You only have to have been following Andrew Sullivan’s blog this past week to notice a theme.
Mark Kirkorian: “Our commander-in-chief is an effete vacillator who is pushed around by his female subordinates […] Obama’s pusillanimity has been hugely magnified by the contrast with the women directing his foreign policy and the fact that they nagged him to attack Libya until he gave in.”
Frank Gaffney: “I am praying that Barack Obama and his anti-Israel troika of female advisors will not take us all down a road that seems ripe for another, ominous application of this precedent”
Sullivan himself: “This is Clinton’s war, launched on entirely emotional and irrational grounds.”
Weird, huh? Why is it so important that we know this is a girly war? Clinton doesn’t want a second term. By all accounts she has no interest in running for higher office again. Why… oh, why would these conservative men be so hung up on making sure we all know that having a girl with the power to command armies is so terrible?
I just can’t think of why conservative men would want to run down women’s leadership and make the prospect of women controlling the military seem frightening.
I mean, you’d think that, if they were afraid of some woman being in a leadership position, they’d just come out and say something like, “Man, wouldn’t it be scary if she were in charge?” instead of having to make it seem like there’s something uniquely fucked up about any woman having a leadership position, right? I mean, there can’t be… at least, I’m blanking on one… some woman the right is totally fixated on, who the base loves, but the leadership is afraid and mortified by, maybe someone taking a foreign trip right now, embarrassing herself all around the world?
Just not thinking of anybody these fools could be so afraid of that they have to slur all women rather than risk taking her on directly. Or in Sullivan’s case, that he’s willing to slur all women in order to also take on some woman he’s been taking on directly. So, I guess Sullivan is less of a fool.
Apparently getting girl-cooties all over our invasion of Libya has spoiled some folks’ whole week.