The four stages of conservative female abuse

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There’s something about outspoken conservative women that drives the left mad. It’s a peculiar pathology I’ve reported on for more than 15 years, both as a witness and a target. Thus, the onset of Palin Derangement Syndrome in the media, Democratic circles and the cesspools of the blogosphere came as no surprise. They just can’t help themselves.

Liberals hold a special animus for constituencies they deem traitors. Minorities who identify as social and economic conservatives have left the plantation and sold out their people. Women who put an “R” by their name have abandoned their ovaries and betrayed their gender. As female Republican officeholders and female conservative public figures have grown in number and visibility, so has the progression of Conservative Female Abuse. The astonishing vitriol and virulent hatred directed at GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the most severe manifestation to date.

The first stage of Conservative Female Abuse by the left is infantilization. Right-wing women can’t possibly believe what they say they believe about the sanctity of life, self-defense, free markets or foreign policy. They must be submissive little dolls of the White Male Hierarchy. Or, as a far-left (Is there any other kind of left in San Francisco?) San Francisco Chronicle columnist wrote of first lady Laura Bush, they must be put in their place as “docile doormats” with no brains of their own. True to form, no sooner had John McCain announced Gov. Palin as his veep pick than jeers of “Palin = neocon puppet” sprouted across the Internet.

The second stage of CFA is sexualization. A conservative woman is not merely a sellout. She is an intellectual prostitute. Unable or unwilling to argue with them on the merits, detractors resort to mocking the physical appearance of their ideological opponents in skirts and denigrating them with vulgar epithets. MSNBC hosts insulted former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s accomplished wife and mother of two, Jeri Thompson, as working the stripper pole. Newspaper cartoonists Ted Rall, Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger have caricatured Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, including as a mammy, thick-lipped parrot and a Bush “House nigga” armed with “hair straightener.” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd derided former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a Republican, for applying “her makeup with a trowel.”

True to form, Dowd was first out of the box to snicker at Gov. Palin’s beauty pageant past, ridicule her “beehive and sexy shoes” and compare her path to the vice-presidential nomination as a “hokey chick flick.” Joe Biden backhandedly praised her as “good looking.” And left-wing bloggers worked overtime on lurid Photoshops of Palin as a bikini model and porn star. At the Democratic Underground, a highly trafficked liberal website raising money for Barack Obama, members held a contest to come up with nicknames and posters to slime GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and then to “spread [them] all over the ‘Net.” Among the nicer entries: “Cruella,” “Gidget,” “Governor Jesus Camp,” “VPILF,” “Fertilla the Huntress,” “Iditabroad” and “KILLER PYSCHO FUNDIE B***H FROM HELL!!”

The third stage of CFA is demonization. When the left tires of hurling whore insults, it turns conservative women in the public eye into nefarious creatures. Bill Maher called Laura Bush “Hitler’s dog.” George Carlin attacked Barbara Bush as “the Silver douche bag.” A Huffington Post website member wrote of Nancy Reagan: “Like her evil husband, she has lived far too long. Here’s hoping the hag suffers for several weeks, then croaks in the tub.” Another commenter added: “I feel no pity for the bitch who took delight in watching thousands die of a horrible disease and watching the poor having to eat out of dumpsters because of her husband’s political beliefs.”

True to form, rumors of Palin being a crypto-Nazi surfaced on the Internet and in the fringe media. And liberal critics used her gun-rights record to smear her as bloodthirsty.

The final stage of CFA is dehumanization. Conservative women aren’t real women according to the liberal feminist establishment’s definition. Remember when Gloria Steinem called Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a “female impersonator”? Or when curdled NOW leader Patricia Ireland instructed Democrats to vote only for “authentic” female political candidates? Or when Al Gore’s fashion consultant Naomi Wolf described the foreign-policy analysis of Jeane Kirkpatrick as being “uninflected by the experiences of the female body”?

Echoing the bottom-feeders in the liberal blogosphere, mainstream journalists and Obama water-carriers now question Palin’s commitment to motherhood and even challenge her prenatal care decisions in an effort to destroy her. Forget about questioning their patriotism. I question their sanity.


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Submitted by swmbo on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 5:04pm.

Conservative Female Abuse? As a 1) conservative 2) female 3) in a male-dominated profession, this kind of whiny "be nice, boys, you can't hit a girl" crap gets on my LAST nerve. I came back to the office complaining about how a male opponent refused to shake my hand and would only address the male attorney with me. I was fuming! But then, a female mentor told me she's had judges call her "little lady", "honey", "darlin'" and one insisted on calling her "Mr. Johnson" (not her real name) -- all in open court, on the record. Could she have reported them to the Judicial Qualifications Commission? Yes, she could. Would she have gotten any benefit from that? No. She would only have succeeded in playing the "girl card" and being black-balled from getting better jobs. She advised me to quit whining and plan for the day in the distant future when I will outwit that jerk and beat him in court like the low-rent ambulance chaser that he is. He won't even see it coming. THAT's how a REAL female plays a boys game.

