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Ironic Payback for Philly Democrat

Posted on | April 25, 2012 | 15 Comments

Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs

Does the name Babette Josephs ring a bell? You may remember last month Josephs, a Democratic Pennsylvania state legislator from Philadelphia, harshly criticized Republicans, especially GOP women who supported a bill to require ultrasounds before abortions:

Josephs’ remarks came at a political rally sponsored by the Lancaster County Democratic Committee, in which she accused Republicans in control of the state Senate and state House of turning Pennsylvania into a “laboratory for the right-wing. They’re trying all these experiments on us.”
Then, she took specific aim at women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, asking rhetorically, “I do not understand how a woman in this Legislature can say to herself: ‘I’m not capable of making my own health decisions… but I can get elected and make them for somebody else.’
“What is wrong with these women? What are they thinking about?” Josephs continued. “Are they women? Or are they men with breasts.”

That earned Josephs a lot hostile attention from conservatives: Steven Ertelt at Life News, Tina Korbe at Hot Air, Sister Toldjah, Weasel Zippers, Helen Whalen Cohen at Townhall and Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner. As a 27-year incumbent from a solidly Democratic district, Josephs might have thought she was invincible, and certainly she had no need to worry about “right-wing” Republicans.

Josephs failed to realize that she was vulnerable on her left flank. In yesterday’s Democratic primary, she lost to a challenger, her own former campaign treasurer, Brian Sims. So the Democrat who called pro-life GOP women “men with breasts” was defeated by a man who becomes — can you guess? — “the Commonwealth’s first openly-gay legislator.”


15 Responses to “Ironic Payback for Philly Democrat”

  1. Adjoran
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Well, you have to admit he IS better looking:    vs

    Babette would have done well not to remind voters she’s supposedly female.  If she had run as a really ugly gay man – like, say, Barney Frank –  she might have attracted some of the out-of-state money that Sims gathered.

    Now she will have to return to her normal private sector duties of scaring the heck out of people on Halloween.

  2. Adobe_Walls
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Justice works in mysterious ways.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm


  4. ThePaganTemple
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    So she lost because she wasn’t left-wing enough to suit her voters? Wow!

  5. richard mcenroe
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    So Buddy Hackett in drag accused conservative women of being “men with breasts” and got unseated by a poofter. 

    That’s East Coast sophistication for you…

  6. McGehee
    April 25th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Karma is a bitch.

  7. PhillyCon
    April 25th, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Thinking the same thing myself.

  8. richard mcenroe
    April 25th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Why do I feel like singing a chorus of “Circle of Life”?

  9. 2hearts4life
    April 25th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Babette, daring, have you BEEN to Boston? Now that you are  a proven loser, like “Pe-loser”, you can take your agenda for murdering Preborn human beings with you and ponder this: “Funny business, a woman’s career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you’ll need them when you get back to being a woman.”
    Margo Channing (Bette Davis) All About Eve.

    As for November 6, 2012, Election Night:
    “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”Margo Channing (Bette Davis) All About Eve.Eve vs. GodEve: 0God: Infinite! 

  10. Adobe_Walls
    April 25th, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Not always such as this case, I say just deserts.

  11. Wombat_socho
    April 25th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    This news made me smile. 

  12. Adjoran
    April 25th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

     No, her name is Babette.

  13. Doom
    April 26th, 2012 @ 3:52 am

    From behind with no gratuity?  Oh, right, Democrat.   Lost my train of thought for a second in some of the details.  

    …and the colored girls sang, doo ta doo doo…  Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    April 26th, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Because you have secrets we don’t know about???

  15. McGehee
    April 26th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I’m disappointed in both of you guys. It was a perfect setup for a “hungry Obama” joke.