Conservative women aren’t cowed by liberal attacks
Here’s some news: Sarah Palin has a book coming out. Probably everybody knows that, not so much because it’s had to be advertised but because of the near-death experience it has been causing the mainstream media.
They’re not quite sure what to do, but they have come up with the remarkably clever approach to say that she’s stupid and everybody that reads her is stupid. Yes, that’s what passes for witty and urbane criticism of conservative authors and, for the most part, that is the highbrow analysis.
The American left has perfected the workhorse approach to life, trudging straight ahead, unable to see past its own blinders. In this instance, lefties ignore studies that find conservatives to be more informed on current events and declare such authors and their readers to be little more than dangerous rubes, sitting in outhouses somewhere between New York and Los Angeles, slowly moving their lips as they read the latest offering from fellow knotheads.
That these books by conservatives regularly top The New York Times bestseller list (Glenn Beck has a record) is cause for alarm, and elicited the suggestion by one large liberal Web site that a separate bestseller list be set up for conservative books. One assumes this would prevent the stigma of competition.
Former Gov. Palin falls into the unfortunate category of not just being a conservative author, but also a woman conservative author, a version of three strikes and you’re out in the heady circles of the elite media.
Women conservatives are treated with even less regard by the far left than their male counterparts, and the type of criticism they receive is usually not just the usual bitter name-calling and jeering, but often includes sexual innuendo and bizarre references that inadvertently expose the inclinations of the critic.
Books have been written about the media’s immediate and unending criticism of Sarah Palin, which many commentators point out confirms how much they fear her connection with the American public. Recently she has been parodied in drag by a gay Village voice columnist on MSNBC’s Countdown and a host on the same cable channel displayed fake photos of the her head on a bikini-clad woman holding an assault weapon as well as a similar one with her head on another woman’s body in a short black miniskirt. Current TV, an Al Gore production, referred to her as a “Gun-Ho” and an acronym that will not be printed in this newspaper.
National leaders are not alone in such treatment. Our conservative Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland has received a great deal of criticism that would probably not be leveled at a male. A quick survey of the comments and forums section of this newspaper turns up observations related to Rowland such as, “no one can claim to be a parent having only one child” and this confused Darwinian gem “a dog in a monkey suit would be an improvement over Janet Rowland!” There have been a few others that I know the overworked editor of that area had to remove.
Former County Commissioner Kathy Hall, another conservative, also had her share of vitriol levied at her in ways that might not have been done had she been a man. One of my favorites is on a liberal Web site identifying her as a “COGA dominatrix,” a reference in part to her representation of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
Both of these women have made real contributions to the area and Ms Hall, a private citizen for a number of years, has given back much — most recently a large donation to Hospice.
This matters little to those who attack conservative women immediately and personally through their families, their parenting and often their appearance.
Fellow Coloradan Michelle Malkin, a conservative columnist, was referred to by MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann on air as possessing “total mindless, morally bankrupt, knee-jerk, fascistic hatred, without which Michelle Malkin would just be a big mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”.
Unfortunately for their critics, conservative women who refuse the designated victim role assigned to them by progressives continue to frighten them.
They should be scared, these women are tough.