Monday, May 18, 2009

Nancy Pelosi the Target of Right Wing Sexism

It comes as no surprise that sexism is alive and well in the male-dominated worlds of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, right wing radio, and Fox-Lite wannabes like CNN. (Shame on MSNBC for joining this lineup.) What's really disgusting is the ferocity of the attacks. At least, President Obama's election has had the salutary effect of unmasking the true nature of the right wing mullahs. Sunlight, as they say, is the best disinfectant.

One wonders what those hard-edged, coiffed women working at Fox think about this, above and beyond the daily indignities they suffer, along with all working women. They're either sublimely hypocritical opportunists like Greta Van Susteren, who prefers the legal beat but toes the party line on politics, or the vacuous, vaguely ideological 'Stepford' blonde anchors favored by Murdoch and Ailes.

Beauty pageants are fertile launching pads for women seeking a right wing career path: Sarah Palin was a Miss Alaska runner-up, and just recently Miss California got her big shot on Fox and Friends, standing in for a former Miss America.

By the way, Carrie Prejean was not criticized for her views against gay marriage -- she has the right to free speech -- but rather for breaking pageant rules, lying about past indiscretions, and lending her name to a political activist group engaged in defeating gay marriage. So her Profile in Hypocrisy is a perfect match for Faux News, isn't it?

Whether or not Nancy Pelosi has had Botox injections or a facelift (hell, Joe Biden has very bad hair plugs) is irrelevant to her position. Nancy Pelosi is not a participant in a beauty contest seeking a political or media position; she earned her place as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in our nation's history.

One gets the distinct impression that these wingers were just chomping at the bit for the first opportunity to launch sexist attacks on Pelosi. It's so hard for conservative white males to go against their nature. They're an endangered species (thanks be to the Goddess!), but they have served notice they will not go quietly into the night.


I'm Not Ned said...

I really can't follow the repube logic on this.

They want Nancy to admit she knew about the legal and ethical methods used to save thousands millions of Americans from terrorist attacks?

If you want to show she's done something wrong first show the Bush administration are war criminals. Then show that she knew about it and covered it up.

Carlos said...

Furthermore, they're calling for full disclosure of all CIA briefings to Congress, which is what she has called for as well.

Sen. Bob Graham, retired from FLA, confirmed Pelosi's account. He was Chairman of the Sen. Intelligence Committee at the time, and was never briefed by the CIA on certain dates the agency claimed to have briefed him, nor was he informed that waterboarding had been done. See, like a geek-extraordinaire, he has HUNDREDS of little spiral notebooks in which he records EVERY ACTIVITY OF HIS DAY, right down to what he ate.

Like that old maxim,'never ask a question for which you don't know the answer,'the Repugs should be careful what they ask for.