If Palin decided she wanted to be in the Big Boys' locker room, she needed to man-up before she got there. Didn't she know any of the ugliness of politics before she accepted the nomination? Did she miss the way the press went after Edwards and Craig and Vitter and Jefferson's freezer bank account? Why is she expecting or even deserving any kinder treatment? She, Malkin and the rest of the delicate lotus eaters needs to put on their Big Girl panties and deal with it.

I didn't think much of Malkin before. I think even less of her now.

If you and I are always in agreement, one of us is likely armed and dangerous.

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Submitted by JeffC on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 10:57am.

“Unable or unwilling to argue with them on the merits, detractors resort to mocking the physical appearance of their ideological opponents in skirts and denigrating them with vulgar epithets.”

And McCain sinks even lower than that attacking children:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?" McCain said at a GOP fund-raiser in Washington. "Because Janet Reno is her father."

What does Palin say about Hillary, "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her -- a statement like that."

Palin says that Clinton should just "work harder" and "prove yourself to an even greater degree that you are capable. I think she does herself a disservice to even mention it, really.  I mean, you’ve got to plow through that. You have to know what you’re getting into which, I say this with all due respect to Hillary Clinton and to her experience and to her passion for changing the status quo. It bothers me a little bit, hearing, hearing her bring that attention to herself on that level.”

Malkin has GOT to be kidding with this howler:

“Right-wing women can’t possibly believe what they say they believe about the sanctity of life, self-defense, free markets or foreign policy.”

We can hardly wait to hear Palin's views! Quit hiding her from the press. Bring her on!

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 6:00pm.

She should do an interview with "Playboy", like that hypocrite "Christian" Jimmy Carter did!

Jimmy Carter The Playboy Interview - Excerpt

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Submitted by JeffC on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 6:33pm.

She should do an interview with Playboy! I'd read it. So would almost everybody else in the United States. We're just dying to hear what this almost empty vessel has to say about anything. Lordy, Lordy, they won't even let her go on FOX!!! How scared must they be not to let her be interviewed by the communications wing of the Party? This is going to be terrific! This is a disaster waiting to happen and they know it. They have no idea what she's going to say. Maybe she'll tell Putin (note to SP: Russia) not to have an abortion and the Earth is 6000 years old!

Come on and join me Fred, demand that they let Palin talk!

I looked up the guest on the Sunday TV talk shows and guess what. No.. You'll never guess in a million years! Here it is:

Sarah Palin will be missing from action Sunday a.m.

DUH! Wonder why?

They can't keep her in seclusion forever. Heck, eventually they even let Dan Quaylee out in public.

But I admire y'alls efforts on her behalf. Sonny Purdue gave a ringing endorsement of her capabilities to address foreign leaders. Did you see it?

Sonny Purdue, governor of Georgia reminded attendees of the Republican Governor's conference that: "ladies and gentleman, it won't be the vice president sitting across from these leaders."

HAHAHA. Man that's inspirational there!


As to Carter's interview with Playboy, I have my copy framed. You can get your own and read the entire article on Ebay here:

Playboy - November 1976 - Jimmy Carter Interview

Bush/McCain/Palin. What a disaster!


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Submitted by Richard Hobbs on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 10:24am.

Jeff is quoted above as saying:
"Bush/McCain/Palin. What a disaster!

Counting those chicks before their hatched again Jeff.

Don't you ever, every consider the irony of how you liberals think?
You make fun of Sarah Palin because you say she is inexperienced.
I happen to agree. Now prove to me, Barack is any more experienced by giving me real examples.

What do I hear? You quickly clicking to the next post so you don't have to answer.

Liberals have mocked her because she didn't write her own speech, and read from a teleprompter. But we all know, Barack can't coherently put three words together on his own, without the quick stutter. His speeches are all written for him. God knows with the amunition we've found in his own memoris, that he can't write any better than he can ad lib. Remember on OReilly, in an unscripted mode, Barack said the Surge was beyond all of our expectations. And yet, what he meant, is he couldn't believe that it would be successful, since he was riding the wave of discontent about Iraq for the last three years.

And now Jeff, you are trying to tie the AIP's founder's words, with Palin's husband's association a few years ago. But not a word of acknowledgement about Barack sitting on his hands for 20 years while that Racist, Anti-American Wright married him and Michelle, baptized his children, and helped him get elected.

