Like Atrios, I’m not at all thrilled at the prospect of a legacy appointment to the Senate, especially someone who has never run for elected office. But Jane Hamsher’s recent irony-free HuffPo missive is a classic example of doin it rong:
It seems Caroline Kennedy has decided she’d rather have a US Senate seat than a pony for Christmas[…] Really? She’s “making calls this morning to alert political figures to her interest?” I guess it was either that or get her nails done.
Yes, because the only way one could possibly express opposition to dynastic appointments and elitism in Congress is to blow sexist dogwhistles. Unless your name is Glenn Greenwald, of course. Or Chris Bowers.
Well, I’m sure they’ll both make sure to include crude gender-based stereotypes in future posts.
Jeff Fecke makes an obvious but important point:
If this were Jim Kennedy, would you suggest he was getting a manicure, asking for a pony? Of course not. You might pick out other symbols of idleness, but those quintessentially feminine grace notes would be left out. It’s not enough to suggest Kennedy isn’t a good pick for the seat — she has to be derided as idle and, most damningly, an idle woman.
Bint goes one step further, noting the lack of self-awareness in Hamsher’s chosen line of criticism:
I just love when privileged, white Americans like Hamsher try to pretend as if they have any idea what it’s like to be a part of the world’s “unwashed masses”.
Isn’t it funny that this article was written by the same person who also once wrote:
“No shit. Why is it the women are taking crap for this — from other women? One need look no further than the cracks about blond hair and tits from self-described “feminists” to see the reason for the sad state of feminism in this country today.”
We should all be grateful she didn’t put Kennedy in blackface.
Related: Louise Slaughter for Senate!