More Problems For Hillary, This Time It's Mike Easley:
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's high-profile embrace of Hillary Clinton may not play out as an unalloyed asset for her. The main sound bite he delivered in endorsing her presidential candidacyNorth Carolina Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but in the process used an insulting term for gay men today sparked criticism (muted, for the most part) for being an insult to gays.
Referring to his own reputation as a hard-charging politician, he said, "I've been accused of being persistent and downright aggravating." As Clinton stood next to him in an auditorium at North Carolina State University, he added, "But this lady right here makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy." (More about the event is available here.)
The first definition in Webster's New World Dictionary for pansy is "any of various violets." But then there's this: "[Slang] an effeminate man; esp. an effeminate male homosexual: often a contemptuous term."
OK, so it's a bit of a stretch but rest assured that if McCain or any high profile Republican said this you'd never hear the end of it.