In last Wednesday's Republican debate, Herman Cain referred to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "Princess Nancy". He was widely criticized for this and later said it was a mistake. Some said it was sexist.
Maybe I'm dense, butI just don't get it. Yes, it was flip and a bit disrespectful, but wasn't the reference to Speaker Pelosi's power rather than to personal traits? Would it have been better if the reference had been to Queen Nancy or Czarina Nancy?