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Kirsten Gillibrand ‘88: WTF?
I guess that I first observed the phenomenon at Dartmouth in the early 1990’s: young women pretending that they were Marines, at least in their spoken expression. The word that starts and ends with the same letters as firetruck was the least of it, but until now, such invective has not made it into the public sphere. If you wish to hear Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ‘88 (D-NY) expand the nation’s political vocabulary, click here; otherwise, read a summary:
Now let’s recall that a politician of Kirsten Gillibrand’s caliber does not say or do anything spontaneously. Somewhere somehow someone on her staff came up with the idea that vulgarity would be of some benefit to her. With whom? The female demographic, age 18-48? My experience is with Ivy girls; do southern magnolias or wholesome Midwesterners talk like that, too? And won’t older women with some vestige of propriety be turned off?
Kirsten seems to have her eyes on the prize in 2020. We’ll have to wait to see how her foray into colorful language plays out.
Addendum: Hillary Clinton swears a blue streak according to Secret Service folks who had the unpleasant assignment of working with her, but she never lets rip in public.
Addendum: A close observer of Dartmouth writes in:
Excellent post. Glad to see you cover this, along with insightful analysis of the political calculations that are likely driving this unseemly spectacle.
Personally, I continue to operate by the maxim that small minds reach for epithets to compensate for their anemic vocabularies. But an ‘88 Dartmouth alumna has no such excuse. How far our elite political class has fallen.
Addendum: A reader writes in to point out that Kirsten Gillibrand may have a role model:
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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