Thursday, February 08, 2007

McIlheran vs. Folkbum: No Contest

Whenever Folkbum decides to take on McIlheran (P-Mac), it's always fun to read Folkie's attempt to refute P-Mac.

"Where's the beef?" is always appropriate--sometimes, "Where's the bread?" fits, too.


Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) has hired a campaign blogmaster, just the thing for a candidate with young and hip hair. The background check missed something, though:

She’s got a real problem with Catholics.

Specifically, when Amanda Marcotte was writing on her own blog, Pandagon, about the church’s view of birth control, she started with a little joke that, in crude terms, involved the Virgin Mary, the Plan B contraceptive, a nasty description of the “holy spirit” and a reference to Catholic doctrine as an “ancient mythology” meant to justify misognyny. Follow the link if you want to read it; it won’t be reprinted on the Journal Sentinel’s Web site.


It's the way he's dumbly parroting the party line without considering the double standards, without recognizing the cognitive dissonance that must be overcome to complain about Amanda.

For example, among those leading the charge is the Catholic League's Bill Donohue; you might remember him as the one who famously said

"Who really cares what Hollywood thinks? All these hacks come out there. Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, okay?

And that, my friends, is the tip of the porverbial iceberg--just google Donohue, and you can learn all about his hateful speech--less profane, but no less offensive--against Jews and homosexuals (or see, yes, Pandagon for more). Yet Donohue gets to go on TV to represent Catholics everywhere while Amanda may get fired from her gig as a blogger. Go figure.

It's reasonably well-known that Donohue is a pit-bull Catholic, as aggressive in defending Catholicism and Catholics as is the ADL in defending Judaism and Jews. (By the way, Donohue's remarks about Hollywood are accurate.)

Then Folkie launches into a rant about a second-rate (R) operative who works for a sure-loser (R) Presidential candidate (McPain); the operative apparently dissed Henry Waxman. This IS relevant--both Edwards and McPain are DOA in the primaries.

McIlheran's point was that John Edwards (D--The Richest America), in hiring a flame-throwing anti-Catholic bigot, made an error in judgment which may tell us something about the Breck Girl's overall Presidential timber.

Folkie's point was....what? That Edwards was right?

Pointing out that someone has a history of blind-rage-hatred of the Catholic Church is not a "party" line, Folkie. The Republicans actually don't do all that well with Catholics.

But Edwards' choice of 'net spokesman may change that.

By the way, Folkie: you never mentioned whether you disagree with Ms. Marcotte.

UPDATED: It now appears that the BreckGirl will keep the bloggers on his staff. Glad that's cleared up, hey!

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