Martha McSally takes on ‘war on women’, tightens her race

posted at 4:41 pm on October 29, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, running as a Republican in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, put the Democrats’ “war on women” message into perspective at a campaign event last week. The nation’s first female combat fighter pilot, McSally hasn’t taken kindly to being cast as part of Republicans’ alleged “war on women,” especially when Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s PAC decided to go after her with a kitchen-themed attack ad she called “overtly sexist.”

I’ve seen critiques of her comments from the left, which contend the truly heartbreaking circumstances of women elsewhere should not preclude criticism of circumstances at home. True, but what McSally is doing here is more than deflection. She’s positioning herself among those who have fought for women’s rights, here and abroad, and she’s got more claim to that position than most candidates. She’s also recognizing what it’s taken national Democrats too long to see— that women voters are not solely focused on abortion policy or Lilly Ledbetter, but on their livelihoods, their checkbooks, and making things work for their families in tough times.

Barber, formerly an aide to Rep. Gabby Giffords who was injured Jared Loughner’s attack on the congresswoman, is vying to keep the seat he won in a special election. The district is a swing district, and after redistricting is almost equal parts Republican, Democrat, and Independent. Most have considered chances of a GOP victory in the seat low, thanks in part to the tremendous good will Giffords and Barber maintain in the district, but McSally has insisted the race is tighter than conventional wisdom suggests.

Political analyst Stu Rothenberg offered some supporting evidence Friday when AZ-2 went from a rating of Democrat Favored to Lean Democrat in his ratings system.

The national press also took notice late last week, with a very positive Washington Post profile of McSally, which calls her “feisty and funny, blunt and occasionally profane,” with “obvious relish for blazing the most difficult trails.” The writer picked up on these anecdotes, which both made me laugh:

When former Republican senator Rick Santorum took a stand against women in combat during his presidential bid, McSally went on television and said she “wanted to go kick him in the Jimmy” for saying that.

She went to a private lunch earlier this month to persuade an elusive donor to give to her campaign. “And I didn’t even have to give the pitch, because he said right away he was going to give me $2,500,” McSally recalled. “You know what I said? Are you married? Not because I wanted to date him! Because I wanted to know if he had a wife who could max out, too!”

The whole thing is worth a read. Barber’s campaign had Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly go after McSally in the wake of the article, which again suggests it’s closer than Democrats would like.


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She said ‘rape’!!!!

Outrage!!!!!

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faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Another female “American Hero” that the marxist left hates…
Why do democrats hate strong, successful women?

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Conservative women, like conservative Blacks or conservative Latinos, are just not allowed to exist by the Dems and their media friends. They must be attacked and discredited.

mydh12 on October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

When former Republican senator Rick Santorum took a stand against women in combat during his presidential bid, McSally went on television and said she “wanted to go kick him in the Jimmy” for saying that.

After Tuesday, it will be “kick him in the Barack”.

Finbar on October 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Here is a link to Martha McSally’s campaign website where you can learn more about her:

http://mcsallyforcongress.com/

If you live in or near Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, please give us a field report on Martha McSally’s campaign.

wren on October 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Another female “American Hero” that the marxist left hates…
Why do democrats hate strong, successful women?

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Because they refuse to passively do what their told.

SWalker on October 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

shes a keeper

cmsinaz on October 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Another female “American Hero” that the marxist left hates…
Why do democrats hate strong, successful women?

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

They hate anybody who is strong and successful.
And they really hate people who can think for themselves.

Elizabetty on October 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Giffords’ is a very sad tale, but neither she nor her husband are in this race and sympathy for them shouldn’t be a factor. But the Dems will milk it because they have very little else.

KS Rex on October 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Why do democrats hate strong, successful women?

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Why do democrats hate strong, successful_____(fill in the blank)?

Sorry Hornet, I just wanted to expand on your thought.

DaveDief on October 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

AAARGGGHHH!!!! Enough with Obama’s repetitive use of the phrase “a whole bunch of . . .” — which, when he says it, comes out as “a whole buncha” It’s not folksy, it’s not cute, it’s not populist — it’s just bad syntax from the world’s all time alleged best speaker evah!

