Who you calling Mother Hubbard?

Marylands favorite crabby, racist, sexist kook is back ... and he's "real mad!"

Published September 6, 2006 7:39PM (EDT)

Honestly, it's been way too long since we stopped shivering at the actions of our masseur in chief. And that was just hacky slapstick. Now, as Feministing reports, the real-deal old-school sexist goofball is back, and he's got great writers.

Incumbent Maryland state comptroller William Donald Schaefer -- he who famously, publicly and unrepentantly admired an aide's backside -- has apparently done it again, describing opponent Janet S. Owens as a "prissy little miss" who wears "long dresses, looks like Mother Hubbard -- it's sort of like she was a man." He went on. "She's got these long clothes on and an old-fashioned hairdo. You know, it sort of makes you real mad." If so, then he can relate to the Korean immigrants who took exception to Schaefer's comments linking them to missile tests by North Korea, or anyone else in the intended audience of Schaefer's currently airing television ad, in which he apologizes for past impolitic comments.

Schaefer remains ahead by a hair in the polls, supported, as Johns Hopkins University political scientist Matthew Crenson suggested to the Washington Post, by "the people who are used to this." Still, Crenson cautioned, Schaefer's latest nursery rhyme could alienate two key components of his core constituency: senior citizens, especially women. (You think?) "There are," Crenson said, "a lot of Mother Hubbards." Who, it shall be hoped, have thrown this ol' dog his last bone.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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