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December 10 2012

Arrogant, Uptight, White Lady Loses It

Charlotte Hays

An arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy white woman describes male Republicans this way:

The Mayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. …

Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.

I’d say New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who penned these extraordinary words, needs to take a Midol--except, well, you know. Maybe Ms. Dowd just wants to be hip and this is her way of showing that she knows cool "brown people and female people and gay people."  But, unfortunately, it signals that Dowd has entered Chris Matthews territory. 

The GOP lost minority voters big time this year.  No argument there, and the Republicans had better find a way to get their message across to minorities or they are goners. But to see the GOP as a “universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys” is pathological. It shows a certain isolation on Ms. Dowd’s part. And she is spewing hatred in a way that the most brutal, conservative talk show host would have a hard time matching.   

I also want to note this paragraph:

The G.O.P. put up a candidate that no one liked or understood and ran a campaign that no one liked or understood — a campaign animated by the idea that indolent, grasping serfs must be kept down, even if it meant creating barriers to letting them vote.

A lot of people liked Mitt Romney, a decent man who was vilified by the Democrats in a way that took one’s breath away. And Romney, by the way, got 48 percent of the vote. Not all of these voters could be homophobes. But what is possibly more galling is Dowd’s use of the word “serfs” to impugn Republicans. The states that require voter IDs do this not to prevent anybody from voting. On the contrary, these states are trying to protect the integrity of the ballot by preventing somebody from casting somebody else’s vote.

And if you want to see people being kept down, just look at the economy for the last four years.

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