Ok, that, and the U.S. needs a “secretary of business” as much as it needs another four years of this incompetent as president.

natasha333 on October 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Oops, posted on the wrong thread. That’s what I get for letting my temper get the best of me. Apologies.

natasha333 on October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Speaking of wars and women…

Mother-of-four who abandoned family to join Occupy camp in New York divorces banker husband… and pockets $85k while giving him custody of children

Twisting her hair into long dreadlocks and wearing hippy-style t-shits with logos like ‘Make Love, Not War’, the 39-year-old traveled to New York, leaving her children behind.

Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad?‘ she told the Post, responding to criticism of her mothering techniques. ‘I’m fighting for a better world.’

Sounds like the dad and kids are getting a bargain at an $85,000 firesale.

sharrukin on October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

“Ms. McSally is a war criminal”.

-Obamabot circa 2007-8

rickyricardo on October 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

sharrukin on October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

We shouldn’t poke fun at the mentally ill.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oops, posted on the wrong thread. That’s what I get for letting my temper get the best of me. Apologies.

natasha333 on October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

That’s OK. I appreciate your passion.

oldleprechaun on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

In an email with the subject line “I cannot believe this,” Kelly proceeded to express outrage at McSally for comparing herself to Giffords.

“Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords. Time and time again, she has refused to give a straight answer when asked directly about the most important issues facing Southern Arizona,” he wrote.

“When someone points out how she changed her position on an issue from August to October, McSally complains that politics isn’t fair,” he continued. ”But when she talks to the tea party, she toes their line, spouting their policies on everything from health care to women’s rights and Social Security.”

He called her quote “outrageous.”

I expected more class from an astronaut and veteran.

Considering John Glenn’s final years as a senator, maybe not.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

In the name of decency Mark Kelly and Giffords should just stay away and out of it.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

He called her quote “outrageous.”

It is outrageously indecent for Kelly to not shut up.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Why do democrats hate strong, successful_____(fill in the blank)?

Sorry Hornet, I just wanted to expand on your thought.

DaveDief on October 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Appreciated…
:)

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

We shouldn’t poke fun at the mentally ill.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Couldn’t we at least throw rotten vegetables?

sharrukin on October 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I knew the Obummer team was in trouble with women when they started this whole birth control/abortion thing. They act like this is 1960! Women today do not think with their “ladyparts! They are educated, self sufficient and smart. They are also a HUGE part of the workforce and just as many of them are seeking employment as anybody else. Personally, I was insulted by the whole thing. And it IS the ECONOMY stupid!

kcd on October 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Just call her Martha Hong Kingston.

j/k – “woman warrior” just sounds odd, like “man warrior.”

Christien on October 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

She’s also recognizing what it’s taken national Democrats too long to see— that women voters are not solely focused on abortion policy or Lilly Ledbetter, but on their livelihoods, their checkbooks, and making things work for their families in tough times.

Whaaaaaaat???

I thought as long as you gave the lil darlin’s free stuff for their lady parts and they’d be happy. You mean that the economy, jobs, and the deficit are a womens’ issues too?

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Christien on October 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

How ’bout bad azz warthog driver?…maybe not.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

This Lady’s a Bad AZZ! Hopefully, she won’t turn out to be a rino. Doesn’t seam like it now, but neither did Rubio, until the eSTAB Repubs started filling his head with Future BS!
ADDENDUM on how to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I knew the Obummer team was in trouble with women when they started this whole birth control/abortion thing. They act like this is 1960! Women today do not think with their “ladyparts! They are educated, self sufficient and smart. They are also a HUGE part of the workforce and just as many of them are seeking employment as anybody else. Personally, I was insulted by the whole thing. And it IS the ECONOMY stupid!

kcd on October 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Seconded!

catsandbooks on October 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Ex combat pilot, eh? I wonder if Smokin’ Joe Biden thinks she has “balls the size of cue balls” too.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Better brace yourself Col. McSally, because if you think the flack you’re getting now is bad…

Just ask Mia Love, Col. West and any other minority Republican that doesn’t obediently wave the Little Red Book of Leftest Political Claptrap that we’re all expected to believe in as blindly follow the Left down to the rice fields.

:spit:

BlaxPac on October 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Ex combat pilot, eh? I wonder if Smokin’ Joe Biden thinks she has “balls the size of cue balls” too.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Not just any combat pilot. First woman to get assigned as a combat pilot.

Sued the Bush administration about the rule mandating women be second class citizens while in muslim countries (Saudi Arabia at least), and won.

She flew low and slow, down and dirty in the most impressive ground attack plane ever.

I would like to be there when slo-Joe tries to say that to her.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

We shouldn’t poke fun at the mentally ill.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Hey, if we can’t poke fun at liberals/democrats, HotAir is going to lose much of its appeal.

Midas on October 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Ex combat pilot, eh? I wonder if Smokin’ Joe Biden thinks she has “balls the size of cue balls” too.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Bigger’n *his*, I’ll wager.

Midas on October 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Must have piloted A10′s.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Good grief…this woman is a nutjob !!

Another whole life of being a wife and mother has escaped her.

Her life has been wrapped up in being the best man’s man, as a woman, that she can be !! And, when not doing that she has been a royal pain in the ass to many in the military….not a team player at all, but protected by the “diversity gods”.

Now wants to be a pain in the ass on the national stage?? Still using the “downtrodden woman” angle to advance herself ? C’mon people, get a grip. This is not where you want your leaders coming from !

Defeat this screwball!

Vote for some sanity even if the guys a democrat. Stay with Barber.

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Another beta who fears strong women.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Pound sand.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Mommy issues?

idesign on October 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

No matter what size, I’ll wager they’re larger than his…

affenhauer on October 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Midas on October 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I keep telling myself to read them all before I post, but I never seem to listen…

affenhauer on October 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

This should not even be a contest. I’d vote for her over Barber anytime.

kemojr on October 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Who the hell is BigSwine – new troll..?

affenhauer on October 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

As my daughter, a supervisor of Network Administrators, would say: you suffer from the ID-10-T error.

chemman on October 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Ex combat pilot, eh? I wonder if Smokin’ Joe Biden thinks she has “balls the size of cue balls” too.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

But what can she do on hardwood?

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

i’ve never heard of her. but now i’m glad i did!! (i must have missed previous articles hotair had on her)

Here is a link to Martha McSally’s campaign website where you can learn more about her:

http://mcsallyforcongress.com/

If you live in or near Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, please give us a field report on Martha McSally’s campaign.

wren on October 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

she seems really interesting and i love how she stands up for women in the middle east. the troubling pattern of women in that area being controlled by men is something i am passionate about on my blog too and i like seeing others who want to do something about it too. it says on her bio that she overturned a US military policy that required all US servicewomen to wear a headscarf when in saudi arabia, awesome =)

i really hope she wins her race. =(

Sachiko on October 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

She flew low and slow, down and dirty in the most impressive ground attack plane ever.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I worked on a project with a (genius) programmer who worked on the computer operating system for the ‘Hog. He had lots of interesting stories to tell about development…

1) During initial test flights, they were flying with underpowered engines (since the final ones weren’t ready yet). The test pilot simulated an engine out (it has two) and then fired the cannon… The recoil was so strong that it stalled out the plane on one engine! After that, they really pushed to get the final engines!

2) The warthog was one of the main reasons for the development of smart bombs… because of its fly-by-wire controls. The OS polls the status of various controls every few milliseconds. So when you press the bomb release, there’s a variable amount of time that passes… which when you’re flying at 500mph+ means you can miss by a wide margin. On reason for the smart bombs was to compensate for that variable release delay.

3) Based on #2… there were several discussions about what should happen if the control computers went out, and what should their status be when they were brought up. Managers were arguing for “their last status” while developers were arguing for “default status”. All it took was for my developer friend to ask two simple questions… Who will most likely reboot the failed computer… the pilot while in flight, or tech support on the ground? …and what would that mean if the computer went down right as the bomb release was hit? The managers went with the developers! :)

dominigan on October 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

not a team player at all, but protected by the “diversity gods”.

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Wow sounds like you’re somebody who got beat by a girl and never got over it. Bottom line, I’m more than happy if we get more people in Congress who were tested as combat pilots and less people who are career politicians who happened to get injured outside a Safeway.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Another whole life of being a wife and mother has escaped her.

Her life has been wrapped up in being the best man’s man, as a woman, that she can be !! And, when not doing that she has been a royal pain in the ass to many in the military….not a team player at all, but protected by the “diversity gods”.

Now wants to be a pain in the ass on the national stage?? Still using the “downtrodden woman” angle to advance herself ? C’mon people, get a grip. This is not where you want your leaders coming from !

Defeat this screwball!

Vote for some sanity even if the guys a democrat. Stay with Barber.

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

what the heck??? since when is she a “man’s man”- so only men should be allowed to be combat pilots? doing so automatically makes her a man?

why does every single woman automatically have to be a wife and mother? maybe she likes her life the way it is and doesn’t need you to tell her what she supposedly should have done in her life.

Sachiko on October 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

You obviously know nothing about McSally. If you did, you never would have written what you did. Read about who she is, what she’s done and what she believes in.

darwin on October 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Another whole life of being a wife and mother has escaped her.

Her life has been wrapped up in being the best man’s man, as a woman, that she can be !! And, when not doing that she has been a royal pain in the ass to many in the military….not a team player at all, but protected by the “diversity gods”.

Now wants to be a pain in the ass on the national stage?? Still using the “downtrodden woman” angle to advance herself ? C’mon people, get a grip. This is not where you want your leaders coming from !

Defeat this screwball!

Vote for some sanity even if the guys a democrat. Stay with Barber.
I hate my mommy…

BigSven on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

fify

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Why would anyone vote for a Democrat? They haven’t passed a budget, in the Senate for 3-1/2 years, which is one of the few things required of them. They could only accomplish this if every Democrat and Independent stayed with Reid because you only need 51 votes to pass a budget resolution. No Democrat, none, deserves to be re-elected, based on that alone.

bflat879 on October 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Remember, gabby giffords is supposedly besties with Debbie wasserman Schulz So I am not surprised that gabby’s hubby is inserting themselves in this race. Anyone besties with that woman is going to be far, far left leaning.

karenhasfreedom on October 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

In the name of decency Mark Kelly and Giffords should just stay away and out of it.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

They’re grooming Kelly to retake Giffords’ seat in the future.

Hill60 on October 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Martha McAwesome- Get her elected, then VP on the Ryan 2020 icket. Then first woman prez 2028

curved space on October 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Politicians sheesh!! It always comes down to jimmy’s and vaginas

longfeet on October 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Put McSally and Kelly are both pilots; put each of them in a ‘Hog and send them out to the Goldwater range to duke it out.

kenashimame on October 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

When former Republican senator Rick Santorum took a stand against women in combat during his presidential bid, McSally went on television and said she “wanted to go kick him in the Jimmy” for saying that.

Wasn’t he just referring to ground troops? If so, then I agree with Senator Santorum on this one…(speaking as a woman). Women as combat troops smells like a bad return of the Equal Rights Amendment and subjecting women to the draft. Can of worms and all that. Just my opinion.

Hat Trick on October 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Put McSally and Kelly are both pilots; put each of them in a ‘Hog and send them out to the Goldwater range to duke it out.

kenashimame on October 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Not necessary. Sooner or later, the MSM will report McSally said the word “rape”…

Strike Hornet on October 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Ex combat pilot, eh? I wonder if Smokin’ Joe Biden thinks she has “balls the size of cue balls” too.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

…Biteme wants to compare his marbles?

