Those who observed me doing cardio at the gym last night must have thought I was watching something on Comedy Central. Instead, I was watching a performance by a feminist on Larry King Live that had it been cut and pasted into a Saturday Night Live sketch, it would not have seemed out of place.
Naomi Wolf was going on about some conspiracy theory linking Sarah Palin to Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to D.B. Cooper and the George H.W. Bush aide who wrecked the wedding of Ross Perot’s daughter while Mary Matalin (visible on a split screen) was doing her utmost to contain her amusement. Her lipstick likely covered up the bites on her lips.
Responding to Larry King’s request that she comment to this statement, “somebody said today that they don’t remember a vice presidential concession speech,” the feminist rambled on:
Yes, I personally have no idea whether it’s traditional or not. I don’t think tradition should matter that much. I think what’s more important is what I keep hearing — the refrain I keep hearing from people is, you know, oh, we should have rolled her out more narrowly, she’s genuine, I like her, she’s got all these kids, she speaks from the heart.
You know, all of those are lovely in a neighbor or in a co- worker. But what people have to remember is do we really want to hand our country over to consultants like — like my colleagues on other side of the aisle on this panel, with all due respect, who seem to want to roll her out like a product.
And let’s look at what she was fronting for. She wasn’t just doing what the McCain team wanted. She was carrying water for policies of Rove and Cheney and Bush, including policies on torture.
Bear with me.
And it — history has seen plenty of examples of a cabal — a group of people who get into power. And then she is a telegenic, charming, Evita-type front person to kind of lure the masses. . . . while the same old guys remain in power with some very dark and negative policies. . . that our country is still recovering from.
Wow, just wow. Her words read even stranger than they sounded last night. She’s fronting for Rove, Cheney and Bush with her (cue sinister music) with her dark and negative policies. Huh? Has Wolf read any of Palin’s campaign speeches or even studied her record?
Sarah Palin does seem to bring out the worst in her critics.
Let’s hope we have more Mary Matalins to take those critics to task:
I don’t know where my friend, Naomi, who was the third wave leading feminist and has turned into a Grassy Knoller. There is no Cheney/Rove cabal. . . .
WOLF: There’s no Cheney-Rove cabal, huh?
MATALIN: See, you’ve got — I don’t — this is why people think liberals are such fringies. I mean you — you run around saying that she’s such a dope, but you were all duped by the dope.