Weekly Standard Sinks to Chauvinist Name Calling Over Sarah Palin

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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.

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0 responses to “Weekly Standard Sinks to Chauvinist Name Calling Over Sarah Palin

  1. lowtechgrannie

    I really appreciate this post, Candance. I think Weekly Standard will live to regret this smear coming from their camp.

    • Candance Moore

      Will and Krauthammer still think this is 1996, they’re in charge of the Right and they’re gonna give the presidential nod to Newt Gingrich. Well this is 2011 and tea party people don’t appreciate it anymore. As far as I am concerned they can all go jump off a bridge.

      • Candance,
        Neither Will nor Krauthammer (nor son of Wm Buckley, Christopher; nor Kathleen Parker, the faux conservative) ever liked Palin even in 2008. It’s the east coast Ivy League snobbery. They didn’t like her in 2008, they certainly don’t like her any better in 2011 or 2012.
        As for Newt, last week he blamed his extramarital affair and asking his wife for a divorce while she was sick in the hospital on the “stress” of his job as House Speaker. Pathetic. He can be the first to jump off that bridge as far as I’m concerned!

  2. Repubelican snobs.
    And no, that was not a typo.
    Just ask Mark Levine.

  3. George Will is passable mostly because he is the only marginal conservative on any panel that you see him -whether it be a Sunday talking head show or NPR. In that setting, he’s Rush Limbaugh. At CPAC, he’s John McCain.
    CK I like, for the most part, except for his continued down-the-nose view of SP. I agree completely with your assessment Candance; I think he comes across as knowledgeable and sincere on Bret Baier’s show, but snooty and elitist whenever the topic turns to SP. And frankly, I don’t get it.
    Personally, I think SP is great for the conservative movement. But honestly, I hope she doesn’t run for President. I’d rather see her help to keep whatever electable republican that next occupies the White House, in check and constantly under pressure from the right. I think that’s her niche.

    • Candance Moore

      Bob, I agree. She is great at campaigning for people and setting the narrative through her Facebook page. I think she’s content to do that and I really don’t think she will bother running for prez.
      But CK and the others seem to hate her anyway, for the simple fact that she exists.

  4. The James LaBash’s of the world and the idiots who hang on their every thoughtless word, have reduced themselves to pathetic new lows. This pretend intelligensia haven’t been able to form a lucid thought on which to write in a long time. As for Heather, she’s simply a wanna be something or other. lol
    They are all way past their use by date and are under the mistaken impression that what they write or say is relevant . A corrupt mind is a dangerous thing. Witness Obama.

  5. This piece was inflammatory and eye opening because Reagan’s 11th Commandment was violated. Sarah Palin could never be a racist and extortionist like Al Sharpton. How does the Weekly Standard exist given it is so passe? Why is Charles Krauthammer revered as a Conservative authority figure? An enquiring mind wants to know!

  6. Shameful…

  7. As an outsider, I believe Sarah Palin would make a great President. At least she has balls not like the President you have now.

  8. These leftist and perceived GOP intellegentias are really scared of Gov. Palin. She has more balls that this cowards.

  9. Don’t let the GOP elitists, or the Dems and their media, sway our opinion of any candidate. Either way. For me, if they are continually attacking Palin for over two years, and she is still standing and fighting, that is evidence she SHOULD be our next president.


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