Thursday, September 11, 2008

You go girl
Tom Smith

The New Republic hits on a clever strategy to counter Palinsanity. Send out reporters to cover McCain Palin events and then write things making fun of the women they meet there, how they dress, and their children. In my experience, women really respond well to that sort of thing.

Yet, I don't want TNR to stop. I think this is useful. And it may even promote some better style sense within the GOP. Denim shorts really are outre and the sooner that gets learnt, the better. See, we are open minded.

BUT check out the comments to the TNR piece. Readers seemed not to have picked up on the condescending tone, and are saying "yeah, Sarah is great." This is just too funny, when TNR readers misread.

https://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2008/09/you-go-girl-tom.html

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"Denim shorts really are outre and the sooner that gets learnt, the better. See, we are open minded."

Get a life! Too funny.

Posted by: JohnG | Sep 11, 2008 6:29:33 PM

You think she noticed her commenters didn't get it and turned off the messages? Or maybe 50 is the limit.

Posted by: Sue | Sep 11, 2008 6:52:56 PM

TNR shouldn't be taken seriously. They're home to James Kirchik, for gosh sake. The writer of the linked piece is another obsequious-to-power hack, Michelle Cottle. She linked to the WaPo piece discussed here, and even after both NPR and ThinkProgress have corrected their reports, she hasn't:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007980.html

Yes, even NPR and ThinkProgress.

If TNR didn't have a subscriber-only commenting policy, most of their writers would be so discredited that they'd be forced to find work doing piece work on Craigslist.

Posted by: NoMoreBlatherDotCom | Sep 11, 2008 7:33:43 PM

When was it that humor stopped coming from the left? Was it Reagan and the "stop the evil at any cost" crowd? They are utterly, thoroughly and to their core humorless.

Posted by: LA Thom | Sep 11, 2008 8:59:44 PM

I think we need to dial it back a little. After the deluge of negative and stupid press, we're primed to holler before we're hurt. I thought it was an excellent article which captured the mood and people very well; I detected no snark in this particular piece. You know, if TNR does something right, we really ought to approve.

Posted by: Jack Okie | Sep 11, 2008 10:27:16 PM

The one arguably worthwhile voice at TNR, and I say this as a former subscriber, was Martin Peretz. No more. Beauchamp was either beneath his notice or just a fine and dandy event by his lights. The RNC is "a rotten crowd". What a worthless creep. TNR is crap.

Posted by: megapotamus | Sep 12, 2008 5:03:33 AM

For the TNR crowd it's just really hard to respect other people when you feel you're so much better than they are.

Posted by: Jack Tanner | Sep 12, 2008 5:05:47 AM

Click, click, click -- as the Democratic "sneer campaign" expands from Palin to Palin supporters, you can hear the independent voters moving over to the McCain/Palin ticket.

Generally, speaking making fun of people is not a good way to get them to vote for your candidate.

Posted by: jblog | Sep 12, 2008 5:36:36 AM

It doesn't bother me that the dems, including those who control the dying mainstream media, make such vicious attacks on their opponents. They have every right to uncover every wrong, lie, or deceit propagated by the Republicans. If they have to invent some to uncover them thats ok too. Conservatives have the right to public discourse as well, but one would not know that, given the leftist attempts to silence them, attempting to pass legislation muffling conservative radio or censoring Rush Limbaugh on the Senate floor. That bothers me.

Posted by: willis | Sep 12, 2008 8:42:01 AM