Conservative Political Conference Stunt Makes Joke of Violence Against Women by Using “Pelosi Pinata”

Robin Marty

CPAC thinks whacking a Nancy Pelosi pinata is just fine, as long as it's women doing it.

Ah, CPAC. Like Thanksgiving, Fourth of July and Memorial Day all rolled into one, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is a time for the best and rightest of conservative activists and politicians to gather, test out their Republican credentials, and glorify the memory of their patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

And what better way to brandish conservative principles than to act out a little violence against women?

Attendees at a conservative conference in town this week
will have the opportunity to whack a pinata of Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.). Conservative Political Action Conference “CPAC”
begins Thursday here in D.C. and will feature a party Friday evening
where guests will have the opportunity to whack a Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) pinata.

Keri Ann Meslar, director of development for the Greater Washington
Sports Alliance and Katherine Kennedy of The Blonde Charity Mafia will
be two of three famous D.C. residents taking a turn at the pinata
during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which
starts on Thursday. Meslar will be the guest “whacker” at a
CPAC-sponsored party in Georgetown.

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Mary Christopher, outreach coordinator for CivicForumPAC, said the
Pelosi piñata will be filled with favorite Pelosi sayings, bills and
candy. The party hopes to invite two other well-known D.C. residents to
smash the piñata first, before others in attendance will be invited to
try to take the Speaker down. “We’re hoping to have the females whack the piñata and males try their hand at a Harry Reid punching bag,” Christopher said.

Certainly, the Republicans would state that it’s not advocating violence against women, if it’s only women who are whacking at the Pelosi stand in.  After all, it’s the same argument they use when they have Republican women sponsor anti-choice legislation: "How can it be anti-women if it’s sponsored by a woman?"

On the bright side, this is still one step up from evoking women politicians as targets at shooting ranges during fundraisers. Good to see they are descalating the level of violence.

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