“That emotional state was in evidence when I questioned her. In her Guardian essay, (…) she warns of arrests of public figures taking place. ‘If you look at history, just before those arrests is where we are now.’
“I reminded her of several things. One, we were in a bookstore. Two, we were in a bookstore that had dozens of books critical of the Bush Administration including Charlie Savage’s Takeover, John Dean’s Broken Government, Jack Goldsmith’s The Terror Presidency and Glenn Greenwald’s Tragic Legacy.
“Third, I pointed out that people were not afraid to speak in this country and that in New England most political commentary was decidedly anti-Bush. Fourth, I reminded her that we were discussing her book in public and not under cover of darkness. Fifth, I further reminded her that the Bush Administration would be leaving in fewer than 460 days never to return. With this in mind, I asked her if she honestly believed that she and the other authors I mentioned would be arrested and imprisoned.
“Naomi Wolf did not want to answer my question. She began by talking about Germany in 1931-1932…”
“Since she did not answer my question the first time, I asked her once more. Wolf replied, ‘I hope not.’ She then shouted at me yet again and asked me, ‘Why are we having this discussion?’ If she had permitted me to retort, I would have said because she brought it up in her essay. Wolf then proceeded to tell me she was getting ‘angry’ and then invoked her two children much to the delight of the crowd sympathetic to her who began applauding….”
When I was growing up, the people most likely to say “if you look at history” were cranky old men who’d phone the cranky old host of the local radio talk show, warning that metric or mandatory seat belts or women in the workplace was this week’s sign of the apocalypse.
Beautiful, youthful Naomi Wolf has become that cranky old man.
That’s what being a Leftist does to you.
And you know: when you scratch a woman you’ll always find… a woman. One of my roommates during my peacenik days was a Helena Bonham Carter lookalike — a gorgeous stripper-lesbian-artist-feminist separatist who played in a band called Mourning Sickness.
Naomi Wolf was on tv one day promoting her first book, and my roommate huffed: “That bitch wrote a book called The Beauty Myth??!! Nerve.”
UPDATE: Welcome, Mark Steyn readers.
Which reminds me: Steyn co-hosted Hannity & Colmes last week, and he and Alan sparred over those minimum wage Chinese waiters who “donated” thousands of dollars to Hillary without remembering they’d done so. Why would low wage workers give their money away like that? Steyn asked Alan, who replied lamely, “Maybe they want health care…”
So Alan — I yelled at the TV — why didn’t they take “their” thousands of dollars and just buy some health insurance?
And did you catch Colmes’ Peter Pan getaway boots on the debate last night? He is SO odd.
I hate to play the pathetic ”does this guy even believe what he’s saying?” card, but in Colmes’ case, I think he really might realize by now that his beliefs are dumb, but doesn’t want to lose his gig. Something about the way he fidgets and has this “can we just get this over with?” attitude on the air.
“Well, that would explain a lot,” Bloodthirsty Liberal writes back. “His positions are so strained, he sounds like he’s recording a hostage tape.”