I firmly believe that decades from now, many theses will be written about the peculiar form of Palin Derangement Syndrome that keeps cropping up, even now, when she’s been effectively marginalized (until 2016, anyway.) Here, in a bit of what they would recognize as an ironic development if they were sufficiently self-aware, feminists are dealt a good dressing-down for their silence on Palin-bashing by white male classical scholar Victor Davis Hanson in The Corner:
Letterman attacked in crass sexual terms both Palin and her daughter: Two of the rhetorical cornerstones of the feminist movement used to be zero-tolerance for sexual slurs by men alleging promiscuity (“slutty flight-attendant look”), and jokes about something as serious as rape (e.g., Palin’s 14-year-old daughter “knocked up by Alex Rodriguez”). David Letterman, who has become ever more creepy in his dotage, on both counts proved a boor — and receives only silence?
Brigitte disagrees some: I don’t believe Sarah Palin is marginalized, and certainly not until 2016. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking on my part, but I don’t think so. For the people who fear her (those who suffer from PDS), the future is bleak.
But it’s more than just fear. Some of this anti-Palin behaviour (much like anti-Bush behaviour except more vicious and sexually explicit) cannot be explained rationally. How do you explain feminists not rising to the defence of a 14-year-old girl when a powerful older man “jokes” about her like that?
Andrea adds: Just this past weekend I was asked why I liked Sarah Palin so much, beyond the life factor. These friends–all exceptionally good people–gazing at me with faces filled with a mix of confusion and concern, actually, as in how on earth can our good friend Andrea feel this way? In return, I ask only this–what’s not to like?by