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Identity politics and the ‘Palin brawl’

Everything liberals say about feminism and the “war on women” goes right out the window when they see a chance to mock someone with the wrong politics.

You’ll find few better examples of how politics define identity for the totalitarian Left than the saga of the “Palin brawl.”  Here’s CNN’s Carol Costello practically drooling with glee over the physical assault of a young woman.  It’s a performance Costello would likely have been escorted off the CNN grounds by security guards for delivering, under any other circumstance, except the young woman in question is Sarah Palin’s daughter.

“Sit back and enjoy,” Costello coos, before rolling audio in which a distraught Bristol Palin tells the police how she was pushed to the ground and dragged across the grass by a man who screamed vile sexual insults at her.  Costello, out of her mind with partisan glee over the delightful fun of embarrassing the Palin family, seems to think Bristol is shouting the bleeped epithets herself, rather than recounting what the man who assaulted her said.  That’s quite a testament to the quality of CNN journalism!

If it helps you super-sensitive feminists any, one of the words bleeped out of the clip is the same one Bill Maher used to refer to Bristol’s mother on his show some years ago.  For some reason, you didn’t seem to care about that while you were busy trying to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air for making a joke about Sandra Fluke.

It’s extra funny because Bristol had her 5-year-old child in the car while she was being knocked around.  For some reason, Costello decided to omit the totally hilarious zinger at the end of this comedy segment, where Palin told the police she was robbed by her attackers – they stole an expensive pair of sunglasses and her shoes.  That’s Three Stooges stuff right there, at least when it happens to a Republican woman, right, Carol?

“I think that long beep was my favorite part,” Costello concludes – a line that would have her facing lawyers from her erstwhile employers, if made in reference to an assault on the Obama daughters.  CNN, and every other media organization, wouldn’t be content with merely firing  the anchor for a segment like this, if the target of the attack had been a woman with the correct political credentials.  But because the incident involved a Republican family, particularly the Palins, this isn’t seen as “war on women” violence by liberals.  If the Palin women wanted to be treated like women, they wouldn’t be Republicans, now would they?  They certainly wouldn’t have let Mom run against His Most Magnificent Majesty Barack Obama.

Some observers, including people on the Right who don’t like the Palins, initially found the image of a drunken brawl involving the family amusing, but felt chagrined when the police released this audiotape, and it became clear how distraught Bristol was.  Does Carol Costello normally think it’s funny when young women have too much to drink and get into bad situations, or is that only a knee-slapper when the daughters of Republicans do it?  Why would anyone hear about a fight involving both alcohol and young girls – the sister Bristol refers to in the audio clip Carol Costello found so juicy and delicious is Willow Palin, who is 20 – and assume it was a scene of wacky hilarity?  (You may remember Willow Palin from the joke David Letterman made about her getting sexually assaulted when she was fourteen.)  Is it because so many liberals get their ideas about brawling by watching TV shows where 90-pound actresses beat the hell out of much larger men without smearing their makeup?

Just as “feminists” instantly forgot every damn word they ever said about sexual harassment to give a President with the right political credentials a total pass for using his young intern as a sex toy in the Oval Office in the Nineties, so the “War on Women” crows happily forgets everything it claims to believe about the seriousness of physical assault, the dignity of victims, and even the sin of blaming inebriated women for what happens to them when they see an opportunity to express their contempt for someone with the wrong politics.  No need to ask what really happened, no insistence that women always tell the truth about assaults… the entire left-wing political appeal to women waved off in a heartbeat, without a second thought, because listening to Sarah Palin’s daughter sob in anger, confusion, and fear is so much fun.

Bristol Palin wrote a post at Patheos today with her account of the incident, including abbreviated versions of the foul language that was thrown at her:

Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind.  (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.)

Why would anyone do this?  Well, here??s a hint.  The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, ??about to get famous.?

When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy??s mom and said ??get ahold of your son.?

But apparently the apple didn??t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow.  A grown woman pushed my little sister.

By this point, I??d already gotten into the car.  But when Willow ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her.  Any big sister would do this.

Next to God, family is the most important thing to me.  In fact, that day, we??d had a surprise party for my dad.  We all secretly gathered in garage and yelled ??surprise!? when he walked in.  The real surprise was that we??d gotten him a truck too.

But the evening that began so well took a turn for the worse when this guy decided he wanted to ??get famous.?

After I got out of the car, I didn??t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face.  He was towering over me ?? probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.

??You c-nt!? he looked right in my eyes and said.  ??Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!?

I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast.  But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me.  He had his hands on me, pushing me down.  That??s when I swung and hit his face.

Some would say I should??ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl.   It didn??t phase him.  He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.

It was scary and awful.  He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. 

That??s it ?? that??s the story.

I didn??t ??swing and hit him seven times with a strong right hook? as so many so-called news stories have reported.  After this incident, I still had a perfect manicure on all ten of my nails.  Plus ?? I??m left handed.  I wouldn??t even begin to know how to begin ??swinging? at someone.

The incident was scary and infuriating. I had bruises all over me from being pushed down.

I hope no pictures of her bruises leak out.  Carol Costello might have a giggle fit so intense she can’t go on the air!

