It’s one thing to disagree with former governor Sarah Palin on matters of policy. It’s another thing entirely to attack her as an Al Sharpton wannabe and then make a condescending joke about her feminine looks.
But if you work at the Weekly Standard, that kind of analysis is apparently acceptable. Observe the mighty power of intellectual conservatism at work (emphasis mine):
“The appeal of conservatism is supposed to be people taking responsibility for their own actions,” said Labash. “But if you close your eyes and listen to Palin and her most irate supporters constantly squawk or bellyache or tweet about how unfair a ride she gets from evil mustache-twirling elites and RINO saboteurs, she sounds like a professional victimologist, the flip side of any lefty grievance group leader. She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition. The only difference being, she wears naughty-librarian glasses instead of a James Brown ‘do.”
Those are words of wisdom from columnist Matt Labash. Of course he didn’t have the guts to actually print that in the Weekly Standard, so he blabbed it to writers at Politico and let that website run with it.
This quote appears in a three-page article stuffed with examples of conservatives who hate Palin. Among them are George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Heather MacDonald.
Readers, whether or not we agree with all of Palin’s ideas, it is simply unforgivable to attack any woman over her physical appearance. If Labash said something like that about Hillary Clinton, I would react the same way. It’s not funny and it’s unbecoming our so-called intellectual betters.
I wonder if Mary Katherine Ham is proud of her colleagues talking like this about a woman.