Your silence is deafening, and so hypocritical, that it should be evident to any one of common sence.

But since you are laughing so hard, I'll just give you the recent Zogby polls. Now you can giggle to your hearts content.

McCain-Palin vs. Obama-Biden
49.7% 47.1%

Obama ought to read McCain's speech and see what it really means to put a greater cause before one's one political ambitions.

Keep on laughing Jeff. Laughter is great medicine for a losing campaign.

Submitted by mgarlow on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 9:49pm.

It appears that Sarah Palin is in an undisclosed location 6 feet under the Alaska Tundra with about 835 pages of prep notes. She is to stay there until the grooming squad feels comfortable enough to allow her to appear before the talking heads on TV. She may have been a dramatic sweep of McCain's feckless recklessness (disguised as his maverickness), but she still comes up short on the qualifications chart.

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Submitted by muddle on Mon, 09/08/2008 - 8:48am.

NEW YORK (ML) - Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has agreed to an exclusive interview and has received the green light from McCain campaign officials.

The announcement comes amid growing criticism regarding Palin's noticeable absence from the limelight since her speech to the RNC last week. For instance, of the four candidates on the two tickets, only Palin failed to make an appearance on any of Sunday's network forums.

"Despite criticisms from democratic naysayers, Governor Palin is anxious to make her views known to the American public," a McCain spokesman said. "The questions will be in real time and Governor Palin will have the opportunity to demonstrate her ability to think on her feet."

Palin is slated to appear on a special live episode of Sesame Street some time next week. A spokesman for the program has told the AP that, while the details of her appearance have not all been worked out, the rough plan is for Palin to appear with Elmo, Rowlf and Big Bird asking questions. Guy Smiley will moderate.

Elmo is reported to have developed a crush on the stunning VP candidate.

Questions will likely range from "What is your favorite color?" to "Which letter comes after the letter Q?"

"We shall see who has the last laugh after Governor Palin demonstrates her formidable knowledge and critical thinking skills," beamed the McCain aide.


"Puddleglum" by Weatherwax (one of the Muddlings).

Jeeves to the Rescue

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Submitted by JeffC on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 1:11pm.

I ain't gonna try to prove nothing to you.

Obama can't put three words together? I guess you missed his, what?, twenty one debates. Probably 10,000 speeches. Obama has been through the primaries and has answered questions and developed serious policy positions and, like it or not, been vetted by the American people to their satisfaction.

I bring up AIP just for two reasons: first in response to your references to Wright (but I suppose to you a preacher is more influential that a husband) and secondly because that's the only issue besides abortion that we know Palin's position on. Why don't y'all bring her out to play? Surely she's up to at least a puff interview by the Republican communications wing where they can preview the questions beforehand for her like FOX or Rush or Sean. Maybe they can start with a heavy hitting policy magazine like People or US and get them to agree before hand to only ask about her moose stew recipe.

I expect Obama read McCain's speech. I know Biden did:

Joe Biden On Fire

Polls? Don't give me national polls, they're meaningless. You sound like Hillary.

Here's some state polling:

Michigan: O: 46 / M: 41.7
Virginia: O:45 / M:47
Nevada O:45.3 / M:44
NM: O:47.3 / M:43
Ohio: O:44 / M:44.6
Penn: O:47.4 / M:42.4
Wisconsin: O:48 / M:40.8
Minnesota: O:49.3 / M:42.33

Give me Pennsylvania and Minnesota and try to put together an electoral map where McCain wins. If Obama wins Florida or West Virginia or Ohio or New Mexico or Colorado or North Carolina or Virginia or Wisconsin or Michigan then he wins. Try to make a case where McCain wins without winning all of those states.

On a lighter note, don't miss Red State Update on Palin's speech. They trash dad at the end, you'll love it.

Sarah Palin's Big Speech


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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 12:04pm.

You're absolutely right, regarding the polls, and how a state-by-state analysis is a better indicator than the national polls (Nat'l macro vs. state micro analyses). Here's the latest Rasmussen poll in Colorado (critical swing-state), post convention, showing Obama taking the lead over McCain, who was actually ahead in CO last month:


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Submitted by Richard Hobbs on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 2:53pm.

I've watched all of their videos, and I laugh at every one of them. But I'm often surprised, because their cutting wit often goes both ways.

Obviously, they are mocking the liberal perception that all Republicans are rednecks, with rebel flags tacked on their walls in their trailers, but I find their sardonic wit to be very intriguing. The Colbert Report is another good example. Colbert's style of comedy may be mocking conservatives, but sometimes, their jokes back fire on them big time.

Which is another reason why Conservatives are better than liberals.
We have a sense of humor. (At least about ourselves.)

