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How Desperate are Democrats? by American Elephant
October 8, 2010, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Election 2010, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

It’s 2010 and their most effective campaign messages are accusing women of witchcraft or calling them “whores”.

Windmill power, tyrannical government, keeping uppity women in their place with witch trials and scarlet letters — that’s what the left considers “progress”  — a return to the 17th century.

Update: Great minds think alike. Althouse observes the same tactics, and points to Democrat attempts to smear a Republican candidate who is a history buff and historical reenactor as a “Nazi” as well, because his reenactment group does not purge the Nazis from the history of WWII.

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This is what is so tiresome: the double standard applied by political parties. On August 31st you posted an article which seemed to imply that Nanci Pelosi had actually said: “Now witness the power of this fully-armed and operational death panel!”

When I suggested that you should not put between quotation marks something that a person did not say, you chided me for lacking a sense of humor.

Anybody reading the article on Christine O’Donnell by Doug Molitor, “L.A. comedy writer who enjoys traffic, brushfires and smog” will immediately recognize it as exaggerated humor.

But you guys try to turn it into evidence of the depths to which the Democratic party will sink. How sad.

Comment by Subsidy Eye

You’re right. His piece was humor, as are the thousands of other similar posts by other liberals in the sense that they don’t really believe she is a witch. I don’t believe they actually think she’s a witch. They are just using hyperbole to claim that she is unfit for office because she did something silly in college.

You know what is also humor? Monty Python — the clip I started this post with — most people recognize that.

And I similarly do not believe that liberals actually want to return us to the 17th century. I am also just using hyperbole to draw attention to the hypocrisy and unseemliness of supposed “feminists” engaging in misogynistic tactics. Much the way liberals call Condeleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Justice Thomas and other black conservatives “house n**gers”, and slur other minorities who dare stray off the Democrat plantation. Believe me, as a gay Republican, I have a very long list of examples I can cite.

But the fact that I use Monty Python to point out the hypocritical, misogynistic nature of the attacks doesn’t make them any less hypocritical or misogynistic.

Which is why, I suspect, it rather got your goat in the first place. Because it was effective.

Comment by American Elephant

No, liberals do not want to return us to the 17th Century because there we began the process that gained a great head of steam in the 18th Century — the Enlightenment. Liberals do not want us reading, critiquing, learning from, improving upon, and gaining from both the good and bad of Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Hamilton, Adams, Mason, Paine, Franklin, Voltaire, Diderot, de Beaumarchais, Adam Smith…

Comment by zeusiswatching

;)@ zeus

Comment by American Elephant

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But the fact that I use Monty Python to point out the hypocritical, misogynistic nature of the attacks doesn’t make them any less hypocritical or misogynistic. Which is why, I suspect, it rather got your goat in the first place. Because it was effective.

That is what is weird about this post. The one article to which you link is clearly humor. The other clearly is not. (But let’s not forget that recordings of bad language by people in high office goes back at least to Richard Nixon.)

Got my goat? No. Effective at what? I was just pointing out what seems to me an inconsistency in what you consider “politics” versus humor.

Your remark that you “got my goat” seems to imply that you assume that people are neatly divided between liberals and conservatives. They aren’t. There are many of us who don’t like the complete package offered by the Democratic Party any more than they like the complete package offered by the Republican Party. So if you are trying to appeal to the undecided, rather than just preaching to the choir, you might think twice about how you deal with guests who challenge some of the things you write.

By the way, it was enjoyable to see the Monty Python skit again. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my all-time favorite flicks. So I do thank you for that.

Comment by Subsidy Eye

Your remark that you “got my goat” seems to imply that you assume that people are neatly divided between liberals and conservatives.

No, Subsidy, it’s simply a reasonable description of a comment that started out decrying a “tiresome double standard” that doesn’t actually exist.

Comment by American Elephant




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