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Misogyny is alive and well in Minnesota: Republican chicks are hot! Democrats are not!

As first reported by Mother Jones, yesterday, the Minnesota state GOP released a video whose sole purpose is to show just how hawt Republican women are and how fug their Democrat counterparts are. Well, well, well. How classy. Now, given that the video (embedded below) is positively comical in its hackneyedness and looks like Michele Bachmann’s pet goldfish slapped the thing together with a budget of $0.50, it’s barely worth commenting on. But since commenting on pop cultural matters is what we do here at PopWatch, comment on it I shall.

First we see a series of flattering pics of various Republican gals (everyone from Sarah Palin to Heather Locklear) set to Tom Jones’ “She’s A Lady.” Then come the photos of the Dems, each one carefully selected for maximum undesirability and accompanied by the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”.

Oh look, there’s Michelle Obama looking like she just stuck her finger in a light socket in the Lincoln Bedroom. Oh hey, there’s Rosie O’Donnell caught mid-snarl.  O’Donnell pops up a number of times in the video (as do Janeane Garofolo and Hillary Clinton, natch), including one shot in which the Queen of Nice’s head has been Photoshopped onto captured Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s hairy body. Oh, the nuance of their argument. How it impresses.

Though a female member of the GOP, Andrea Kieffer, denounced the video as “juvenile” in the Minnesota Independent, the Minnesota Republican Party’s webmaster, Randy Brown, defended it, insisting “its only intention was to bring a smile to a few people’s faces, and possibly irritate a few others. Is it fair? Does that matter? It wasn’t intended to be fair. It was intended to be funny.” Well, my sides aren’t splitting. Aside from the glaring issue of misogyny — Ha ha! It’s so funny and so very easy to focus on women’s appearances rather than their accomplishments! Yes, we’re apparently still having this argument in 2010 — the video is just lame, lacking a single iota of cleverness. Your team’s ladies are hot and the other side’s are not? That’s all you got, Mr. Brown? Really? Sorry, dude, but if you’re trying to bring a smile to my face, you’re going to have to aim for something more subtle than a drooling Neanderthal who just can’t stop clubbing himself in the head.

What do you think of the video?

Originally posted August 18 2010 — 5:06 PM EDT

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