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A great lady, a great man

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:33 pm - June 13, 2012.
Filed under: Ronald Reagan,Strong Women

Just wanted to post this picture:

What explains Conservative Woman Derangement Syndrome?

Back in the 1990s (and into this century), whenever conservative men criticized the then-First Lady within earshot of her partisans, they quickly lashed out against us, telling us how afraid we were of strong women.

Such folks quickly forget how many Hillary critics in the 1990s had been, in the 1980s, enthusiastic supporters of then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, a Mrs. (now Lady) Margaret Thatcher who just happened to be a woman.  And some of us also admired an American woman whom for some reason I have long called Lady Jeane, the Democrat Ronald Reagan tapped to serve as his Ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick.

As I read Peter Collier’s biography of this great lady, Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick.  I am reminded that despite her intellectual acumen, Ambassador Kirkpatrick was subject in the 1980s to the same sort of attacks, another more charismatic conservative woman would face a quarter-century later.

Gloria Steinem called the ambassador a “female impersonator”.  Wendy Doniger quipped that Sarah Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.

How ready some folks on the left who see us as somehow sexist when we don’t love the women they love.  Yet, when conservative women rise in public favor, some liberals are quick to criticize them — and question even the reality of their sex.  You would think feminists would welcome women who succeed in endeavors once reserved for men — and earn the admiration of men, particularly conservative men.

Why do accomplished conservative women arose such ire on the left?

Watcher of Weasels Nominations as June Busts out All Over

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:17 am - June 13, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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The “ideologically cloistered” incumbent

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:14 am - June 13, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Arrogance

Although the president may not, as Michael Barone reports, listen to Republican politicians or “Democratic members of Congress”, “there is one group of people” he has had “to listen to:”

the people who give him large sums of money. He recently attended his 150th fundraiser. That’s more than the number attended by the last four presidents put together.

Obama has seen enough Architectural Digest-type interiors in Park Avenue triplexes and Beverly Hills mansions, and on the block in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, where every house is owned by a billionaire, to develop an expertise in Louis XV walnut commodes and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics.

He’s also had plenty of chances to absorb the advice of the kind of rich liberals who like to give money to Democratic presidents.

Despite the amount of time the Democrat has spent with rich liberals, his campaign has argued, as Jennifer Rubin wrote yesterday, “that Romney’s lifestyle and wealth make him out of touch with ordinary Americans,” noting that this is “an argument that liberal icons like JFK and FDR would never worry about. Romney in turn says Obama is so ideologically cloistered . . . .”

Ideologically cloistered.  Indeed.  No wonder Obama has yet to grasp the failure of his policies.  And refuses to acknowledge his own responsibility for the nation’s growing federal debt.