As they beat a retweet...

Via Ann Althouse, I learned that CNN is all atwitter over Sarah Palin's retweet of Tammy Bruce's pro-gay twitter

Normally, it's what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news. This time it's what she has re-tweeted.

The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism over continued Republican opposition to the Don't Ask Don't Tell military policy that won congressional repeal late last month.

Now the political world is wondering just what Palin meant to express.

"But this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already-the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed," Bruce's original tweet read that was subsequently relayed by Palin.

Bruce was thrilled with Palin's re-tweet, saying it constitutes a clear signal the former Republican vice presidential nominee is a friend of the gay community.

What aroused my curiosity was the spin in CNN's headline -- "Palin re-tweet raises questions."

What "questions" are being raised? That this was out of character? That Sarah Palin makes no sense?

MSNBC goes a step further and cites speculation that Palin is a technologically clueless idiot who had no idea what she was doing:

Gawker said Palin is not "in the context of her party, rabidly homophobic," then wondered if perhaps she didn't understand the tweet or pushed the wrong button.

Um, I don't think so. Sarah Palin is not only thoroughly familiar with the technology, but she has been a guest on Tammy Bruce's radio program, since at least last summer, when this live podcast was posted.

Tammy Bruce relates the background of the tweet, and goes out of her way not to put words in Sarah Palin's mouth:

...I am a firm supporter of the governor in all of her endeavors and will support whatever she chooses to pursue politically.

That said, let me remind everyone the context of that tweet-the issue that spurred my tweets was the production of homoerotic/homophobic/misogynistic videos by Capt. Honors of the USS Enterprise. I found that revelation, combined with the military's public position regarding DADT and the 'disruption' supposedly posed by gay men and lesbians serving openly, rather hypocritical. That was the ultimate context of that tweet-military hypocrisy on the issue.

So, at the very least I do think it's fair to say anyone, regardless of their position on DADT, would indeed find the situation on the Enterprise rankly hypocritical. My tweet was also a condemnation of DADT as an attempt to continue to marginalize gays and lesbians in the military and beyond. In a previous tweet I mention the absurd "boycott" of CPAC by certain anti-gay groups which call themselves "social conservatives" simply because conservatives who happen to be gay will be there. I do take the Governor's RT to also be a condemnation of this social ostracizing.

When it comes to Sarah Palin's position on DADT, I have never asked her about it and she has never spoken to me about it-but I assess her as a Conservative with Libertarian influence. Both her husband and son are Independents, with Mr. Palin serving as his wife's primary adviser. I will remind people of things already in the public realm about the governor-she refused to veto partner benefits legislation as governor of Alaska and is a firm believer in fairness and "live and let live." She is not a Culture Warrior, however. She is, which should be apparent by her Facebook postings and opinion pieces, a Policy Wonk. She is also, which is clearly evident, a charismatic leader who remains grounded by her character, faith and family.

Some have suggested this 'completely changes the 2012 election.' Not really-perhaps for some who believed the LSM and Gay Gestapo lie that Sarah Palin was somehow a bigot or homophobe, I hope this does cause some to take a second look at Palin, away from the left's predictable "She's a Hater!!" meme.

I have addressed the "She's a hater" meme before, and I also hope this will cause some to take a second look away from that nonsense.

However, nothing Sarah Palin might do or say would ever make the left do anything other than gnash their teeth in irrational rage. Seriously, if she decided, say, to go on record as supporting gay marriage at a press conference, they would relentlessly recontext her remarks as somehow bigoted or stupid.

I have to say, the way the left reacts to these things is very entertaining, and I reminded of the way all hell broke loose over Glenn Beck's remarks about how gay marriage would not harm the country.

Sometimes I suspect that one of the basic commandments of political collusion is along the lines of

"Thou shalt always live up to the narratives which are ordained by others."

posted by Eric on 01.05.11 at 10:56 AM


"Thou shalt always live up to the narratives which are ordained by others."
It's just rude not to.

That's why Jeff Goldstein is so reviled.
Not only is he a Jew, but he's an academic!?!?! A freaking English teacher for Gaia's sake!

He's supposed to use words like "heuristics", "thematic" and "cultural paradigm" to support leftism not make fun of its inherent contradictions and stupidities.

And why minorities who are Republican are so hated, they destroy the narrative and so have to be ignored or reviled.

Veeshir   ·  January 5, 2011 12:14 PM

The meme that everyone not a marxist is homophobic has me in a complete puzzle.

Okay, I accept the thing you (or another friend) said about not understanding why he should be a socialist because he wants to sleep with guys makes perfect sense.

But this goes beyond that. Why should I hate gays because I prefer a free market approach to the economy?

Yeah, yeah, I know, the whole marxist meme that capitalism is our way of codifying prejudice and keeping "the other" down, but sweet baby Cthulho, I thought we'd established that to be able to believe in marxism one had to have the historical and economic understanding of a beetle. (Sorry to insult beetles.) This impairment might be brought on by a lack of education (particularly in the very young) or by emotional need (I still think most intelligent supporters of a totalitarian regime are supporters because it fulfils an emotional need of theirs) but it's not LOGICAL. So ... how did it become the accepted meme?

For the record, I'm not homophobic, I'm not racist, I'm only a little bit mysogenistic, and only when the sisterhood tries to force me to fall in line and YET I believe the free market and capitalism bring the greatest prosperity to the greatest number of people. If this makes me an hypocrite, so be it. I'll suffer the slings and arrows.

PS - I'll admit to being Marxistophobic. It's not my fault. I was bitten by a marxist while I was quite young, and Freud knows, I never got over it.

Sarah   ·  January 5, 2011 6:55 PM

Good article about life in the Navy and the video in question:

I have actually lived aboard ship. About a half mile from the Enterprise during most of our time at sea.

I have engaged in the sort of banter condemned by the press. I have news for them - it don't mean nutin.

Here is how you calibrate the language and attitudes of a crew.

1. If the f*** word or similar is every third word or so the crew is fine.
2. Every second word - trouble
3. Two words out of three - the SH** has hit the fan.

M. Simon   ·  January 6, 2011 5:17 PM

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