July 18th, 2004


Those Naughty Illinois Republicans


A possible Republican contender for the Illinois Senate seat is apparently going down in flames for comments made at a staff birthday party while she worked for the Bush Administration. Andrea Grubb Barthwell's actions were described in the AP article thusly:

"Dr. Barthwell suggested that the staff member would want to cut the cake available for the gathering because the knife was 'long and hard' and he might 'enjoy handling it.' When the cake was cut, Dr. Barthwell referred to the pieces as 'most' or 'beefy' and she said to the staff member, 'I know you like it big and meaty.'"

The staff member in question was apparently a gay man. Now I'm all for a little queer-baiting among friends, as long as it's done with love and respect. But there's something gruesome about comparing a knife to a penis so literally.