NOW’s insufferable insult

As we watched coverage of the Kennedys endorsing Obama, a colleague, black and female, turned to me and shook her head. “If my grandfather was alive to see a black man this close to becoming president …” This FEMALE voter didn’t seem too bummed that a WOMAN might well be denied the presidency by a BLACK MAN. She shouldn’t have to choose sides, but if anyone can weigh the obstacles faced by African-Americans and women, it’s a black female. Her reaction to Obama — and indifference to Hillary — spoke volumes. I’m guessing most blacks, regardless of gender, are similarly unmoved by…

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason. –Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

the hollowness of identity politics

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of “race” or “gender” alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason. –Christopher Hitchens, making sense, as usual

and now, a shrill screed from the professionally aggrieved

Hell hath no fury like an irrelevant woman’s organization (in this case, the National Organization for Women) snubbed: “Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. … He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect…

the sincerity of a scientologist

Last night I posted about the banal similarities between Clinton-speak and Scientology propaganda. This mashup of the infamous Tom Cruise recruitment video and footage of Hillbot’s manufactured tears in New Hampshire demonstrates I may be on to something. Actually, Hillbilly and the Cult of Scientology have shared more than talking points. Back in the late nineties, Bill went to great lengths to assist the pod people in their dispute with the German government:  John Travolta says President Clinton offered to help him with a pet project – getting Scientology accepted as a religion in Germany – just as he was about to…

where’s the maracas?

Most politicians are phonies, but The Anchorman is beyond transparent. Check out the guayabera shirt he wore while trolling for votes in Little Havana. Afterwards, Romney headed to South Beach, where he was spotted roller blading along Ocean Drive wearing nothing but a Speedo. The dark tan, he insisted, was real, just like his pledge to turn around the economy.