October 21, 2009

Strong women terrify "feminists" and "Democrats"...

Noemie Emery has a fine piece: Why lefties fear strong women like Liz Cheney:

For a feminist party, Democrats have a problem with women, or rather, with one certain type: Young and/or youngish, cute and/or stunning, with good hair, many children, and outspoken center-right views.

Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann (dark hair, with five children) first roused the beast, and misogynist instincts. Now there's Liz Cheney, (blond, with five children), whom they themselves have made into a star....

It's very funny to me to read about how she's tormenting lefty nihilists into sputtering rage. Of course the whole business of the Dems and Leftists being "feminist" is a steaming pile of lies. The needs of women are always sacrificed to Lefty politics, just as those of minorities or gays or the old or the young or whichever group is being "helped."

And this is a good line:

...Actually, there is a real way to refute her, but it seems to be hard to deploy. It's to say politely, "Your ideas are mistaken," and then calmly explain how and why. In practice, however, this hasn't worked out...

And Jennifer Rubin writes...

...Part of what's going on here is fear of a political dynamo — an articulate and attractive figure who is putting pressure on one of Obama's weakest points, his lack of resolute leadership on national security. But it's bigger than simple concern about a new, rising star on the conservative side. What's also at stake, just as it was with Sarah Palin, is no less than the meaning of "feminism" and liberals' claim to represent all women.

For decades now, conservative women have been painted as "not real women" — fakes and frauds, betrayers of their gender because they did not check the box on the list of liberal dogmas, most especially on abortion. To be a feminist, and to be an authentic female politician, one had to subscribe to abortion on demand, expansion of government social services, and a view of foreign policy that eschewed hard power. Leave alone for a moment that this represented the worst sort of condescending stereotyping. It was the view propounded by politicians, academics, and media enablers of the Left.

So when strong, female, and conservative women — with children no less, and lots of them! — come along, the dogma is unsettled and the stereotype is challenged. Feminism is not the province of the Left, these conservative women assert, if feminism is meant to be the empowerment of women and the opening of opportunities. And it certainly doesn't require acceptance of a pastel agenda of nanny-state domestic policies and pacifism abroad...
Posted by John Weidner at 6:16 PM

October 10, 2009

Eight more years....

Charlene suggests that the ideal Republican ticket for 2012 would be Jeb Bush and Liz Cheney.

Just, you understand, for the exquisite pleasure of making lefty nihilists endure eight more years of Bush/Cheney! It makes me feel all warm and happy inside to contemplate...

Dick Cheney on a Segway

Posted by John Weidner at 10:05 PM

September 29, 2009

Who they really fear...

Mark Steyn :

....But, if we're talking about letting the left "set the rules", Mr Marcus' column reminded me of a larger point: Don't take your opponents at face value; listen to what they're really saying. What does the frenzy unleashed on Sarah Palin last fall tell us? What does Newsweek's "Mad Man" cover on Glenn Beck mean? Why have "civility" drones like Joe Klein so eagerly adopted Anderson Cooper's scrotal "teabagging" slur and characterized as "racists" and "terrorists" what are (certainly by comparison with the anti-G20 crowd) the best behaved and tidiest street agitators in modern history?

They're telling you who they really fear. Whom the media gods would destroy they first make into "mad men". Liz Cheney should be due for the treatment any day now.

Sad to say, many who should know better go along with it. Our old comrade David Frum wrote a piece called "Whose Side Is Glenn Beck On?" Well, in the space of a week Beck claimed the scalps of Van Jones, Acorn and that Yosi Sergant guy at the NEA, none of whom should ever have been anywhere near the corridors of power but who'd still be there if it weren't for Beck. So whoever's side he is on, it seems pretty clear he's not on the Obama Administration's. Hence, Media Matters' sudden obsession with such pressing concerns as Glenn's mom's three decade-old suicide.

The media would like the American right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that's the way to go. If you want to win, look at whom the Democrats and their media chums are so frantic to destroy: That's the better guide to what they're really worried about.

I'll bet he's right about Liz Cheney being next to get slammed. But this NYT piece on her is quite good. Here's an old shot of the amazing Cheney family. That's Liz on the right.

Vice president Cheney and his wife and daughters
Posted by John Weidner at 6:14 AM