writes an interesting column today considering the vitriol on the left for Liz Cheney and her project, Keep America Safe
. With a notable twist of an irony coated blade, Emery advises the purveyors of hate on the left to "get over" their fear of strong women--particularly when the objects of their fear are attractive, young, center-right mothers of more children than the priests on the left believe it to be rational to birth in these ecologically-challenged times. But Emery also argues that for all her similarities to Sarah Palin, Cheney is capable of drawing out a special and a harder sort of hatred from the left than Palin ever could. Why? Precisely because Cheney, while sharing most of Sarah Palin's substantive ideas and an equal share of ambition, is not vulnerable on the superficial grounds where lefties drew blood from Palin. "Saturday Night Live
would have a hard time getting her number," Emery says. Further, "Moms from McLean could be her constituents." And therein, lies the root of the problem for lefties.
Their friends and neighbors--if they aren't already committed lefties--would be hard-pressed to discover something vicious or dangerous in Liz Cheney; in part because they could not even begin with an assumption that there is anything particularly weird or different about her. She is the citified answer to the Western/Midwestern voter's love affair with Sarah Palin. You cannot attribute Cheney's politics to the culture of moose-hunting or dog-sledding. She shows that it is possible to arrive at these views via routes more familiar to the typical urban/suburban voter.
As to the question of possible misogyny . . . I wouldn't lose any sleep about it if I were Liz Cheney (or Sarah Palin, for that matter). No doubt there is a certain element of it here (just as there undoubtedly is with Mrs. Clinton coming from our side) but it only serves to show the amusing and uncomfortable way that the shoe fits when on the other foot. I would suggest that this episode demonstrates--beyond question--that if there is an instinct to be inclined to dislike strong and powerful women, it is very much a part of the human
condition and not anything particular to the left or to the right in politics. And, I'd also add, that it is nothing that need be addressed by those who imagine they can even the great scales of sexual justice in the sky. Tough broads in politics (like Cheney, Palin, and Clinton--to say nothing of Thatcher and her generation) have always demonstrated that they can handle the slings and arrows of political fortune and misfortune without the intervention of the gender crusaders. As for their more timid sisters . . . well, this is no more the game for them than it is for the men who most fear these tough women.