Sunday, September 07, 2008

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

To this day I see wingnuts slamming John Edwards for talking about poverty when he lives in mansion. I remember back when they were sending out the stimulus checks this summer, the one day outrage over a misconstrued remark by Michelle Obama, who noted it wouldn't do much to jump start to the economy because nobody was going to out and spend the $600 on a pair of earrings.

The crazy Michelle -- Malkin -- nearly died of a apoplectic fit demanding to know who buys $600 earrings. Nobody Malkin knows would even realize that $600 earrings existed, thus proving beyond a doubt that the Obamas were too elite to be her president.

I'm assuming the malicious Ms. Malkin saw this Vanity Fair piece estimating the cost of the outfits Cindy McCain and Laura Bush wore to the convention. Cindy's outfit cost between $299,100 and $313,100. Ironically the bulk of that cost rests on Cindy's diamond earrings. To my knowledge, Malkin's fainting couch remained unused by this news. Maybe she thought Cindy's spendy ways were mitigated by Laura's modest expenditure of between $3,425 and $4,325 on her glad rags?

Meanwhile, Vanity Fair follows up their piece with a little comparison shopping. All of which proves to me that this guy was right. Wingnuts aren't stupid exactly, they just have a cortical malfunction.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Perhaps that's true - if cortical malfunction means evil.

They don't believe anything they say, they're just trying to play both sides against each other. They feel working class pain when it suits them and they freak out for the benefit of the Waltons when minimum wage is mentioned.

Think Malicious Malkin lives in a trailer?

But who can blame them? It's smug American ignorance that keeps them at it.

4:07:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'd bet Malkin has paid more than 600 bucks for a pair of earrings too. Malkin does the outrage for the money, but it's the ordinary Jake that buys the crapola they dish out that astounds me.

I don't think the deluded are evil, so I find the brain dysfunction a comforting explanation. But also a discouraging one, since it means it can't be cured.

9:12:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

This NYT blog by Judith Warner:

One of the worst poisons of the American political climate right now, the thing that time and again in recent years has led us to disaster, is the need people feel for leaders they can “relate” to. This need isn’t limited to women; it brought us after all, two terms of George W. Bush. And it isn’t new; Americans have always needed to feel that their leaders were, on some level, people like them …

There’s a fine line between likeability and demagoguery. Both thrive upon manipulation and least-common-denominator politics. These days, I fear, this need for direct mirroring — and thus this susceptibility to all sorts of low-level tripe — is particularly acute among women, who are perhaps reaching historic lows in their comfort levels with themselves and their choices.

Bottom line: We stand to loose a lot more than an election if we don’t get our act together.

8:55:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Absolutely true SC.

9:06:00 AM  

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