Andrew Sullivan Should Be Deported
Sully’s Clinton-hatred has reached its expected nadir: he now scoffs at those who would urge caution in violently harming the junior senator from New York. His most recent Moore Award nominee is Shakesville’s Melissa McEwan, who posted this seemingly unobjectionable tract:
Again here last night in comments, wherein a commenter said (with regard to the “when he hears the senator’s voice, he’s overcome by an urge to punch her in the face” quote highlighted in my Feminism and Humanism piece): “I want to punch Clinton the person, not Clinton the woman.”
These are not separable identities.
I see this notion everywhere—that some violent urge toward Hillary Clinton isn’t aimed at “Clinton the woman,” but at some other magical version of her where her sex and gender have been erased, presumably along with the entire cultural context of womanhood. The semantic contortions invoked to extricate “Hillary Clinton the person” from “Hillary Clinton the woman” are an attempt to do an end-run around that context, to create a space outside of reality, where Hillary Clinton exists in some sexless, genderless limbo and people can talk about wanting to injure that non-woman without all the icky negative images injuring actual women conjures for most decent people.
The worst part about this argument is that it denies Hillary Clinton her womanhood to justify violence against her.
If you need a refresher on Andrew’s pithy award system, the Moore Award “is for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric.” How exactly McEwan’s post fits this description is puzzling, to say the least. One simply can’t construct metaphysical distinctions out of thin air in order to justify violence. This isn’t a particularly left-wing idea, nor is it in any way divisive, bitter, or intemperate. McEwan found a poorly constructed argument for violence and tore it apart; how is this in any way the rantings of a loony leftist?
The only explanation I see for such a designation is that Andrew Sullivan has lost his mind. His visceral contempt for Hillary Clinton has fully ravaged any semblance of rationality in this man, leaving only a hateful misogynistic wreck. To think that not punching Clinton is an idea only a radical leftist could get behind is only the latest example of the witless depravity that is The Atlantic’s blogger-in-chief.
UPDATE: Keeping in the spirit of Blog Fodder for John Day, Sully’s next award nomination praises the honesty of Michael Savage.
UPDATE part deux: Welcome Shakesville readers!