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Columnist disses Rush while misreading Reagan and Lee Atwater.
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And let’s begin with S.E. Cupp’s Rush comments. Comments that she has now amplified in her New York Daily News column titled “I Won’t Be Rushed: For the sake of conservatism, Limbaugh’s defenders need to get his fallibility through their heads.”
Cupp, according to her column, is “spearheading” a project the Times reports as being called “Proximus” — Latin for “next.” In which, says the Times, Proximus members — “youthful conservative dissidents” — “huddle in taverns and homes and — among friends, in the manner of early-20th-century Bolsheviks — proceed to speak the unspeakable about the ruling elite.”
After reading both the Times story and Cupp’s own column it sounds like this group should be more accurately named “Pridianus” — Latin for “yesterday.”
As in, to speak 21st century English, this group is “so yesterday.” As documented by Robert J. Donovan 49 years ago. And Thomas E. Dewey 14 years before that.
Here’s Cupp in her column:
If calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” last year for her position on contraception wasn’t the epitome of “crazy and stupid and dangerous,” allow me to explain the obvious.
It was crazy because it invented an irrational connection between her private sex life and her political position. It was stupid because calling someone a name is intellectually lazy. Make an actual argument. And it was dangerous because it trafficked in the same kind of misogyny that liberals use when they blast conservative women for being sluts, prudes or sexually repressed. And that fell right into the well-crafted but dishonest “war on women” narrative that liberals had set up to (successfully) get President Obama re-elected.
First, let’s stipulate the obvious. Rush apologized. In fact, Ms. Cupp herself said at the time (as here in Newsmax) that:
“While no one should excuse what Rush Limbaugh said, the apology is sufficient.”
Now, however, Cupp is saying something else altogether. Again, she says of the Fluke episode: “It was crazy because it invented an irrational connection between her private sex life and her political position.”
This is a glistening example of a frozen conservative mind. Frozen solid, impervious to history.
Has Cupp never heard of the famous radical leftist feminist line that “the personal is political”? A line that took off in feminist lore when Carol Hanisch, known in the day (the late 1960s) as a founder of New York Radical Women, wrote a 1970 essay in Notes From the Second Year: Women’s Liberation titled “The Personal Is the Political”?
This is bedrock to radical feminists like — yes indeed, today’s Sandra Fluke. Which is exactly why Ms. Fluke went before a Pelosi-picked congressional panel of true-believer liberal female members of Congress — and proceeded to link her personal sex life to the hot-button political issue of Obamacare. Drawing a direct and quite public line between her personal sex life and forcing a religious institution — the Catholic Georgetown University in her case — to pay for her birth control pills. Specifically Fluke said this, and I have highlighted in bold the point:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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