Bob Fitzsimmons, Treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) used the word twat in a facebook discussion a few nights ago. Twat in case you don’t know is sometimes used as slang for the female vulva.
Now, I am not going to sit here and defend the use of that word. It never should have been used. The problem is that if you read the exchange in context, he was referring to the comment that someone else had made as ridiculous. He used the wrong. Obviously he isn’t up on sexual slang words. He should have used the word twaddle, which means stupid speech.
Now, what you can’t see in the above graphic is the comment he was answering. That comment was about why Delegate Barbara Comstock should be the nominee in the hotly contested republican primary simply based on the fact that she is a woman. His comment was about identity politics. I am not sure who, if anyone, he is backing in this contest, but I can tell you that I support Barbara. I like Barbara. I have worked many a days knocking doors in her elections for the state delegate seat that she currently holds. But I don’t support her simply based on the fact that she is a woman. I HATE identity politics. It is a losing game and I have little respect for people who voted based upon gender, skin color, or financial status of the people in the race. To me that is the democrats game and played a big part in why President Obama won his election. On this Mr. Fitzsimmons and I agree. We are never going to beat the democrats in that game, so lets put up the best possible candidate in each and every race. I happen to believe that Barbara is that person. Her voting record speaks for itself. At the end of the day that is what really matters.
What really sits in craw about this entire unfortunate episode is that people who don’t like Mr. Fitzsimmons, for reasons ranging from he is a supporter of conventions over primaries (which I am not) and he is also a big supporter of Ken Cuccinelli and more libertarian leaning people, have used this to try and force him from his job. Insert primal scream here.
This has turned into a national story that has been on HuffPo and in The Washington Post simply because people, who I won’t mention by name, even though I would bet my bottom dollar are involved, are using this to oust someone they disagree with.
The man made a mistake. He used an unfortunate word when he wasn’t clear on the meaning. There is no way that anyone reading what he wrote can misconstrue that he was calling Delegate Comstock a twat or even the young woman he was having the discussion with that word.
Here is the post he was responding to with the name of the person not included:
I also think women are going to be very frustrated about about a man trying to usurp Barbara’s position in this race. If women come out in force for her, it will create a battle cry for Republican women so loud that Howie Lind won’t have a prayer of competing with her. Republican women are a force to be reconed with and I for one want to see this power harnessed effectively in key political races.
His response was the he doesn’t like sexist twat. Now, if he was talking about this woman or Barbara it would make sense that you would be able to replace the word with the name and it would still make sense. But you can’t do that in this case. Because he wasn’t referring to a person, he was referring to the thought of using identity politics.
So, now we have a national story about how republican men and party officials were using sexual terms to talk about a woman when clearly that isn’t what happened.
We don’t need the democrats to do anything, we are doing a bang up job all on our own. Should he have apologized for using that word? Absolutely. Should he lose his job over it? No, a very clear and unambiguous NO. This has been blown out of proportion by people who don’t like him and his stances. Those are the people who should be called out in all of this. Not a man who obviously needs to spend more time with a dictionary.