I’M BEGGIN’ YA

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Everyone’s got a “this is not going to end well” situation, a time when you have to steel yourself for the excruciating personal embarrassment and humiliation you know is coming but can’t stop.  There are too many examples to name so I’ll just list three.

When you realize that Uncle Boozehound is already half-tanked even though Thanksgiving dinner won’t start for another two hours.  Watching me ask a woman out on a date.  Every single time James Carroll fires up his word processing software:

That the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy lost to the Republican non-entity Scott Brown is a moment of reckoning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The current discontents do not explain this staggering defeat. Tea-baggers, disgruntled independents, an electorate made weary and confused by the health-care debate, the unemployed pissed-off, anti-establishment nay-sayers—add it all up and you still don’t have the explanation for what happened. The short of it is that the most liberal state in the nation (“Don’t blame me,” we crowed when we alone went for George McGovern in 1972, “I’m from Massachusetts”) practices the politics of misogyny. When it comes to positions of real power, no women need apply. Martha Coakley was croaked by an electorate that could not get past her gender.

And Jim knows a lot about non-entities.  But “the most liberal state in the nation practices the politics of misogyny,” Gracie?  Jimmy stupidly goes on to list several stupid examples that he thinks illustrate his stupid premise.  Here are two.

Evelyn Murphy was lieutenant governor to Michael Dukakis from 1987 to 1991—the first woman to hold statewide office in Massachusetts. As his pioneering secretary of environmental affairs in Dukakis’s first term, she had put concern for the environment on the political map. A brilliant, calm leader (master’sfrom Columbia, Ph.D. from Duke), she stood head and shoulders above other politicians of the time. But when she made her own run for governor in 1990, she hit a wall of condescension. That she was single was held against her, as was her cool demeanor. She failed the “not womanly enough” test. The Democratic nomination went to the eccentric “straight-shooter” (emphasize shooter) John Silber, which led many Democrats to vote for the callow Republican Bill Weld as a lesser evil. Weld won. Evelyn Murphy disappeared (although in 2005, she published Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men, and What to Do About It).

Romney bailed out after one term, leaving as heir apparent his Lt. Governor, Kerry Healey. She was both a patrician beauty from the upscale North Shore (her husband was fabulously wealthy) and the product of a hard-scrabble life as daughter of a schoolteacher and disabled father. Running for governor, she was a tough-as-nails candidate, but the fact that she was a gorgeous blonde was held against her. A lightweight, the wise guys said—despite her Harvard degree, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin. Her opponent in the general election was the exceptional Duval Patrick, riding a first wave of the hope-for-change that would soon bring Barack Obama to power, but there was simply no way Massachusetts was going to elect a woman. Healy lost by 20 points.

I hope all of you caught the fatal flaw in Jim’s “logic.”  All the women he cites who were rejected by Massachusetts voters for whatever reason HAD ALREADY BEEN ELECTED TO SOME STATEWIDE OFFICE!! 

If Massachusetts is really as “misogynistic” as Jim thinks it is, none of these women would ever have been elected to anything at all.   If Jim’s right, Martha Coakley would be a cocktail waitress rather than the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is an elective office last time I checked.

Just stop writing about stuff, dumbass.

22 Comments to I’M BEGGIN’ YA

J.M. Heinrichs
January 20, 2010

Apparently, as a Massachusetts voter, Mr Carroll is a serial failure.

Cheers

FW Ken
January 20, 2010

Was it James Carroll writing Constantine’s Sword or John Cornwell writing Hitler’s Pope – I think it was the former – who claimed to have based his slanders on research at the Vatican libraries, but no one could find his sign-ins there?

In any case, that filth like Carroll can earn a living writing for a newspaper (The Boston Globe) speaks to the utter corruption that permeates American journalism.

Mark Windsor
January 20, 2010

The average liberal can’t bring themselves to admit that their ideas have failed, so they make up stuff.

Truth Unites... and Divides
January 20, 2010

CJ: “Just stop writing about stuff, dumbass.”

I love it when you speak truth-in-love.

Stephen
January 20, 2010

“Non-entity”? Really? After the clown they put in office in ’08, NOW liberals want to talk about qualifications for office? As I said in the last thread, Brown was more qualified for the US Senate than Obama was.

Don Janousek
January 20, 2010

Another example: “That big mouth Don Corleone called me today and claims I owe him money. Well, just let him try to collect it!” As to Mass. – my perusal of various news sites today showed me that the Democrat loss was due to three things: 1. Sexism, 2. George W. Bush, and, 3. Allowing people without Hah-vahd degrees to vote. Glad the liberals are so on top of this.

