It is not a coincidence that the women and minorities who are prominent conservatives are unusually vile and unqualified - it is by design.Thankfully, in the case of the recent civuffle, the conservatives were pretty quiet; but I think my point is still valid.
I believe that the conservatives actively seek out, recruit, and cultivate these people, not just to apply a thin layer of I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Diversity on top of their Wonderbread movement, but to provide endless opportunities to accuse their opposition of the very hatefulness that is their stock in trade.
Democrats opposing Clarence Thomas for being a sleazy sexual harasser? A lynch mob.
Liberals/Democrats pointing out, repeatedly, that Condi Rice is criminally incompetent? Racist, sexist, and possibly homophobic.
Liberals jumping all over Michelle Maglalang (or something) for her hypocrisy about Teresa Heinz Kerry's "professional name" when she uses one herself? Racist and sexist.
Liberal outrage at Ann Coulter over... jeez, who can keep track? Yeah, definitely sexist, yeah.
Liberals making a fuss about a gay prostitute in the White House press corps (possibly sleeping over as well)? Homophobic.
Liberals bashing Israel's increasingly sadistic Palestinian policy, neocons, or Joe Lieberman (and don't try to tell me he hasn't been cultivated by the Republicans)? Anti-semitic (I'm Jewish, by the way - but perhaps I'm self-hating).
Even the failed nomination of the laughably unqualified Harriet Miers to the SCOTUS (that really happened - I didn't just dream it, right?) was used as an example of liberal sexism, even though it was Republicans who ultimately shot her down.
To some extent, we play into the Republicans' hands every time we so much as mention their race, sex, or orientation while attacking them (although it's kinda the whole point in Gannon's case). However, the sad fact is that even if we scrupulously referred to, say, Ramesh Ponnuru or John Yoo as snivelling, sadistic little cockroaches without ever once mentioning their race, we would still be accused of racism, even if that is precisely what we are attacking them for. Such is the opportunistic illogic of the Republicans and their captive media.
Believe me, I am no civility advocate, even if I don't swear much on this blog (what can I say, my Dad reads it). If you want to curse these fuckers out, feel free. But just remember that they are trying to bait you. They want to collect and display as many samples of liberal "intolerance" as they can, the higher-profile the better. Don't make it easy for them. Besides, it's not like there isn't a wealth of material to work with - why waste time on cheap shots that are beside the point, which is not that Coulter and Malkin are women, but that they are evil.
One additional recommendation: Keep a bunch of minority, women's, and gay rights issues in your back pocket to wave at the conservative flying monkeys whenever they start insincerely protesting their compassion for the oppressed. Surely they should be willing to go on record with their support of gay marriage to prove that they're the tolerant ones, right? Or at least to condemn the Right's shabby treatment of women like Cindy Sheehan and Valerie Plame. Or ask them how the glorious liberation of the women of Afghanistan and Iraq is coming along.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
This Is Probably Worth Repeating...
I posted this about 5 months ago, but it now seems timely enough that an exhumation may be in order: