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Payback Time: Why Right-Wing Men Rush to Palin's Defense
Newsweek ^ | November 18, 2009

Posted on 11/18/2009 1:51:33 PM PST by Steelfish

November 16, 2009

Payback Time: Why Right-Wing Men Rush to Palin's Defense

Eleanor Clift

It’s nothing new when liberal women complain about sexism, but when conservative men take up the banner, calling NEWSWEEK sexist for portraying Sarah Palin on the cover in her jogging clothes, that catches my attention. Why do right-wing men rush to Sarah’s side to defend her? My theory is that this is payback time. They’ve been called sexist and racist, and subjected to media ridicule of their allegedly retro views. Palin is their way to push back against the elites that have marginalized them.

For the record, I loved Palin’s interview with Runner’s World, and the cover image that graces NEWSWEEK. She’s in great shape, and she’s shown herself capable of handling whatever comes her way─and making a tidy profit in the process. She’s turned media criticism into a cash cow. Anybody who can stir up the body politic like Palin is a force to be reckoned with. With such Christian-right leaders as Jerry Falwell gone and the Reverend Dobson retired, Palin is the new kingmaker. She may not run for national office again, but those who do will seek her endorsement as the key to mobilizing the populist energy emerging on the right.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clift; males; newsweak; palin

1 posted on 11/18/2009 1:51:33 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Eleanor Clift?

I thought she was dead?

2 posted on 11/18/2009 1:54:16 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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To: Steelfish

Eleanor Clift is a bottom feeder.

I remember when I saw her on TV last, debating the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson.

She called what he had to say “hate speech”.

She makes me vomit.


3 posted on 11/18/2009 1:56:24 PM PST by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Right wing men do NOT call ANYONE sexist, Eleanor Crotch!


4 posted on 11/18/2009 1:56:41 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Steelfish

Eleanor, the bigger question you should ask yourself is why have people stopped reading Newsweek or taking it seriously? I think the two issues are related. But I’m just sayin’...


5 posted on 11/18/2009 1:57:26 PM PST by Grim (I'M VOTING FOR SARAH.)
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To: Steelfish

You really should have added

(BARF ALERT)

to the headline.

Love how they relate right wing men with Jerry Falwell and Reverend Dobson.

These leftist morons really REALLY have no clue, do they?


6 posted on 11/18/2009 1:58:08 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Ack, is that the site with "Responsibility2nd"? Some weirdo. ...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She did but came back to life-death warmed over.


7 posted on 11/18/2009 1:58:21 PM PST by growingpains
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To: Steelfish

I never thought I’d read or hear anything this Grinch faced hag wrote, said, or otherwise excreted out of her piehole.

However she, in three words in this article, gave me my motto for the next few years.

IT’S PAYBACK TIME!

and, true to form, it has nothing to do with Newsweak covers or jogging clothes.

but, I digress—once again:

IT’S PAYBACK TIME!


8 posted on 11/18/2009 1:59:04 PM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: Steelfish

Hey all ou young moms going to your sons and daughters T-Ball games in shorts! Bewarte! The DemoPervert ‘’Morality Police’ of Time and newsweek will be out to get you! How dare you go out in public in shorts, if you aren’t a homosexual or a lesbian?? You shameless Hussies! /sarcasm

Do these Newsweek degenerate and perverts, have any clue at wht imbeciles they are pointing out themselves to be?

“The GOP are Stalinists!”
“Obama is the best author since Ceaser!”
“Obama is smarter than everyone else!”


9 posted on 11/18/2009 2:02:29 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Steelfish

The real question is not why conservative men recognize the sexism in using a leggy jogging photo to discredit an attractive female politician ...

... the real question is why liberal (so-called) “feminists” — who make their living finding sexism even where it doesn’t exist — amazingly don’t see any sexism in this.

SnakeDoc


10 posted on 11/18/2009 2:02:43 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: Steelfish

Theres a good liberal, Eleanor. Talk about anything but the policies Palin represents.


11 posted on 11/18/2009 2:03:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

My God in heaven, Clift and her ilk are so clueless. The arrogant, solipsistic elites. Their willfull ignorance is their fatal blindness. Oh, Lordy, are they ever going to pay.


