Video: Campaign slogan of the year
posted at 4:33 pm on July 22, 2010 by Allahpundit
Some people are angry about it but the sheer stupidity of the situation had me giggling through the clip. Andy Levy, if you’re reading this: Please devote a “Red Eye” segment to this idiocy tonight.
State elections officials Wednesday narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate’s attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch'” under her name on the ballot…
“I’m not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I’m stating what I’m not,” Griffin told board members. “It’s my constitutional right to freedom of speech.”…
“She says a lot in five words,” [Board member Thomas] Barland said of Griffin. “It wasn’t pornographic. It wasn’t obscene, and I didn’t interpret it as racial.”
Donald Downs, a free speech expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said approving the ballot language would have made it difficult to reject a hypothetical case in which a white candidate said he was not beholden to the “black man.” He said that the board was probably within its rights to restrict the speech because the ballot was, in a sense, “providing a platform” for Griffin.
The board voted 3-2 in favor of letting her use the slogan on the ballot but, by law, she needed four votes. Now she’s suing them in court on First Amendment grounds. Frankly, I would have voted in her favor: If this is the way she wants to advertise herself, let her do it and take her chances in the booth as any candidate would. Why deprive voters of knowing that this is what she regards as a thoughtful, forward-looking campaign message?
But now to the fun part — namely, her explanation for why the word “bitch” shouldn’t be a problem. Click the image to watch.