Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Things That Make Me Go Grrrrrrr.....

... And not in a sexy, playing tigeress kind of way.

Bloomberg News includes this story about how local issues in the early primaries play an outsized role in setting national and international policy. For Nevadans that issue is Yucca Mountain and nuclear energy.

The headline reads "Las Vegas Strippers May Influence Global Nuclear-Waste Policy" -- clearly a cheap headline-grabbing ploy. "Las Vegas Chefs May Influence Global Nuclear Waste Policy" or "Casino Workers May Influence Global Nuclear Waste Policy" lacks the same shock value.

The story is also insulting. The lead reads: "Tori, a 37-year-old Las Vegas stripper, is an unlikely person to set national energy policy."

Why? Tori is a Nevada voter who, based on the rest of the story, seems up on the issue. Do we doubt her ability to sift through political policies simply because she is a stripper? If she's an unlikely person to set national policy, should we be equally concerned about the Iowa farmer worried about ethanol or the Michigan auto worker worried about the economy?

Forget condescending surprise that a stripper might effect national policy. How about the candidates visit gentleman's clubs and burlesque shows in the same way they visit livestock auctions and diners. Dita Von Teese's vote counts too you know.

2 comments:

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