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09 March 2012

Democratic Party Activism Dressed Up As Feminism.


  If Democrats are so outraged by misogyny in the media, why is President Obama’s super PAC taking Bill Maher’s $1 million? And why is David Axelrod reportedly going on ‘Real Time’?

By Kirsten Powers

The truth hurts.

Members of the professional left reacted with outrage to my column this week calling them out for their fake war against media misogyny. Instead of addressing the encyclopedia of left-wing misogyny I raised, many liberals chose instead to start a ferocious battle with all manner of straw men.

“It’s not true that liberals never call out people for misogyny!” is the refrain. Of course it’s not true, and I never said it was. Many of the professional left seem incapable of distinguishing between a few blog posts and comments condemning left-wing misogyny and a full-scale war to remove someone from their job. This really shouldn’t be so hard to grasp: If you hate misogyny and sexism in the media, then react to the consistent and repeated misogyny of men on the left with the same fervor that you have reacted to Rush Limbaugh’s sickening outbursts

President Obama has seen fit to wade into the Limbaugh kerfuffle, even telling reporters Tuesday that Limbaugh’s behavior was an attack on everyone’s daughter and “I do not want them attacked or called horrible names.” Speaking of daughters, do you remember when Bill Maher said that the real name of then-20-year-old Bristol Palin’s book should be “Whoops, There’s a Dick in Me?”

“But Maher doesn’t have sponsors like Limbaugh does!” cry the left-wing Maher enablers. Yes, but he does have an endless stream of high-profile liberals parading through his studio. In fact, it was reported that none other than David Axelrod, who on Wednesday attacked Mitt Romney for his insufficient outrage over Limbaugh’s sexist rant, is set to visit the Maher show to kiss the ring of the Misogynist One. Also, I’m no genius, but doesn’t HBO run his show? Couldn’t liberals boycott HBO?

 “There are countless fair-weather feminists in the progressive community. Caring about sexism is important when it suits their political goal. Because the most important voting bloc for President Obama is women, as we head closer to November you will see these fair-weather feminists start burning their bras for political expediency.”

 - Jehmu Greene, Democratic strategist, former president of the Women's Media Center

Rush Limbaugh is justifiably boycotted for calling a woman a “slut” and a “prostitute,” but the man who used the c-word, twat and boobs to refer to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann is getting a visit from a top Democratic strategist. Liberals have demanded that GOP leaders denounce Limbaugh, but President Obama, who has opined repeatedly on the Limbaugh controversy, refuses to denounce Maher. This despite the fact that Maher has made a high-profile $1 million donation to Obama’s super PAC, which is run by longtime Obama aide Bill Burton.
But remember: liberals care deeply about misogyny.

“But Palin and Bachmann are public figures! It’s different than attacking a private citizen like Sandra Fluke!” the chorus of apologists chime. What principles they have. Misogyny is so terrible, but it’s fine if it’s directed at a public woman. Remember that when a conservative host calls Nancy Pelosi the c-word.

The most desperate attempt to avoid the reality of liberal misogyny was spearheaded by Keith Olbermann, who crawled out of his cave to accuse me of “defending Rush Limbaugh” because I pointed out liberal piggishness.  On his Current TV show last night, the former sportscaster informed his viewer to ignore me because I was just a “house-tamed Fox News liberal.” After he also tweeted his attacks—which were echoed by other liberals trying to distort what I said—his (presumably “progressive”) followers let me know that I was a “wind-up toy” and a “bobblehead” and “just another brainless plastic doll Fox puts on camera to appease the horned up 60-year-old white dudes at home.” All the typical insults that male political analysts and columnists get, I’m sure.

Don’t forget: liberals are the feminists; it’s the GOP who hates women.

Liberal men marginalizing women in the media with name-calling is actually more common that you would think, and it isn’t reserved just for conservative women. Veteran political reporter Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post wrote this week about the time Matt Taibbi—who incidentally blurbed Rachel Maddow’s new book—described Tumulty variously as “mannish,” a “female impersonator,” a “pre-op version of Dave Barry,” and “ugly.”  She says that he also “wrote at length about the size of one female reporter’s rear end, and called another one  ‘squirrely bitch.’”

