>With just seven days to go until the November mid-term elections, it’s politics as usual all over the United States. In other words, passive aggressive behavior is running amuck this week.
Nowhere is passive aggressive behavior more prominent or virulent than in the so-called “civil” political arena where direct personal attacks (though becoming more common everyday) are still considered un-statesmanlike, but covert low-blows spread defamatory messages under the veneer of social appropriateness.
Case in point: the Oklahoma Governor’s race. Have you heard the most recent uncivil discourse between the candidates?
In an interview with The Associated Press, Republican Representative Mary Fallin said that the two things that make her qualified to be her state’s next governor is that she is a wife and mother. Her challenger, Lt. Governor Jari Askins, has never been married, and has no children.
On last night’s episode of The Joy Behar Show, political commentator Ron Reagan Jr. said that these comments by Fallin are a calculated part of her overall political strategy to paint her challenger as an “Other.” Fallin’s touting of her own marital and motherhood status are a passive aggressive means of implying that her single, childless opponent must be different…defective…perhaps lesbian…all without ever actually saying any of these words. Saying it without saying it is Fallin’s covertly hostile, purely passive aggressive way of casting doubts on her opponent’s personal worthiness in the minds of voters.
In a campaign that was already dirty, the Oklahoma Governor’s race just got fully mired in passive aggressive muck.
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>Did you see the news headline this morning about Sarah Palin’s vacation-wear? Apparently, she was filmed by the paparazzi wearing a sun visor with her former Presidential running mate’s name blacked out! As if her book, Going Rogue, had not spurned enough of her political foes in a backhanded way, now she’s blacking out McCain’s name with a Sharpie, for all of the world’s cameras to see! This is classic passive aggressive revenge, accompanied by all of the hallmark excuses that justify, rationalize, and excuse her behavior. Here’s her statement:
“I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way. I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito.”
“Incognito?” Seriously? That’s the best excuse she can come up with? It’s almost like she’s not even trying to cover up her resentment… Her and Tiger Woods have got to know that they will be filmed everywhere they go! There is no “incognito” as she keeps making public moves like this one!
This Blog is made to laugh about the hilariously conniving lengths that people are willing to go to to express their hidden anger; when I saw the news this morning, I knew it couldn’t get more funny–or more passive aggressive–than Palin’s searing political statement!
>Here’s a great look at passive aggression on the world’s stage. Check out this clip from Th Daily Show with John Stewart, featuring the speech of Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the United Nations:
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