could very well reflect his feelings that a husband has domain over his wife (supported by his religion). It could also be him checking that both partners are ok with him touching one of them (the lady had already put her arm around him showing her willingness to have him do the same).

    • Brüno

      What is nebulous about it? She is a married woman. If he wants to put his arm around her, it should be okay with the wife AND husband. How would you feel if other women approached married men in total disregard of the wifes feelings?