Wonkette didn’t start it. And hasn’t even been the most high profile voice (although perhaps the most crude).
It has been there since the moment Sarah Palin was nominated for V.P., in the “high-end” liberal websites not just the bowels of the internet.
Here is James Taranto noting the phenomenon on September 11, 2008, Targeting Trig Palin:
“South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin [yesterday], saying John McCain had chosen a running mate ‘whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion,’ ” Politico reports. Fowler later apologized “to anyone who finds my comment offensive.”
We’ll leave the offense to others. We find Fowler’s comment revealing and disturbing. And she is not alone in striking this theme.Here is Andrew “Beagle With a Smear” Sullivan of The Atlantic:
And then, because [John McCain] could see he was going to lose, ten days ago, he threw caution to the wind and with no vetting whatsoever, picked a woman who, by her decision to endure her own eight-month pregnancy of a Down Syndrome child in public, that he was going to reignite the culture war as a last stand against Obama.
Sullivan loses control of his syntax, but Salon’s Cintra Wilson manages to make a similar point with flawless grammar:
Sarah Palin is a bit comical, like one of those cutthroat Texas cheerleader stage moms. What her Down syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter unequivocally prove, however, is that her most beloved child is the antiabortion platform that ensures her own political ambitions with the conservative right.
This is worse than tasteless or even unhinged. It is depraved.
Nothing has changed. Because they haven’t changed.
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