The reaction to conservative talker Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic comments about law student Sandra Fluke has also led to an examination of a topic mostly ignored. The consistent misogyny of many prominent, mainstream liberals against conservative women.
In fact, while one is hard pressed to find another conservative in the mainstream besides Limbaugh who has attacked a liberal woman in such vulgar sexual terms, finding incidents of vulgar sexual slurs against conservative woman is, unfortunately, as easy as gathering low-hanging fruit. Daily Beast columnist Kristin Powers has provided two excellent columns on the hypocrisy here and here.
Although he has strong competition, Bill Maher rates pretty high on the liberal misogyny meter. (I want to digress here to state I don’t want Maher, or any of his hostile-to-women colleagues fired, or suffer organized efforts to have employers or advertisers fire them. That should be the job of audiences.) But the hypocrisy level of how liberals treat Maher and others is amazing. Case in point: President Barack Obama’s chief adviser, David Axelrod, has appropriately condemned Rush Limbaugh and even criticized Mitt Romney for insufficient outrage. Yet, Axelrod is planning to be a future guest on Maher’s HBO show. Some of Maher’s remarks include calling Sarah Palin a “twat” and using “MILF,” a sexually vulger term, to describe Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Suggestions that an Obama-supporting superPAC, Priorities USA, return a $1 million donation from Maher were described as “crazy” by Bill Burton who runs the superPAC. (watch) Let me agree with Mr. Burton that it is “crazy” that the money be returned. In his own way, Burton is being candid. The truth is that for a long time, a sufficient number of Democrats, whether described as liberals, leftists or progressives, have not only approved of the misogyny of Maher and others against conservative women, they’ve chortled at the jokes, cheered enthusiastically, and passed them on.