In a move that was presumably part of the GOP’s ongoing national effort to attract more female voters, New Hampshire State Rep. Peter Hansen referred to women as “vagina's” during an e-mail exchange with his colleagues.
While discussing a speech delivered by Rep. Steve Vaillancourt regarding proposed “stand your ground” legislation, Hansen passionately described why he was against the concept of retreat. His extremely eloquent words on the matter went as such: “There were two critical ingredients missing in the illustrious stories purporting to demonstrate the practical side of retreat. Not that retreat may not be possible mind you. What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina's of course.”
A fantastic way of putting it, obviously.
Hansen was immediately called out by Democrats and Republicans who had been part of the e-mail exchange. To his credit, though, he quickly apologized for his comment. No, just kidding – he got really defensive about it instead.
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"Having a fairly well educated mind I do not need self appointed wardens to A: try to put words in my mouth for political gain and B: Turn a well founded strategy in communication into an insulting accusation, and finally if you find the noun vagina insulting or in some way offensive then perhaps a better exercise might be for you to re-examine your psyche," Hansen wrote.
When he realized that this mini-scandal wasn’t going away, he offered a half-apology to the overly-sensitive vaginas who were offended.
"Can there be any doubt my comment is being misinterpreted and taken completely out of context?" Hansen said in a statement. "It was not, and is not, my intention to demean women at any time. It is apparent that the intent of my remarks has been misinterpreted, the true goal of the message lost and for that I apologize to those who took offense."
Unsurprisingly, some vaginas weren’t placated by this.
"Representative Hansen's comments are crude, offensive and have no place in public discourse," State Republican chair Jennifer Horn said in a statement Tuesday. "There is no excuse for anybody to use such disrespectful language -- especially an elected official. I strongly condemn his disrespectful and shameful remarks."
Fortunately for Hansen, the media has bigger fish to fry than him this week.