If the left reacted with the same furor to liberal misogyny as they have reacted to Limbaugh, misogynist cracks would go the way of racist and anti-gay “jokes.” Let’s just call a spade a spade: the uproar over Limbaugh is only because it fits into the Democratic narrative that the GOP is “anti-woman.” It’s Democratic Party activism dressed up as feminism.

In an painful-to-watch video posted to YouTube today, Democratic congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Jan Schakowsky—who both blasted Limbaugh for his behavior—repeatedly refuse to condemn Bill Maher calling Gov. Sarah Palin a “c--t” and a “dumb twat.” Why is this so difficult?

Jehmu Greene, a Democratic strategist who is the former president of the Women’s Media Center, told me:  “There are countless fair-weather feminists in the progressive community. Caring about sexism is important when it suits their political goal. Because the most important voting bloc for President Obama is women, as we head closer to November you will see these fair-weather feminists start burning their bras for political expediency.”

Regarding liberals going on Bill Maher’s show instead of protesting him, Greene says: “They care more about their friendship with him and their personal visibility than about how offensive he is. A lot of liberals wear getting booked on his show as a badge of honor when they should be repulsed by him. ”

Says Greene:  “It’s imperative liberals have this conversation [about left-wing media misogyny], no matter how uncomfortable it makes them. If liberals address our own culpability when it comes to sexism and misogyny, more women will dare to compete [in the public arena], which will dramatically increase victories on the issues we care most about.”

Indeed.  Are you listening David Axelrod?

Soph:  And, Dave, if you do happen to be listening, get more Kirsten Powers on your team and I might start to take your protestations seriously because, as it stands now, I know to the core of my being that, if the roles were reversed, 99.5% of the Left would not be defending me...and I am only 4 years older than Ms Fluke and do have a law degree from an Ivy League school.

I would like to show a post from Hot Air in response to one of mine bringing up the point that the Left practically performed a vivisection on Carrie Prejean, a "young woman merely stating her own opinion," who articulated the same position on SSM held by President Obama: 

"I think what you meant to say was that Carrie Prejean was a bit of an idiot (as subsequent public appearances confirmed)who was briefly famous because she has nice boobs, while Sarah Fluke has serious views and ambitions and is smart enough to get into a top law school. 

urban elitist on March 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM" 

Translation:   It's OK to call women, who we think are dumb, stupid, bimbo-ish,  low-class,  rednecky, etc., or who are Christians, conservatives, and express opinions with which we disagree, sluts, whores and cunts.  We get to decide which women are sluts, whores, and cunts., not you, silly.

So, now, women have to take an IQ test before it is determined whether or not they are fair game to be called names? Either it is wrong to call women “sluts, wh0res, and cunts” or it is not. Trying to make a moral equivalence or justification or claiming that one is OK because, well, you hate her and its funny is just not going to cut it with me.

The Left’s protestations of outrage are laughable to me. I’m sorry, but that’s just how it is. They have zero credibility. None. It is sort of like when they claim to be “pro-choice,” but then vote to take away my choices by passing ObamaCare. (If you think that I am being melodramatic, then tell me whether or not I will be able to keep only my major medical policy in 2014? If you say “yes,” you are an idiot. If you don’t know, then shame on you for being such a kook-aide drinker.) They do not care about me and I have learned to return the favour.

I can’t get worked up about Ms Fluke getting called a slut when the Left calls women sluts, cunts, & whores all of the time. If you want to get me to start to be concerned, then start cleaning up your own house….oh, and put a helluva more Kirsten Powers on your team and get rid of hypocrites like Sheila Jackson-Lee and Jan Schakowsky, who can’t find it in themselves to condemn Bill Maher’s misogyny. 

Democrats, the Party of the "Nuts-n-Sluts" Strategy and Hypocrisy!

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