So tell me where the BlueState Updates are at? I'd love to see the humor in born alive babies, being allowed to die horribly deaths, because Barack's superior Constitutional Law intellect, won't allow a vote on it.

But thanks for sharing. The slam on your dad was unique. I just wish your dear old dad had done what most retired Presidents have done, and that is to keep their public mouths shut.

But I will say this, you're daddy was the last Democrat President to get a majority of the vote. Then again, wasn't he up by 10 points 8 weeks out of that election? And trust me, I really think your dad was much more experienced and smarter than Barack Obama is now during this election. But remember, your dad won because he played to the Christian base, which is why he won. Now, that same Christian base considers him a Judas.

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Submitted by JeffC on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 5:21pm.

Of course you wish he would keep his mouth shut! If I was on the side of illegal wiretaps, elective wars, torture, extraordinary rendition, holding people without trials, denying attorneys, denying haebus corpus, Dick Cheney, etc, I'd wish he'd shut up too. Your position is perfectly understandable although I can hardly sympathize with it.

So, what do the good guys think of him? According to the latest Rasmussen poll:

Democrats Rank Carter and Gore as Favorites

Number One!

And who has the greatest spread between their favorable/unfavorable ratings!

Rating The Democrats

And Christians consider him Judas? Where do you get this stuff? Do you make it all up by yourself or do you have a staff? You must have missed the New Baptist Covenant meeting he organized back in Jan. or Feb. Had 20,000+ in the Georgia World Congress Center for it.

It was in all the main stream papers. I guess NewsMax and Little Green Footballs didn't cover it.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 12:26pm.

Blah, blah, blah....

My comments would have done nothing to futher this conversation. You know how I feel about former POTUS spouting off.

That said, pray for rain for Huddleston Pomd. Smiling

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Submitted by JeffC on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 4:10pm.

I haven't seen them as partisan so much as skewering everybody.

As to your comment:

"Obviously, they are mocking the liberal perception that all Republicans are rednecks, with rebel flags tacked on their walls in their trailers..."

Heck, I thought they were making fun of my friends and family not Republicans.

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 1:59pm.

Jeff knocked it over the fence.

Heck, I plan to amble over here to the Methodist church in November and vote for McCain, but exactly the same reply occurred to me.


"Puddleglum" by one of the Muddlings (Weatherwax). Perhaps I should call him "Muddleglum"

Jeeves to the Rescue

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Submitted by Weatherwax on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 11:02pm.

I think we're all missing the point here. Everyone is so wrapped up in the election that they're forgetting to stop and think about what's really important.

Like, who will speak for the trees?

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Submitted by muddle on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 9:14am.

Laugh and Laugh and Fall Apart


"Puddleglum" by one of the Muddlings (Weatherwax). Perhaps I should call him "Muddleglum"

Jeeves to the Rescue

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Submitted by Weatherwax on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 10:25am.

I think I'd be more inclined to attend every week.

On an fairly unrelated note:

More Large Scale Nuttiness

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Submitted by muddle on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 7:44am.

"...and tell them that we love them and that we don't want them to die...and would they like an apple pie with that?"

"Bring me to this rock which has the most incredible life. That makes me feel alive."

I sure hope no one ever kills the living rocks.


"Puddleglum" by one of the Muddlings (Weatherwax). Perhaps I should call him "Muddleglum"

Jeeves to the Rescue

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 11:41pm.

Hippies crying over dead trees is proof that drugs are bad for you.

Maybe it's chainsaw exhaust that's bad for you.

Then again spending several thousands of dollars, of your parents money, because you don't have a real job so you can go to some third world country to cry about dead trees is bad for you.

Pick one.

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Submitted by JAFO 72 on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 12:32pm.

...That red meat is bad for you. I say green fuzzy meat is bad for you.

Don't worry, I'm and animal lover...they're delicious!

“Every time you vote Democrat God kills a kitten.”

Submitted by bowser on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 10:07am.

Obama water-carriers? Wow, that is RICH coming from a Faux News talking head like Malkin.

She is just carrying water for the GOP strategy of throwing an unknown woman out as VP nominee and then claiming that any inquiry into her background and record or -- gasp! -- criticism of it amounts to a vicious smear. It's a sexist, cynical and pathetic strategy aimed at whipping the true believers into a frenzy, and the scary thing is it just may work.

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 2:07pm.

Perhaps if she were a manly-type like Hillary you would like her better?

Real American feminine yet strong women, who don't want to be men, are so darn threatening to you wimpy men (it least I am assuming you are a man.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 2:23pm.

Birdie...we know why you and your ilk luv Sarah so much:


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