"...Politicians are supposed to watch what they say - especially when a nearby microphone might be on.
But, yesterday in Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell made some blunt remarks that could be construed as insulting, if not sexist, about Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, chosen for Homeland Security chief by President-elect Barack Obama.
A spokesman for Rendell downplayed any controversy, saying that Pennsylvania's governor "meant no disrepect."
Rendell's words were picked up by an open microphone at the podium of the National Governor's Conference, held yesterday morning at Independence Hall.
"Janet's perfect for that job," Rendell is heard to say. "Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19, 20 hours a day to it." (source)
When will newscasters and politicians learn to keep their mouths shut when a mic is clipped to their lapel...
Now see, I think it's a stretch to call this remark sexist. Mean and catty? Yes. But sexist? No.
...Then again, the no life, no family thing probably wouldn't have been brought up at all had she been a man...
But, I'm not sure Rendell knows what to say when the labour unions' hands aren't up his back.