I posted recently about the art of crafting political invective, in finding just the right term to throw at a political adversary to sink them in the public estimation, and how it’s an art that’s largely gone down hill in recent decades.
But still sometimes someone gets it right. I’m talking about the recent coinage of the nickname Stalkin’ Malkin (in response to Michelle Malkin interviewing the neighbours and colleagues of a middle-class family that needed federal medical aid, and doing so in a particularly creepy fashion). Unlike some previous invective flung her way, it is neither sexist nor racist, it merely holds her own demented partisan bile-spewing up to the microscope, and it is easy to remember. Beautiful. (ADDIT: I hadn’t even realised that she got fired from Fox News. Why? Did she start visibly frothing at the mouth on air?)
That’s why I also like the nicknames Coultergheist or Ghoulter for Ann Coulter. They focus on what is objectionable about her behaviour, not on what she looks like. Please please please can she get fired from all her wingnut welfare sinecures as well? Although at least Coulter knows that she’s bile-o-tainment, Malkin actually seems to believe that she is saving the world from [cue FX:scary organ chords] Socialised Medicine [cue FX: da da da DAH].
Sexism is also the great difference between the Republic disdain for Shrillary compared to the progressive disdain for Shillary. One focuses our attention on her being a woman by using a term associated with a negative feminine stereotype, the other refers to actual behaviour.
Not entirely sure where I’m going with this, but most people outside the blogosphere in Oz have never even heard of Malkin or Coulter, and every now and then I have to share my thoughts on this stuff with some pixels. For the healthcare issue, refer to the previous post. For genderised insult discussion, feel free to add your thoughts here.