While many conservatives were quite busy fabricating reasons why the Kenyan Socialist couldn’t possibly be beating their candidate and doing what they do best in screaming totally nonsensical and accidentally hilarious calumnies, the supposedly more thoughtful conservative pundits were working the selective outrage machine to near capacity.
We’re all familiar with the latest tweet-meme de jour in Romney’s supremely derided “binders full of women” response, which turns out to be yet another thing Captain Capitalist lied about. But while we were all LOL’ng on the internets regarding Romney’s very curious response to the question about gender inequality in the workplace, it seems that many of the right’s reliably offensive instigators were slamming the female teacher who poised the question as they were concocting conspiracy theories.
Here were some of the more memorable attacks on Katherine Fenton, the female Pre-K teacher from Long Island who poised the question on fair pay in the workplace:
Conservative author Matthew Vadum attacked the premise of the question as a “feminazi leftist lie.”
Jim Geraghty of National Review wrote: “Oh bulls*** Katherine Fenton is an uncommitted voter.”
Michelle Malkin complained that the question was a “softball” and described the questioner as a “ladyparts tool.”
Fox’s Greg Gutfeld insinuated that the questioner was a plant, and described the question as a “‘Sandra Fluke’ intermission.”
Conservatives appear to miss humor as much as they miss the obvious point. The obviousness here–and what the mouth-foaming outrage should be–is that with just 2 weeks until the general election, this woman is still undecided. Political campaigns, both Democrats and Republicans, recent obsession with these complete and utter dolts, who probably couldn’t locate their anus with a GPS and haven’t a modicum of political and worldly wherewithal, is where the real outrage should be. Moreover, even after President Obama cited the first piece of legislation he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act–the very thing that is designed to give women fair pay (Hello?!!) and that Romney refused to acknowledge if he supports it but instead went on some creepy and misleading tale of keeping ladies in binders–that this woman still isn’t sure who to support is everything that is wrong with America. Catering to the lowest common denominator in entertainment is infuriating and the bane of my existence, but doing it when it comes to choosing the person who will have access to the nuclear launch codes is unconscionable.
“You know, I still find that I’m undecided because I was so grateful for that opportunity yesterday and I heard a lot of really wonderful responses and points but at the same time, a lot of the questions were kind of danced around more than answered explicitly,” she said. “So, like, I can’t say I’ve come out with a preference for either side.” (Gawker)
This is yet another reason why we really need to force voters to take IQ tests.
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