Jane Hamsher herself comments:
Nevermind that Althouse never did that. As for me, I was wondering why some women are shrilly denouncing Althouse instead of commenting on the sellout of feminism over Bill Clinton.Agreed. I just am sighing over the fact that the idiots crawl out from under rocks everytime something good happens. Ann Althouse all but called Jessica Feministing a whore. For meeting Bill Clinton.No shit. Why is it the (sic) women are taking crap for this — from other women?
The commenter Hamsher quoted chimes back in:
...Althouse should learn to age with dignity.What a very un-feminist thing to write.
I was really suprised at how pissed I got at the two blogger slams today. Mostly at Althouse for picking on Jessica. At my age I consider Jessica just a kid and I think it is very brave of her to carry a feminist torch. And then to have that old Phyllis Schafly wannabe go after her for her boobs, of all things, really bugged me.Except that Ann didn't go after Jessica's boobs, but hey, what can you do? Reading comprehension is down, isn't it? That's why they keep lowering the standards on standardized tests. Also, I don't know that calling Jessica a "kid" and Ann a "bitch" is particularly empowering.
...Damn that Althouse is a bitch.
And in response to that comment, the first Althouse-related commenter chimes in yet again:
Emphasis mine. Shhhhhh... They're all Rove plants!
Both of them bothered me. I guess, because it’s late, I’m having thoughts like, “How much of that repug war chest is being spent to sow discord?”
Hamsher comes back in with this:
Althouse is abjectly irrational and incapable of basic reading comprehension.Highly ironic. Hamsher continues:
That her stuff gets posted in the New York Times is emblematic of how the national discourse has been dragged into a ditch and left to die by traditional media.Except that is isn't bullshit. It's true. Hamsher continues:
Althouse will default to her standard line of bullshit — claiming that her serious points are not being addressed and her opponents have devolved into personal attacks.
It will never graze her consciousness that calling out Jessica like that for her wardrobe choices is petty, bitchy and degrading.Heh. