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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women.

With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having to highlight their somewhat sorry field of dreams candidates.  Not to mention that his wife Gloria has already gone out on a ledge for him and proclaimed that he’s VERY respectful of women.

But I guess it’s hard to help himself, as he demonstrated when, in attacking Nancy Pelosi in a recent GOP debate on her stand on health care legislation.  Instead of outlining their differences, Cain decided it was a red meat moment a good vote-getting tactic to refer to one of the most powerful women in Washington as “Princess Nancy.

Oh yes.  He went there.

There are a lot of things wrong with that, not the least of which is that as someone who was Speaker of the House — the first woman Speaker of the House in American history, thank you very much –  Pelosi deserves the respect of the title of her office, even during the most heated disputes over the issues.  But Republicans have a history of not being respectful toward powerful Democratic women.  When Hillary Clinton was a Senator, her opponents frequently refused to call her “Senator,” opting for the more dismissive “Mrs. Clinton” or just rudely calling her by her first name in situations where the menfolk always got referred to by their official titles.

You know if any Democrat tried to refer to Michele Bachmann as “Princess Michele” the conservative talk radio machine would be concocting all kinds of reasons that amounted to treason.

Herman should be careful (I figure if he can call the Minority Leader and the woman who used to be third in line for the presidency a “princess,” I can call him by his first name).  Pelosi is tough.  But she’s tough in that “I was raised in the 1960s, Baltimore is a rough political town” sort of way.  When she cuts with an insult, you won’t feel it until she’s long gone.  When asked recently about Cain’s remark, Pelosi scoffed, dismissing him as “clueless.”

My friend Angie noted shortly after Cain’s snarky remark, that Pelosi would look great in a crown.  But if she chose to wear one, I don’t think it would be the Disney Princess kind.

She’d be the King.

If you’re going to be royalty, I say go for the position with all the power — just pronounce yourself King.  I know, Pelosi is a woman, so that should mean she’ d be a Queen if she actually were royalty, but everyone knows that the word “king” evokes more power, even if it shouldn’t.

So, as all good debaters, when being asked about this whole princess nonsense, Pelosi took the king-like opportunity to talk about the next big thing on her political agenda — child care.  Real, affordable child care for all American families who are just trying to make ends meet.  She knows she’s going to take major conservative heat for putting that on the agenda.  I have no doubt she’ll get called all sorts of new names, like socialist or worse.  But she doesn’t care.  She knows she has the real power by not buying into the whole princess silliness and taking this moment of attention to promote a more important agenda that she believes makes sense.

Long live the King.

Image courtesy Angie Lynch