Bristol goes on to compare the level of media coverage lavished on the “Palin brawl” to the ho-hum treatment given to Vice President Joe Biden’s son, “who got kicked out of the Navy for cocaine,” and the delicate legal position of Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law.  (I seem to remember the media spending more time on George Bush’s daughter drinking a margarita than they did on Biden’s son doing cocaine.)  Let me build on Bristol’s complaint to offer a simple tool to mainstream media reporters for maintaining journalistic standards, free of charge: the next time you’re thinking about having some fun at the expense of a Republican woman or her daughters, just pretend the story is about Chelsea Clinton, and proceed accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Identity politics and the ‘Palin brawl’

You’ll find few better examples of how politics define identity for the totalitarian Left than the saga of the “Palin brawl.”  Here’s CNN’s Carol Costello practically drooling with glee over the physical assault of a young woman.  It’s a performance Costello would likely have been escorted off the CNN grounds by security guards for delivering, under any other circumstance, except the young woman in question is Sarah Palin’s daughter.

“Sit back and enjoy,” Costello coos, before rolling audio in which a distraught Bristol Palin tells the police how she was pushed to the ground and dragged across the grass by a man who screamed vile sexual insults at her.  Costello, out of her mind with partisan glee over the delightful fun of embarrassing the Palin family, seems to think Bristol is shouting the bleeped epithets herself, rather than recounting what the man who assaulted her said.  That’s quite a testament to the quality of CNN journalism!

If it helps you super-sensitive feminists any, one of the words bleeped out of the clip is the same one Bill Maher used to refer to Bristol’s mother on his show some years ago.  For some reason, you didn’t seem to care about that while you were busy trying to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air for making a joke about Sandra Fluke.

It’s extra funny because Bristol had her 5-year-old child in the car while she was being knocked around.  For some reason, Costello decided to omit the totally hilarious zinger at the end of this comedy segment, where Palin told the police she was robbed by her attackers – they stole an expensive pair of sunglasses and her shoes.  That’s Three Stooges stuff right there, at least when it happens to a Republican woman, right, Carol?

“I think that long beep was my favorite part,” Costello concludes – a line that would have her facing lawyers from her erstwhile employers, if made in reference to an assault on the Obama daughters.  CNN, and every other media organization, wouldn’t be content with merely firing  the anchor for a segment like this, if the target of the attack had been a woman with the correct political credentials.  But because the incident involved a Republican family, particularly the Palins, this isn’t seen as “war on women” violence by liberals.  If the Palin women wanted to be treated like women, they wouldn’t be Republicans, now would they?  They certainly wouldn’t have let Mom run against His Most Magnificent Majesty Barack Obama.

Some observers, including people on the Right who don’t like the Palins, initially found the image of a drunken brawl involving the family amusing, but felt chagrined when the police released this audiotape, and it became clear how distraught Bristol was.  Does Carol Costello normally think it’s funny when young women have too much to drink and get into bad situations, or is that only a knee-slapper when the daughters of Republicans do it?  Why would anyone hear about a fight involving both alcohol and young girls – the sister Bristol refers to in the audio clip Carol Costello found so juicy and delicious is Willow Palin, who is 20 – and assume it was a scene of wacky hilarity?  (You may remember Willow Palin from the joke David Letterman made about her getting sexually assaulted when she was fourteen.)  Is it because so many liberals get their ideas about brawling by watching TV shows where 90-pound actresses beat the hell out of much larger men without smearing their makeup?

Just as “feminists” instantly forgot every damn word they ever said about sexual harassment to give a President with the right political credentials a total pass for using his young intern as a sex toy in the Oval Office in the Nineties, so the “War on Women” crows happily forgets everything it claims to believe about the seriousness of physical assault, the dignity of victims, and even the sin of blaming inebriated women for what happens to them when they see an opportunity to express their contempt for someone with the wrong politics.  No need to ask what really happened, no insistence that women always tell the truth about assaults… the entire left-wing political appeal to women waved off in a heartbeat, without a second thought, because listening to Sarah Palin’s daughter sob in anger, confusion, and fear is so much fun.

Bristol Palin wrote a post at Patheos today with her account of the incident, including abbreviated versions of the foul language that was thrown at her:

Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind.  (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.)

Why would anyone do this?  Well, here’s a hint.  The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, “about to get famous.”

When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy’s mom and said “get ahold of your son.”

But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow.  A grown woman pushed my little sister.

By this point, I’d already gotten into the car.  But when Willow ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her.  Any big sister would do this.

Next to God, family is the most important thing to me.  In fact, that day, we’d had a surprise party for my dad.  We all secretly gathered in garage and yelled “surprise!” when he walked in.  The real surprise was that we’d gotten him a truck too.

But the evening that began so well took a turn for the worse when this guy decided he wanted to “get famous.”

After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face.  He was towering over me – probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.

“You c-nt!” he looked right in my eyes and said.  “Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!”

I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast.  But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me.  He had his hands on me, pushing me down.  That’s when I swung and hit his face.

Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl.   It didn’t phase him.  He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.

It was scary and awful.  He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. 

That’s it – that’s the story.

I didn’t “swing and hit him seven times with a strong right hook” as so many so-called news stories have reported.  After this incident, I still had a perfect manicure on all ten of my nails.  Plus – I’m left handed.  I wouldn’t even begin to know how to begin “swinging” at someone.

The incident was scary and infuriating. I had bruises all over me from being pushed down.

I hope no pictures of her bruises leak out.  Carol Costello might have a giggle fit so intense she can’t go on the air!

Bristol goes on to compare the level of media coverage lavished on the “Palin brawl” to the ho-hum treatment given to Vice President Joe Biden’s son, “who got kicked out of the Navy for cocaine,” and the delicate legal position of Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law.  (I seem to remember the media spending more time on George Bush’s daughter drinking a margarita than they did on Biden’s son doing cocaine.)  Let me build on Bristol’s complaint to offer a simple tool to mainstream media reporters for maintaining journalistic standards, free of charge: the next time you’re thinking about having some fun at the expense of a Republican woman or her daughters, just pretend the story is about Chelsea Clinton, and proceed accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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