The setup: Ms. Palin notes the way that President Obama called Sandra Fluke to commiserate about Rush Limbaugh’s commentary (said comment that, of course, Obama had nothing to do with); points out – sweetly! – that prominent Obama donor Bill Maher (one million bucks*) had said some incredibly filthy things about both Bristol Palin and her mother while on the air, and finishes by wondering:
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.
Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.
I’m not exactly sure which is more damning (use of term deliberate): that Palin’s final observation in that quote is such an accurate assessment of the situation, or that Obama’s stance is a necessary one for his re-election. Anyway, read the whole thing; and quietly mourn the fact that we don’t have a President who will take it to heart.
Well. At least, we don’t have one right now.
*Just so the Presidents know: we’re going to make sure that that’s going to end up being the most goram expensive million-dollar donation that you ever got.
…mostly because I cannot tell how much of the ‘cult is a technical term in this context’ explanation/excuse is or is not unmitigated BS: but I do know one thing. When you are an actual conservative who is on Bill Maher’s show and he’s being nice to you, you have effed up somehow.
It’s very entertaining to watch Newsbusters hammer AOL and the Huffington Post for their rank hypocrisy in banning Andrew Breitbart from the latter’s front page for calling Van Jones a commie punk somewhere else, while letting Bill Maher stick around even though he used the c and t-words* somewhere else. It’s even more entertaining to watch AOL and HuffPo try to put up a Cone of Silence on the subject. But if you really want to hit AOL hard on this – and it has to be AOL; obviously, Arianna Huffington is comfortable with having one standard for people on the Right who make statements, and another with people on the Left who make infinitely worse statements – then you have to hit them in the only place that you can; their pocketbooks. Which is very, very difficult, of course.
Oh, by the way: did you know that AOL still has 2.5 million actual subscribers, despite the fact that they don’t actually offer access that’s more sophisticated than dial-up? Seriously. If you have high-speed already, that $9.99/month plan pays for dial-up backup service; if you don’t actually need dial-up, you can keep your AOL account for free.
I understand why Allahpundit’s weary of the dirty little filthy-mouthed misogynist and his equally dirty enablers, but there are three good reasons why Maher’s antics need to be smacked at every time he opens his woman-fearing mouth:
What Bill Maher does is wrong.
If you don’t make it clear that Maher is not operating in a manner compatible with a civilized human being, he’ll get worse.
If the aforementioned enablers (ex: NOW, or the rest of the Activist Left) don’t like being held to their own – loudly screamed – standards, then they should learn to shut up at lesser offenses than Maher’s, the hypocritical suckweasels.
For those without video, the above is George Clooney politely telling Bill Maher – who, by the way, was almost-accurately described by Jim Treacher as being what happens when you cross “Johnny Carson with Lord Haw-Haw and dipped the result in a vat of gonorrhea*” – that in point of fact the Right has been better than the Left when it comes to Darfur relief. Which is, by the way, perfectly accurate: after all, your average Lefty activist and/or politician is militantly indifferent to the plight of any racial and/or cultural demographic that can’t cast a ballot in the next election.
But I digress. Anyway, I don’t expect that Clooney’s seen the light about the Right; I’m sure that he’s still heavy-liberal, in that special Hollywood way that they have over there. But he does seem to have grasped the same concept about humanitarian activism that U2’s Bono has: which is that if you go to conservatives, politely ask for their help, say ‘please,’ and – this is the important thing – don’t scream in their about how they’re a bunch of Nazi fascist pig-dogs; well, then. It’s all ‘Let me get my checkbook out’ and ‘Did you want us to do a press conference?’ and ‘By the way, you were great in O Brother, Where Art Thou?**.’