KOOLAID2 on October 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

KOOLAID2 on October 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Or lack of.

chewmeister on October 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Speaking of wars and women…

Mother-of-four who abandoned family to join Occupy camp in New York divorces banker husband… and pockets $85k while giving him custody of children

Twisting her hair into long dreadlocks and wearing hippy-style t-shits with logos like ‘Make Love, Not War’, the 39-year-old traveled to New York, leaving her children behind.

‘Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad?‘ she told the Post, responding to criticism of her mothering techniques. ‘I’m fighting for a better world.’

Sounds like the dad and kids are getting a bargain at an $85,000 firesale.

sharrukin on October 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

No kidding. He was probably willing to part with twice that.

Best for all involved. I hope her children treat her with the respect she deserves when they get older.

kim roy on October 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

In the name of decency Mark Kelly and Giffords should just stay away and out of it.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

They’re liberals.

kim roy on October 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

When, exactly, will the Left think that women have attained equality? I don’t think anyone ever graduates past victim status to the Left.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Listening to Capt. Kelly you’d think he was the only person to command the shuttle Endeavor.
Barber is a scheistkoff.
After the shooting in the Safeway parking lot he said he’d only run for Giffords seat ONCE. Total lie. And everyone knew it.
He started this organization (501C3 no doubt … i.e. TAX Exempt) that was all about “Civility” and you should just see the nasty, vicious, scandalous advertisements he is running against McSally in this campaign.
Sadly the GOP barely exists as a viable entity in southern AZ and the Dhimmirat machine might be able to fool the populace yet again. Patheitic really but it is due to the liberals escaping the collapse in Kalifornia. They are flocking to the depressed real estate in So. AZ. This in part is due to the depression/recession caused by the rest of the Democrat machine that has run Pima County for the past 25 years. Oh, and let’s not forget our ridiculous congresscritter: Raul “Boycot Arizona” Grijalva, D-Mex
He and Barber will keep the unemployment numbers up and the average pay below national poverty levels for as long as they can stay in office. Pathetic really.

Missilengr on October 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Giffords is propped up on a Styrofoam pedestal for Democrats to use for their various faux-outrage routines. How sad that her veteran husband stoops to the level of Nancy Pelosian stupidity.

Jaibones on October 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

In an email with the subject line “I cannot believe this,” Kelly proceeded to express outrage at McSally for comparing herself to Giffords.

“Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords. Time and time again, she has refused to give a straight answer when asked directly about the most important issues facing Southern Arizona,” he wrote.

“When someone points out how she changed her position on an issue from August to October, McSally complains that politics isn’t fair,” he continued. ”But when she talks to the tea party, she toes their line, spouting their policies on everything from health care to women’s rights and Social Security.”

He called her quote “outrageous.”
I expected more class from an astronaut and veteran.

Considering John Glenn’s final years as a senator, maybe not.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

If you had your choice of who to land your craft under tough circumstances you’d take a fighter pilot over an astronaut any day. The astronauts reflect the whole bureacratic empire known as NASA. The days of pioneering space and the cowboys needed to do it are long over. Now, most are just bureacratic clones that play the game well. it’s reflected in the fact the russians passed us up in the space race even though we spend 100 times what they did.

The naval fighter pilot has to land on a pitching and yawing deck with little control other than his skill and ability. It’s a team effort from the ship but in the end it’s just him/her on the stick.

acyl72 on October 30, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Wasn’t he just referring to ground troops? If so, then I agree with Senator Santorum on this one…(speaking as a woman). Women as combat troops smells like a bad return of the Equal Rights Amendment and subjecting women to the draft. Can of worms and all that. Just my opinion.

Hat Trick on October 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

This vet agrees that women do not belong as front-line fighters on the ground (Rush Limbaugh’s Amazon Battalion a possible exception). I can accept them as fighter pilots as long as they understand the special horrors that await them should they be shot down over the lands of barbarous, sub-human jihadist muzzies in the middle east.

swinia sutki on October 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM