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Steve Lopez: The real outrage behind the Whitman 'whore' remark

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef013483a0868a970c-600wi

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f4150cbe970b-pi All right, sure. I think we can all agree that it's inappropriate for either Jerry Brown or one of his staffers to refer to Meg Whitman, his rival, as a whore.

What are all the impressionable young students in civics classes supposed to think? Wait, do we still fund civics classes in California?

If you saw the story about a recorded phone conversation Brown had with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, whose endorsement he was shopping for, it's not clear whether it was Brown or one of his snarky minions who used the "prostitute" reference.

But here's the deal: The endorsement went to Whitman, who would have you believe that public-employee unions are public enemy No. 1 and that they've got Brown in their pocket, making him incapable of reining in spending or balancing a budget.

And yet Meg had agreed to exempt public-safety employees from a pension reform plan in which she would move state workers into 401(k)s. Yeah, she's tough as nails, but she'll sell her soul for an endorsement.

If "whore" is the wrong word for that, is "hypocrite" the right one? You be the judge.

Talk to me, California.

-- Steve Lopez

Photos: Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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FYI Information Mr. Police/Fire Person
The 10 most dangerous jobs
Occupation Fatalities per 100,000
Timber cutters 117.8
Fishers 71.1
Pilots and navigators 69.8
Structural metal workers 58.2
Drivers-sales workers 37.9
Roofers 37
Electrical power installers 32.5
Farm occupations 28
Construction laborers 27.7
Truck drivers 25
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; survey of occupations with minimum 30 fatalities and 45,000 workers in 2002

hmm, if a male Republican candidate called a female Democrat candidate a whore, I have a feeling you would be outraged.
Just sayin...

The term "whore" is not properly restricted to a person who exchanges sex for money. It also applies to people who are venal or unscrupulous. Unscrupulous most of us get but what is a venal person you ask? According to Merriam-Webster, the term refers to a person who is capable of being bought for money or other valuable consideration. Need I say more?

N.O.W. supports the whore slinging Brown. "You've come a long way, baby"

N.O.W. and Brown, both w/o morals

Yay, Steve!

at first blush, while curious, it lacked a perspective and the sense of depth and depravity of the deal that Whitman negotiated with the union - makes one wonder how much of her soul she sold to get money from the US Chamber of Commerce. Now it is a fascinating and intriguing story about Whitman's true shallow character.

MR. Lopez, I am a Democrat and find many of Ms. Whitman's stands hypocritical, (although no more hypocritical than those of most politicians, including JB) but wonder if you would be so sanguine had the epithet been directed toward the Hispanic community rather than toward women.

"Whoring for votes" works for me.

Any informed voter who is familiar with Whitman's stand on pension reform who was apprised of her cutting a deal with the public safety unions to mitigate her so-called "reform" would use the same word to describe her ACTIONS. Whichever Brown staffer used that word was just honestly describing her actions: that of someone "SELLING" herself to the highest bidder.

She IS a whore. This is not a game-changer; this is "hardball" politics. On Tuesday, millions of Californians will be informed about Whitman's stand on the pension reform that she has spent $$$$$ on castigating public employee unions and they will come to the same conclusion the Brown aide did. She's sell her maid, her mother or anyone else to get what she wants.

To quote Howard Cosell: HE TOLD IT LIKE IT IS!

Honestly, I don't care. Our revered founding fathers said worse about each other. Personally, I think whores are unnecessarily looked down upon and I hold true the old saying, "Everybody's a whore to someone."

This is clearly Meg trying to get back at Jerry for the "nanny revelation," but I think it will have no effect.

I'm beginning to loath both candidates and I guess I'll vote for Laura Wells...

The only thing I miss about not living in California are the L.A. Times, and Steve Lopez's pithy column!

Selling one's a-s makes one a whore. Selling one's soul for a political endorsement makes one a monster...and if you're a Republican...a hypocrite, too.

What a nasty un-gentlemaly thing to say. Very crass of Lopez to support the comment in this editorial.

Is that the best that the Repubs can come up with against Jerry Brown after he "nailed" Whitman about her former maid? Boy are Whitman's folks acting desperate and childish. I wonder how long they had the tape. You can bet that she has certainly called him worse in private. This ain't church. It's politics.

The Democrats are xenophobes and anti-Indian American."

lol. that is hilarious. They didn't call Hillary the Senator from New Delhi for nothing.

Yes, selling-out to public-employee unions should be the exclusive domain of Democrats.

definition of whore = 3. To compromise one's principles for personal gain.
I believe it was use correctly in this instance. It may be inappropriate, but worse names have been used about other candidates and without any problems. Palin called Obama a terrorist. Jerry Brown has been called Moonbeam. Oh, and back in the day they put Jerry's head on a medfly and made buttons out of it. By the way he was right about not spraying malathion to get rid of the medflies. Meg Whitman does not need to be defended. She has made it clear she can stand up for herself with her own money. She is not what we need in California.

I am voting for Meg Whitman!!!!!

People who don't think firefighters and police make much money don't know what they make. In 2007 the firefighters in my town averaged 140K. That's without Fed gov overtime. The city manager said some of them own ranches in Utah and fly in for their weekend shifts, then fly back out. On their own private planes.

When you have Willie Brown no less saying that 80% of the state budget deficit is due to over paying gov employees, and you have both Whitman and Brown selling out to them--Houston, we have a problem.

I finally agree with Steve Lopez..................amazing

The point of the recorded phone conversation was, Brown's people were mad, because when Brown refused to cut a deal with that police union to save their pensions in one piece, they endorsed Whitman who was willing to cut a deal. Brown's aid called her a (political) whore, because she was willing to sell what she said were her principles, for their endorsement. A politician only has her principles, and Whitman's are for sale.

Are you saying that people who actually risk their lives so that you can be safe and warm at night should be shafted by shoddy high risk investment plans because they are some special interest? How about having a special interest in treating our servicemen and women with respect? Or are you actually a whore to investment bankers?

How dare Meg promise to give away my money!
She isn't even elected yet, but she is already throwing my tax dollars into the toilet, and she got caught with her hand on the lever.
Meg has gotten in Brown's face over alleged union debts. She has smirked and boasted that she is so wealthy and politically pure she owes no one.
Meg said she can't be bribed. Look at her now. She has been caught red-handed, skinny-dipping and slopping away in a trough of corrupt public money.
This may be acceptable in the board room, where regulatory agencies stand between her and my money, but not when she has her fingers wrapped around my tax dollars.
First, there was the deplorable treatment of an employee who was "just like a member of the family," then this backroom deal that smells just like bribery, followed by phony staged indignation at a perfectly justifiable reaction to her fundamental dishonesty.
This candidate is not worthy of our trust. I am ready to cast my ballot right now.

Hypocrite, not the w-word.

We've been going down the road toward the pornification of America...

http://www.monster-island.net/2008/12/whopper-virgins-offensive-on-so-many.html

... and it's about time we realize that there are things we shouldn't be saying in a public forum. Just because our buddies say it when they're drinking beer, we hear it all the time on cable, or it pops up in the content of spam mail doesn't mean it's okay to use anytime, anywhere.

That said, I still voted for Jerry Brown.

Whitman is just another billionaire who thinks money can buy anything and she's spent a fortune trying to prove it. Whitman's a hustler. She wants to run California and if she gets what she's paying for, it will be because Californinas have let themselves be hustled. Ms. Whitman is working every corner of the street but she's not working for the dollar. She's working for the vote. Mull that.

The hypocrocy from the left continues. Where is the outrage from NOW or other women's groups? Progressives, expecially those who control the so called main stream media, consistently attempt to deflect the issue at hand. The issue is about calling one's opponent a vial name. That's it. Either you believe it is wrong or not. Progressives call this "inappropriate." If the shoe were on the other foot they would call it an outrage. Where are NOW and other women's groups? Missing in action and making excuses for vile behavior from a Democrat. No surprise here.

 
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