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PUMAs, swiftboated and not

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:35 EDT

So, that PUMA thing blew up. Naturally, people are casting around looking for any reason to suggest that the stereotype—hysterical women too dumb to know what’s good for them voting for McCain out of spite because Clinton lost, thereby inadvertently proving that women are probably too stupid to vote, much less run for office—is true, even in the face of evidence that there’s rat-fucking going on. I never said that there was no way any woman could be that dumb—women are not superior to men, just equal to men, so we have our share of dumbasses. Just that it’s overblown and that the overblown nature of it is suspicious, due to likely rat-fucking and disingenuous media trend-spotting.

Rick Perlstein, historian and expert in Republican dirty tricks, explains it all better.

No, it’s not that some of the Hillary die-hardism isn’t utterly organic, the product of sincere dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. But that was Buchanan’s point in 1971: None of this stuff works unless you build it off divisions that already exist in Democratic circles. You exacerbate them. You light the fuse. You make it easy for good Democrats to rationalize that they’re doing the right thing, as Hubert Humphrey rationalized to the president on election night in this private conversation that he was doing the right thing when he implied he helped sabotage George McGovern for the general election.

So people asked me what good exposing Astroturf does for the handful of real women that are so bitter they’ll flush the lives of those on the Republican hit list such as Iranian citizens, not to say the rights of women, down the toilet with a vindictive vote (or refusing to vote) that helps McCain to victory? Well, it helps show them that they’re being taken for a ride, for one thing, which might make them reconsider their foolish, selfish behavior.

Let me put this straight: Voting for McCain, or helping him win by throwing your vote to anyone but Obama or refusing to vote, is worse than doing all these things in passive or active support of Bush in 2000. Supporting Bush, actively by voting for him or passively by voting for Nader, was somewhat understandable, because he didn’t actually let the voters know that he was gunning for abortion rights or to invade Iraq. I mean, you should have guessed that, but it’s not immoral to be naive. But McCain cracks jokes about bombing Iran and has been eager to show his anti-choice bona fides. Really, he’s left even passive supporters no excuse for themselves.

This Is Why We Need Buses

By Jesse Taylor

I hereby declare the death of the “a taxicab driver told me” meme. When white supremacists start talking to Uncle Ruckus on their way to the movies, it has officially eschewed all meaning and rounded the bend to some guy in the corner talking about how the nice driver man told him purple monkey dishwasher.


Smart cars disappoint

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 23:48 EDT

I got all excited when I saw Farhad Manjoo had a review up of something called the Smart ForTwo, which is a backseat-less small car that can fit into even the scariest small parallel parking spots. “Ah-a!,” I thought, “People are beginning to wise up to a frustration that drove…


I Don’t Need Saving

By Jesse Taylor

You know, I was hopeful. LaShawn Barber wrote a piece declaring (I thought) that fathers abandoning their children is a form of abuse. As the child of a single mother with a father who ran out, there was a constant, lingering doubt about my own self-worth that always played around…


Bush’s checks are ‘stimulating’ the porn economy

By pams

Sometimes the jokes just tell themselves — who knew that those checks were destined to become a dose of economic Viagra. According to the Adult Internet Market Research Company, business has been “enhanced” significantly. An unforeseen and surprising beneficiary of the Economic Stimulus Plan, a plan that George Bush contends…


Bamboo Review, II: WALL-E again

By Amanda Marcotte

Spoilage, people, spoilage. So I saw WALL-E last night, and wanted to throw in two cents on top of Auguste’s humorous post on it. I agree that the second half, especially with its lack of subtlety, had nothing on the first half. The action sequences were imaginative in the way…


Save the stupid, cruel males

By Amanda Marcotte

Oh my lord, Tracy Clark-Flory linked a new low in Kathleen Parker male-hate. “But Amanda,” you might say, “How can you say Kathleen Parker hates men when she wrote a book called ‘Save the Males’?” I say that because Parker can only bring herself to defend rapists, gropers, and men…


Touch Me In A Fistular Way

By Jesse Taylor

CNN: Obama doesn’t give a kid a fist bump. He’s also heard to mutter part of a sentence. This is news. Obama must answer for his lack of commitment to bringing every single American to his fist. I also want John Edwards to answer for that time he was campaigning…


It’s Not A Black Card, It’s African American Express

By Jesse Taylor

The Obamas took out a massive home loan and got a slightly lower-than-market-average rate (not for the size of the loan, but for all loans) at the height of the housing bubble. Oddly enough, banks prefer giving slightly lower rates on larger loans, because they can safely knock a couple…


Like, Yeah

By Jesse Taylor

Oh, Jonah. You’re the dumbest. What always so great about Jonah Goldberg is that he’s got the world’s biggest chip on his shoulder despite having no actual worthwhile accomplishments to his name that he should feel forced to defend. Being the Paris Hilton of the conservative movement will do that…