12 posted on 11/18/2009 2:03:50 PM PST by Noumenon (Work that AQT - turn ammunition into skill. No tyrant can maintain a 300 yard perimeter forever.)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

All we have to do to enforce “payback time” is to embolden every conservative politician to boldly speak the truth as Sarah does.

The left cannot stand the light of truth being shown on their ideology, and doing so ensures their defeat.

Expose the Left = Defeat the Left


13 posted on 11/18/2009 2:04:42 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Eleanor Clift? I thought she was dead?

  1. How would they tell?
  2. Would anybody notice?

14 posted on 11/18/2009 2:12:17 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Steelfish
Why do right-wing men rush to Sarah’s side to defend her?

Because she's being unfairly attacked and vilified by Newsweek and other media outlets, that's why. Clift's hypocrisy is breathtaking but not surprising - the feminist movement is entirely subservient to the Left. These women will readily attack 20 year old interns victimized by much older white employers if those employers happen to be Democrats. They will also smirk as women who aren't liberals are demeaned and smeared.
15 posted on 11/18/2009 2:12:31 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: MrB

According to the running magazine’s editor. There was a one year embargo on the photos and Newsweek ran it without permission. Why didn’t they use the one of her holding Trig? Because it wouldn’t suggest she’s a Bimbo.


16 posted on 11/18/2009 2:12:57 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Steelfish
"whyy Right-Wing Men Rush to Palin's Defense"

Because she' right!

But just as many run to Rush's defense, and other conservatives who share the same values and ideals.

Now, if we're going to talk "coming to the defense", let's talk obama and the state-run media...which includes eleanor cliff.
17 posted on 11/18/2009 2:13:18 PM PST by FrankR (AMERICA: You'll end up where you're going, if you don't change your direction.)
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To: massgopguy

I’m not surprised by anything the left does to attack her,

she probably isn’t either.


18 posted on 11/18/2009 2:14:26 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Steelfish

I love right wing men. They’re real men!


19 posted on 11/18/2009 2:15:26 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: Steelfish

The left is obsessed with Sarah Palin, aren’t they?


20 posted on 11/18/2009 2:20:39 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Noumenon

“My God in heaven, Clift and her ilk are so clueless.”

You’re right, she is. She’s come up with a little truth here and there, especially the part about Palin being an alternative to the “elites” that have screwed things up (though, personally, I have no problem with elites. Heck I want to be elite, someday. The problem is our elites suck, and we need new ones). She also throws in a lot of broad stereotypes, and not the true kind of stereotype but the stereotypes akin to how a random conservative might think all liberals are welfare queens/hot-pink haired homos/champagne-sipping New York socialite Jews.

What she misses, and the answer to the article’s real question—i.e. why do right-wing men care about libs’ “sexism” against Palin—is that everyone loves exposing hypocrisy. Do liberals care about Gov. Sanford’s cheating? No. Do they care if Carrie Prejean masturbated on camera? Heck no. But they care that we care. They care that, presumably, the day before their respective scandals broke, Sanford and Prejean probably could have been recorded saying adultery/pornography are sinful.

That’s it. We don’t care, most of us, all that much about sexism. Mostly because we wouldn’t want to be barred from continuing to call Palin “hot”. We do care about liberal media bias, and will carp about it when it’s as blatant as it is in Sarah’s case.


21 posted on 11/18/2009 2:24:55 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Steelfish

The article is just Eleanor Clift trying to get a rise out of people.

The charge of anti-intellectual is running around these days. Chrissy Matthews used it the other day.

What is anti-intellectualism anyway? I’m all up for ideas. Let’s hear them. We’ve (along with all recorded history) shown leftist ideas to be bad ideas so why do the Chrissy Matthews of the World keep insisting that believing in socialism is “intellectualism” and believing the facts is “anti-intellectualism”?

I think it’s a form of bandwagon logic. The charge of anti-intellectual is to appeal to the, no pun intended, weak minded among the population. Those followers who never bother to become informed and only want to be with the “smart” side.

Well, to cut to the chase, the conservative side is the smart side. Not necessarily the GOP side. We should all think of ourselves as really pretty and desirable girls and if the GOP wants to take us to bed again, they’re going to have to woo us again.

