I see, finally, that the things I disliked about Kathleen Parker are on such full estrogen-deprived display that even folks who steered clear of dissing her have finally had enough. Even people who don't agree with social conservatives are pretty disgusted with her. And why? Because her commentary is Dowd-y (that is, adolescent), her insight is off the mark, and her analysis is flawed and illogical, that's all. Gee, what's not to love?
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.
Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.
I'm bathing in holy water as I type.
To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.
I bet it took her all week to come up with that last bit of bigoted flotsam masquerading as The Big Truth. God's the problem. Huh. Just a few questions for you, Kathy:
- Is there a right way to believe in God? I mean, is there a non-oogedy-boogedy way to believe in God that won't be a problem for the GOP you?
- Is voting one's social conscience bad, or is it only bad if that conscience is chiefly informed by Christianity?
- Did you actually look at the poll data, or are you just winging it because you're jealous of Sarah Palin?
- What does oogedy-boogedy mean?
Jonah Goldberg has a couple of words about this:
I don't know what's more grating, the quasi-bigotry that has you calling religious Christians low brows, gorillas and oogedy-boogedy types or the bravery-on-the-cheap as you salute — in that winsome way — your own courage for saying what (according to you) needs to be said. Please stop bragging about how courageous you are for weathering a storm of nasty email you invite on yourself by dancing to a liberal tune. You aren't special for getting nasty email, from the right or the left. You aren't a martyr smoking your last cigarette. You're just another columnist, talented and charming to be sure, but just another columnist. You are not Joan of the Op-Ed Page. [and more here]
And Phil Klein over at the Spectator, who is not a social conservative:
I say this as somebody who supported Rudy Giuliani during the primary and has a libertarian streak on many social issues (including gay marriage): Kathleen Parker is absolutely nuts to blame the Republican defeat in this year's election on "the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP..."
I don't know how syndication works, and I don't imagine KP will be dropped from many publications. Probably NR and NRO, The Dallas Morning News, and some sheets in the heavily oogedy-boogedy areas of the country (check out them red counties, Kathleen!). For now, I content myself with looking at all of the "1 Star" ratings her columns get on Townhall. And, God help me, I'm going to trot out one of the devices that I'm tired of but nevertheless holds true: what if she had used any of this verbiage to describe a minority voting block? Gorilla? Oogedy-boogedy? That's what we call the "bigot litmus test" chez Beeb.