Pro-tip: never launch an attack ad against a candidate that allows her to make this response:
“The fact that they use this theme of Martha McSally in a kitchen cooking up recipes is … overtly sexist and insulting to any woman, but it certainly doesn’t fit specifically with me,” she said in a phone interview. “For crying out loud, I served 26 years in the military. I was too busy shooting 30 mm out of my A-10 at the Taliban and al Qaeda to spend any time in a kitchen.”
The A-10 is, of course, this:
…the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, otherwise known as the ‘Warthog’ for its looks. This plane is also known as the ‘flying tank’ (because it, well, is); and as I understand it its operators are notably exempt from the casual prejudice shown by the Army and/or Marines towards USAF personnel. Possibly this is because the Warthog is used effectively and routinely in supporting ground troops. You can shoot the living heck out of a Hog and it will still ruin your day via the application of 30mm DU shells, and then fly home.
So that’s what Col. McSally was flying. Before she became a squadron commander, and while she was successfully suing the Defense Department over having to wear the abaya while in Saudi Arabia. Which is to say, [the ad that the Democrats cut] is not an accurate image – and, using the rules that Democrats themselves claim to follow, a remarkably sexist one as well. But then, I guess Pelosi is probably personally offended that McSally doesn’t have to jump through the same male-created hoops that Pelosi did in order to get ahead in politics…
PS: Tough race, but a potential upset. Martha McSally for Congress.
[Edited for clarity.]