Now, Ms. Bachmann* - pay attention to me, Arlen Specter, 32nd Degree Knight of Columbus and U.S. Marshall Reserves. Young Lady, here's a few words of wisdom from a Man who crossed the aisle and crossed swords with John McCain in the U.S. Senate Gents - before they put in those girly self-contained urinal buckets!
Be Like Pa,
Not Like Sis
Lift the Lid,
When You Gotta Relieve Yourself !
My God Ms. Bachmann this is . . .19. . .19. . . is Thursday! Why only yesterday, I was telling Barry Goldwater, "Barry, Act like a Jew, for Christ's Sake!" Now, politics is all velocinators and hippomobiles. Senator Goldwater's favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter. Am I making my self clear? Actually, that's the diuretic. Watch out now! Woah, Big Fella!!!! Goin' like firehose with no fireman!"
The exchange, broadcast on 1210 AM's Dom Giordano Show [but not archived on the station's site], began when Specter challenged Bachmann to articulate what, exactly, she stands for, according to a readout on the clash published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's lively Early Returns blog.
Bachmann first laid out her agenda -- cutting taxes and killing President Obama's health reform bill -- at considerable length.
When Specter tried to counter, Bachmann, darling of the Tea Party movement, kept on talking, which didn't sit well with the one-time Philadelphia DA, who is a stickler for politeness and protocol.
"I'm going to treat you like a lady," Mr. Specter shot back. "Now act like one."
Ms. Bachmann replied, "I am a lady."
Things went on along this line for a while -- with Specter later asking Bachmann to "act like a lady," according to the PPG's Daniel Malloy.
Bachmann is hardly a beloved figure in Democratic circles. But how many liberal women, whom Specter badly needs to defeat front-running Paul Toomey, would appreciate being told to "act like a lady" by a male debate partner?