KC
January 20, 2010

I thought the party line was that Mass. voters suddenly turned racist…it’s hard to keep up with the excuse of the moment…

Fuinseoig
January 20, 2010

“Martha Coakley was croaked by an electorate that could not get past her gender.”

No, it looks to me that Martha Coakley was croaked by an electorate that said “If you can’t be arsed to ask for my vote, I can’t be arsed to give it to you.”

That sniping about standing outside Fenway Park in the cold shaking hands was a monunmental piece of stupid.

(1) It made her sound as if she considered that she didn’t have to campaign; that the votes would automatically fall into her lap. The punters don’t like to be taken for granted.
(2) It made her sound like she considered herself too good for the little people. The punters, as I have said, don’t like to be taken for granted.
(3) If Irish-American voters are anything like Irish voters, then someone who sounds as if she thinks (a) she’s too good for the locals and so can’t be bothered with parish pump politics and (b) she is automatically assured of a place in national government because she’s Just That Special is going to get a rude awakening at the polls, which sounds like is what happened.

The Little Myrmidon
January 20, 2010

How, ’bout State Senator Diane Wilkerson? Go ahead, Jimbo, talk about her.

dwstroudmd
January 20, 2010

Hmmm. This whine is so new that the insect frass hasn’t been washed off the grapes before they were crushed. I’d suggest a Limburger so at least the cheese will have body.

Don Janousek
January 20, 2010

dwstroudmd: HaHaHaHaHa! Yeah – “An impertinent little wine with shades of roadkill and just a hint of outhouse. Goes exceedingly well with crow. Salute!”

Bill (not IB)
January 20, 2010

As far as I’m concerned, anyone who uses the term “tea-b*g*e*s (I refuse to even write it out) doesn’t deserve so much as being spit upon. They are either terminally ignorant, hopelessly bigoted, or a combination of the two.

And I find it appalling that the MSM will hound to the death anyone whos uses a term like the “N” word, it’s original form (Ne*ro), “fag*ot”, etc. but lets this obscene sexual slur slide on a massive basis. If there’s going to be a standard which folks to the right of the political spectrum are held to, the same should apply to the left. (And it was interesting that even Harry Reid got in trouble for his recent use of a racial term; yet, as far as I know, absolutely no one has been taken to task for slandering the “Tea Party”!!!)

Stephen
January 20, 2010

Coakley wasn’t just elected to Attorney General; she was elected with 73% of the vote. But not until after she was elected to be District Attorney of Middlesex County in 1998.

Donald R. McClarey
January 20, 2010

James Carroll has never let stubborn facts stand in the way of his Leftist ideology.

Anne B.
January 20, 2010

A mite off topic, but this sentence puzzled me:

“Martha Coakley was croaked by an electorate that could not get past her gender.”

When did “croaked” become a transitive verb? When I was growing up, it was a slangy synonym for “died.”

Ed the Roman
January 20, 2010

Fuinseoig,

You nailed it in one.

Allen Lewis
January 21, 2010

Chris,
I read the Carroll piece before I read your comments, and I had the same question. If women are so unelectable – how’s that for great writing? – just how the heck did these dames get elected to office in the first place? Was it because of mail coattails? does not make sense. But then, most post-modern liberal mentation falls under that classification anyway.

Katherine
January 21, 2010

Oh, so Martha Coakley’s loss was sexism, but what happened to Sarah Palin in the ’08 campaign, no, not a hint of sexism from the left there. The fact is, it’s the left which is addicted to “isms” of all types, since it looks at people as members of categories and not as people.

This is just a whiner making excuses for an ideological loss.

FW Ken
January 21, 2010

You know, electing women isn’t all that “liberal” a thing. Texas, our well-known bastion of all things liberal, has had two women governors, the large cities have all had women mayors (probably smaller cities and towns as well), the sheriff of Dallas County is an hispanic lesbian, and I could probably go on. We have a fair number of gays in politics, too, despite our reported homophobia.

WannabeAnglican
January 21, 2010

Be nice, Chris. The lefties are grieving and in denial. And they include the NYT:
“To our minds, it is not remotely a verdict on Mr. Obama’s presidency.”

That’s right, not at all. *pats on head*

The Little Myrmidon
January 21, 2010

And now Madame Pelosi has had to concede that there aren’t enough votes to pass ObamaCare.

Oh, Boo Hoo.

Bet she hasn’t felt this bad since the house fell on her sister.

ccinnova
January 21, 2010

I watched Fox News Channel’s election coverage for a while Tuesday evening. During a commercial break, I flipped over to MSNBC to check their reaction. Rachel Maddow was making essentially the same point as James Carroll.

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