Skip to comments.Fertile ground for foolishness (Client number nine's lesser half opines on Gov. Palin)
Posted on 06/18/2013 5:50:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: Im more fertile than you are.
It seems fecundity is emerging as the best argument for public office, policy or even citizenship. What was once an unconscious appraisal Is this person strong, healthy and vital? has morphed into the sort of explicit review one usually associates with an X rating.
While male politicians have always strutted their stuff as a demonstration of virility and strength, most women until recently have had no such comparable public measures. Managing a household wasnt viewed as favorably as, say, the ability to pitch a ball over home plate.
Lately, a strange shift has occurred among female politicians as they have resorted to flexing their womb-manhood. Rather than try to out-man the men, women have begun to celebrate or exploit in some cases their higher purpose.
This brings us unavoidably to Sarah Palin, who reminded us recently that fertility is the ultimate trump card.
To be fair, Jeb Bush started it. He was attempting to explain the need for immigration reform as an economic argument. That is, we need an influx of immigrants WHO TEND TO HAVE LARGER FAMILIES to counter native-born Americans low birthrates. Our current rate isnt sufficient to keep our nations economic engine running competitively.
This is a legitimate argument, most forcefully advanced by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Republican economic adviser and former director of the Congressional Budget Office under George W. Bush. Alas, Jeb Bush inartfully said we need immigrants because they are more fertile, which sounds an awful lot like, Hotahmighty, those people cant tie their shoes without getting pregnant.
One is permitted a certain number of verbal pratfalls in public life, a bit of latitude Palin should appreciate. But Mama Grizzly came roaring out at Bush during a speech at one of those confabs where faith-and-freedom lovers assemble to flex their moral superiority. She not only scolded the third Bush for speaking in such terms but reminded the audience of her own bona fides in the matter.
I say this as someone whos kind of fertile herself.
As though anyone could forget.
In an earlier speech in May at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Palin drew applause with a quip about her marital virtuosity. For Christmas, she gave husband Todd a gun, and he gave her a gun case for the four-wheeler, and ... Hes got the rifle; I got the rack.
Oh, chortle chortle.
Palin is nothing if not fertile. Or perhaps more accurately, she is nothing if she isnt fertile.
The most flauntingly fecund female politician in American history, Palin made the most of mens imaginations as John McCains running mate even winning over the fantasies of the politically opposed. Most memorable of these was Christopher Hitchens, who, though no Palin fan, once confessed to me: Even I have wondered what it would be like to change her expression.
Hitchens knew how to be provocative and/or insulting while still seeming courtly, a gentlemans art nearly lost with his passing. Only the other Christopher Buckley does the same as well.
In this era of low art, one finds comfort at least in the knowledge that fertility passes, and so, one hopes, do those who insist on attention to their procreative histories. Which, I hasten to add, recently includes former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
When challenged about the difference between late-term abortion and the killing of babies who survived late-term abortions at the hands of the convicted murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell, Pelosi hid behind the skirt of her own bassinet.
Rather than answer the question, she invoked her five children and declared any discussion of abortion sacred ground to her Catholic sensibilities.
Fecundity, apparently, triumphs over moral reasoning.
Most likely, Pelosi is deeply troubled by what her politics requires and what her Catholic mother-heart tells her is true. The real reason she avoided the question is because there is no good answer. The atrocity of late-term abortion and post-abortion murder is a matter of moments.
And though Palins pro-life position is more palatable in the harsh light of Gosnells killing chamber, her coquettish reminders that her field is still tillable diminishes her credibility as anything other than a one-liner comedienne.
Perhaps Palin recognizes this herself and is auditioning for her own show. She may have a fertile future as an entertainer, though Honey Boo Boo will give her a run for her money.
Kathleen Parker is a syndicated columnist. Parker is a consulting faculty member at the Buckley School of Public Speaking, and is a regular guest on television shows like The O'Reilly Factor and The Chris Matthews Show. Parker describes herself politically as "slightly to the right of center." Kathleen Parkers email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
How OLD is that Photo?
I thought she was dead. Just brain dead, I guess.
A lot of Photoshop softening on the face and neck. The hands tell the tale though.
Maybe she just suffers from jealousy.
This is progress. She has gotten up to considering Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi on the same level. Even considering that would have been heresy a couple of years ago.
Oh chortle, chortle, Kathleen’s career creditability is crystallized in her agreement to co-host a CNN show with a whore monger and ends up as the one who gets canned.
I’d rather be a one liner comedienne.
Her hands look like they belong on a T-Rex!
This woman needs to GET A LIFE.
Cause she's already spent the first one.
I just Thank God Nancy Pelosi is no longer fertile.
Now I want to know what you were gonna say!
He was attempting to explain the need for immigration reform as an economic argument. That is, we need an influx of immigrants WHO TEND TO HAVE LARGER FAMILIES to counter native-born Americans low birthrates. Our current rate isnt sufficient to keep our nations economic engine running competitively.Because they don't abort their babies, you silly twit.
And neither did Sarah. Which is really why you don't like her, isn't it, you pious, self-centered elitist?
Governor Palin failed to kneel at the sacred alter of feminism, and you can't stand it.
In this case the witch is pi$$3d at Governor Palin because she handed Jeb his pompous ass on a platter.
Parker is such a snotty, elitist b!tch. It oozes out of every one of her loathesome columns. I well recall that classic CNN pairing of Spitzer/Parker. Saw several episodes, and was always rather bemused that lefty scumbum Spitzer actually made both more sense and better arguments than she ever did!
I wonder if she has children of her own?
What does this have to do with Eliot Spitzer?
Anyway, it reminds me of a sketch I saw on a comedy show, was it Mad TV? Maybe.
It was a spoof on “Survivor” and very racist, but funny. There were 3 teams competing, a white family (team white bread); a black family (team chicken & waffles (maybe)) and a Spanish family (team burrito).
After many hard challenges, every team was struggling. And the fake Jeff Probst pointed out that every team had many fewer members than at the start, except Team Burrito who kept having new babies even as they competed.
Hey, Spanish people do like kids so good for them.
“What does this have to do with Eliot Spitzer?”
They used to have a show on CNN during primetime.
Actually, first she was dropped.
Then the show was canceled:
Right, now I get it! I hate to admit it, but I watched that once or twice and Spitzer didn’t seem to bad on it. Which really galled me, because I hate the guy.