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Republicans in Minnesota have yanked a YouTube video that pictured prominent women Democrats including Nancy Pelosi, Madeleine Albright and Janet Reno set to the song, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" But the controversy over the clip rages on.

The video, titled "Republican Women vs. Democrat (sic) Women," appeared on the GOP's site for state Senate District 56. It also showed photos of Republican women such as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and various Fox News commentators while Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" played.

Minnesota Democrats have denounced the video while EMILY's List, a national political group dedicated to electing pro-choice progressive women, said it was "juvenile and offensive" and "demeaning to elected officials – regardless of party."

In a statement Wednesday, EMILY's List called on members of the state and national GOP to come out against the video:
"If Republicans in Minnesota, like Michele Bachmann and Tom Emmer, and national leaders like Sarah Palin - who has endorsed both of those candidates and predicted a 'rising tide' of women voters this cycle - think that this disgusting video is an acceptable way to treat women and women leaders in the state and across the country then their silence will speak volumes. However, if they believe as we do, that women voters and women in office deserve to be respected, then they should join EMILY's List in denouncing this video."
The site's Web master, Randy Brown, told The Minnesota Independent he published the video.

"[I]ts only intention was to bring a smile to a few peoples' faces, and possibly irritate a few others," Brown said. "Is it fair? Does that matter? It wasn't intended to be fair. It was intended to be funny."

Republican state House candidate Andrea Kieffer told the Independent she requested the video be removed, calling it "juvenile."

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sysaphus71

Hello Emily, Would this collection of women be so disconcerting if the women stayed the same but their AGENDA was reversed? What IS IT that really makes the Libs tick? I don't believe it has anything to do with beauty or youth or intelligence, it's seems more like it has to do with insecurity.

August 19 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
exitar01

I like the fact that the video has absolutely nothing in it dealing with what republican women want to achieve when elected or currently in office. The video was shallow and middle school in its attempt to demoralize the liberal base. These tactice were used before (the K Rove playbook) don't talk issues just demonize the opposing party. make people forget that you have to actually know who you are voting for and not just vote straight tickey party line.

August 19 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Gary's Screen

What a bunch of morons these people are. I am sure if Dems wanted to find ugly Republican women for videos they would have no problem doing so. My question is what does beauty or ugly looks have to do with running a country. Everett Dirksen was not an physically attractive person, but he was an outstanding statesman. I am sorry if those of you under the age of 50 don't know what a statesman is. He is a politician who leads with his head and not his rear. There seems to be damned few of them left! Palin can't even finish out one term as a governor and she thinks, apparently, she should be elected President! As Harry Truman, a not so handsome President, once said "If you can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen!"

August 19 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Kim

If this was the other way around, Emily's list would be silent as all the liberalorganizations and mainstream media are when Libs put out similar propaganda. Dems always knocked Rep women. Palin and Bachmann are very intellegent and beautiful women who care about their families and this country. I wish more men and women would follow their lead. Truthfully, why is this even a story other than to Republican bash. The focus should be on the economy not how pretty or ugly the women are who dedicate their lives to serving our country. R-e-p-u-b-l-i-c-a-n or D-e-m-o-c-r-a-t-i-c women.

August 18 2010 at 10:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
bubba1zfg

You can't cry foul when the same tactics are being used.

August 18 2010 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
KELLI2L

~ What will it take to get 'ALL' politicians to play nice for a change? If the citizens can get a hold of the information they need about politicians - all in one or a few websites - we can make smart choices for ourselves, right? So, give the people what they need and cut out these political Cat Fights. . . . ~ P.S. = The Dems were merciless toward Sara Palin during the Primaries as I recall and no one stopped THEM ~

August 18 2010 at 10:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dtjump

You know, its strange that Emily's list a liberal group would be so upset about this video, when they were so condescending to Bush. There is an old saying, "what goes around, what comes around". I guess that the libs can dish it out, but can't take it. What a buncha hypocrites!

August 18 2010 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

Emily must have one heck of a list of "offensive people" if she can't laugh at this.

August 18 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
MAC

who is complaining about this video?

August 18 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Emily's List is a group of progressive nuts who support rewriting the Constitution every five minutes to suit their ultra liberal whims and agendas. Palin does not owe this group so much as blink. I have never once seen them standing up for Palin during the barrage of daily personal attacks against her, so I find it just a bit too precious that they are so concerned about this old video of Dem women suddenly, just a few months before elections.

August 18 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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