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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:

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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:


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