And if the GOP embraces small government conservativism and works to truly shrink the size of government, I’ll jump between the sheets in a New York minute.


22 posted on 11/18/2009 2:47:34 PM PST by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: DGHoodini

Great riposte!


23 posted on 11/18/2009 2:54:12 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

To Eleandor and her irk I think Sarah is wrong type of woman that she didn’t abort her child when was diagnosis with Down Syndome


24 posted on 11/18/2009 2:55:26 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Steelfish

Mr. Clift needs to check his facts before he pens an article ripping “right wing” men. If he did, he would have discovered that apparently the newsrag he works for used the photo improperly—a BRITISH news source is reporting the “Runner’s World” photographer was contractually obligated to NOT re-sell that pic.

But Mr. Clift didn’t do that...showing himself to be a bad journalist.


25 posted on 11/18/2009 3:01:41 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Steelfish
With such Christian-right leaders as Jerry Falwell gone and the Reverend Dobson retired, Palin is the new kingmaker.

Eleanor Clift is certifiable! What does Palin have to do with Fallwell & Dobson (hated by the likes of Clift)! It must be those 'evil' Christian-right people. You can just feel the hate oozing from Clift.

Maybe Rush is defending Palin because he believes in the things she stands for, Eleanor! We can't have that now can we? At least, not without rags like Newsweak trashing her personally. How about sticking to the issues, Eleanor!

26 posted on 11/18/2009 3:02:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: Don’t Judge Obama on Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Remarks

March 18, 2008

Eleanor Clift, known for her defense of Bill and Hillary Clinton on the syndicated show, “The McLaughlin Group,” came to the defense of Obama in a March 17 appearance at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“I think that Barack Obama represents a post-racial candidacy,” Clift said. “But not a lot Americans feel that. I think the sentiments expressed in that church are not all that unusual in this country and I think Barack Obama is asking us to judge him on how he’s lived his life and what he believes.”

http://tinyurl.com/yebpz7w


27 posted on 11/18/2009 3:07:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Eleanor Clift Says Bush is “Way Off Track,” Needs to Behave More ...

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Clift: “I think now we are in for an examination of this young woman and her background to test her credibility.... Linda Tripp Linda Tripp (born Linda Rose Carotenuto on November 24, 1949 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a central figure in the Lewinsky scandal of 1998 and 1999 that led to the impeachment and subsequent acquittal of U.S. President Bill Clinton. is also the link with another woman who allegedly said in a deposition that the President made improper advances. So you begin to wonder what her role is.”

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Clift was ready to defend as well as counterattack Attacking an attacker. Even though a criminal hacker or other agent is attempting to penetrate a security perimeter or damage systems, the counterattack must not violate applicable laws. . President Clinton has “been elected twice with people knowing that he has had affairs.... I think past Presidents, Lyndon Johnson for one, certainly Jack Kennedy, these things went on.” She went on to suggest that Ken Starr’s probe is somehow a threat to abortion rights.

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Eleanor Clift and Al Hunt made it their business to defend the President effectively, in contrast to a few embalmed-liberal journalists such as Lars-Erik Nelson, who explicitly took Clinton’s side at the start. But even Nelson had to give a nod to the implications of the Lewinsky tapes. And some Clinton defenders actually jumped ship.

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“Stonewalling happens to be good lawyering and I’m glad the President and Monica Lewinsky have good lawyers.” — Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift


28 posted on 11/18/2009 3:15:02 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Not the first time I’ve seen the clueless left refer to “Reverend” Dobson. Blind hatred tends to blur facts. (He’s a psychologist.)


29 posted on 11/18/2009 3:23:43 PM PST by 2sheds
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To: Steelfish

Oh yeah, i forgot to mention all those Suburbam wives doing their gardening, the executive women who wear shorts to the companies co-ed gyms, those big city Latina women wearing shorts during the summer on their way to the store for a soda...

Newsweeks De’Morality Police” are calling you all shameless whores! Wearing shorts that only go down half way on your calves....How shockingly vulgar and stupid you are!


30 posted on 11/18/2009 3:40:18 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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