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Such attacks were not limited to Palin herself. Breaking the unwritten rules that a candidate’s children are off limits, Palin’s daughters have been attacked as well. In 2009, liberal comedian David Letterman, who did a Top Ten list about a trip Palin took to New York that included “Bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look,” took a shot at Palin’s then 14-year-old daughter, Willow, as well. “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez,” said Letterman. Letterman’s fallback excuse? He was referring to Palin’s then 18-year-old daughter Bristol, which was apparently OK because Bristol had conceived a child out of wedlock. That would be the same Bristol Palin accused of being the “real mother” of Palin’s youngest son Trig by several leftists–with the exception of writer Andrew Sullivan who’s convinced Palin carried her Down’s Syndrome son to term to establish her bona fides with pro-life women.
How unhinged is the left regarding conservative women in general and Sarah Palin in particular? Until Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren likely shamed him away, “comedian” Louis C.K. was scheduled to host the annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on June 8th. He has referred to Palin as a “retard making c**t,” her son Trig as “the baby that just came out of her f**king disgusting c**t,” and offered up a fantasy about wanting “to rub my father’s c**k all over Sarah Palin’s fat t**t.”
Let’s be clear here. Misogynistic comments are are hardly limited to those on the left, as witnessed by radio show Rush Limbaugh’s recent reference to Georgetown student activist Sandra Fluke as a “slut.” But one is hard-pressed to find anything coming from the right remotely similar to the left’s seeming obsession with sexual violation of women. Nor are both sides held to the same standard. When MSNBC’s Joe Schultz referred to conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham as a “right-wing slut,” there was no organized movement orchestrated by the right to drive him off the air as there was with Limbaugh’s leftist detractors. And while Bill Maher continues to push the envelope on abusiveness, he not only remains virtually immune from consequences, his one million dollar campaign contribution to Barack Obama’s re-election remains unreturned by the same administration that has castigated both Republicans and Catholics for their war on women.
The sexual degradation of S.E. Cupp and other conservative women is no accident. Few things threaten the leftist template more than successful, highly visible women who eschew the twin pillars of feminist philosophy regarding casual sex and unrestricted abortion that remained unchallenged for decades. That philosophy is being challenged now, and Hustler represents the latest backlash to that challenge. Yet when one is forced to figuratively rape one’s ideological opponents to score political points, the bankruptcy of one’s ideological argument becomes ever more apparent.
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt rationalized his magazine’s detestable behavior. “That’s satire. I’m able to publish this because of the Supreme Court case I won in 1984, Flynt v. Falwell,” he said. That was the battle. Conservative women, no doubt buttressed by a Gallup poll showing near-record low support for the pro-choice agenda, may be winning the war.
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