- Bob Somerby has a really interesting ethnographic analysis today at The Daily Howler, arguing that the press corps’ dominant Hillary hatred can be traced to middle-aged “East Coast Irish Catholics” prominent at NBC and the New York Times, and the particular stew of “psychosexual lunacies” that their mid-twentieth century upbringing has wrought. Check it out: he writes that “[Maureen] Dowd and [Chris] Matthews are the press corps’ leading psychosexual nut-cases.” Somerby (an East Coast Irish Catholic himself) also enlists the assitance of Gene Lyons, another East Coast Irish Catholic who affirms that it’s all part of the culture: “Having basically grown up in a Maureen Dowd column, albeit with less wit and more profanity, I’ve known this variety of Irish Catholic misogyny forever. My sainted mother warned me against the cunning and duplicity of women almost to her dying breath. It’s a sorrowful remnant of sexual Puritanism.” (We’ll just let that adjective “puritanism” used to describe Catholicism go this time, m’kay? No one likes a pedant…) Is the press corps–and possibly the nation–being driven by Irish Catholic psychosexual anxieties? (Or does that question creep you out too much to consider writing a comment?)
- In any case, you’d think the Irish Catholic luminaries listed above might have a few questions for John McCain and his endorsement by Pastor Hagee, who is just as insanely anti-Catholic as Cotton Mather, instead of pestering Barack Obama about his pastor, who might once have said something nice about Louis Farakkhan. (Do you really think a white congregant from that church would have to answer those questions? Think, people!)
- I posted this in a comments thread below, but it deserves a promotion: a clear-eyed analysis of the nefarious, dirty-trickster Hillary Clinton and her plan to win the White House by winning the Democratic Primary! Who does she think she is? It’s not like she’s also rebounding in the national polls! Oh noooooo! Quick! Everyone, STOP VOTING NOW! Your voting is disruptive of party unity and the democratic process! (H/t to Correntewire, which also has a good roundup of people hating’ on the Hillary.)
UPDATE, March 5: Dowd’s latest hairball is mind-alteringly stupid. She writes that in the Democratic primary, “All the victimizations go tripping over each other and colliding, a competition of historical guilts. People will have to choose which of America’s sins are greater, and which stain will have to be removed first. Is misogyny worse than racism, or is racism worse than misogyny?” That’s right–I guess if you’re a rich, white New York Times columnist, you can pick either/or on this question! (Intersectionality, much?) And the winner of the Democratic primary means that his or her single “oppression” will be erased for all Americans, as though with a StainStick! Does anyone else find it, um, interesting, that the fifty-six year old Dowd sniffs at the support HRC has from older women, and tries to align herself with the views of a “post-feminist” nineteen-year old college student? As patronizing as her comments are about African Americans (“vicim lock”, anyone? What does that even mean?), she outdoes herself by furnishing further evidence of what Somerby (above) called “psychosexual lunacies.” In her parting shot she ventriloquizes a putative college student, who shouts at President Clinton, “‘We love you, Bill!’ yelled one boy. ‘You did a good job, except for Monica.’” Historiann votes for Professorblackwoman to get the big bucks at the grey lady to brain the place up.