There are several things wrong with a campaign ad put out by Dana Nessel, a Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general. The least of them is her confusion of quantifiers in English, which is manifest in her assertion that “we need more women in positions of power, not less.” The context clearly calls for fewer.
Perhaps the most egregious mistake Nessel makes is when she asks prospective voters:
Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.
Michigan Democratic AG candidate Dana Nessel attacks penises in her campaign ad.
This is the Democratic Party. pic.twitter.com/xNvRJ8NvfC
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) November 30, 2017
If I am a supporter of gender fluidity, and many Michiganders are, I’m going to take offense at the sexist suggestion that a “candidate who doesn’t have a penis” can’t transition into an office holder who does.
Now if you get the sense I am having fun at Nessel’s expense, you are to be commended for your perspicacity. But don’t think for a second that this jaw-droppingly stupid ad is the embarrassment to Democrats that it should be. Quite the contrary:
I had never heard of @DanaNessel until about ten minutes ago, and after watching this ad several times, I now want to know everything about her. Goodness gracious, THIS is how a Democrat should talk. She’s got my support. pic.twitter.com/gqOeG97pzc
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 30, 2017
— Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4) November 30, 2017
I’ve watched this ad for a Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General a dozen times.
“When you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting?” https://t.co/rHVEgXocoA pic.twitter.com/1oCDdsggP0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 30, 2017
Ok, this is THE single most astonishing political ad I have ever seen. Period. https://t.co/EBHe32jGap
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) November 30, 2017
I don't see the problem in having an all-female ticket for a state.
There have been all-male tickets the entirety of the nation's history. https://t.co/akAF9p0Cu0
— Luɔifer (@LokiLoptr) November 30, 2017
I grant that the recent flood of accusations of sexual misconduct should be on the minds of voters heading out to the polls. But even liberals should take offense at this overt case of misandry (the male equivalent of misogyny).