Thursday, February 14, 2008


From the front page of today:

(Click to enlarge.)

Hey, it's OK for us to laugh at this! This isn't what we think! It's what the Clintons think! (Even though we've lovingly Photoshopped this image ourselves....)


There seems to be a lot of this kind of thing going around -- see Maureen Dowd yesterday, declaring herself shocked, shocked, that a nasty sexist joke is being made about Hillary Clinton.

...But Hillary is not the best test case for women. We'll never know how much of the backlash is because she's a woman or because she's this woman or because of the ick factor of returning to the old Clinton dysfunction....

In a webcast, prestidigitator Penn Jillette talks about a joke he has begun telling in his show. He thinks the thunderous reaction it gets from audiences shows that Hillary no longer has a shot.

The joke goes: "Obama is just creaming Hillary. You know, all these primaries, you know. And Hillary says it's not fair, because they're being held in February, and February is Black History Month. And unfortunately for Hillary, there's no White Bitch Month." ...

As Bob Somerby says:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Readers, male comedians are telling naughty jokes about Clinton! And Dowd is quick to repeat them, of course.... "[E]ven Jillette admits it's offensive," Dowd says, speaking of her moronic friend's sally. But we can't quite criticize males like Jillette until the "best test case" comes along! ...

Until then, we'll just have to repeat Gillette's "joke"...

Well, of course. It's a public service, don't you see. It just a reminder of how hateful other people (not Dowd herself!) can be -- especially when the object of that hate, y'know, kinda asked for it.


Also see James Wolcott on Dowd's column.

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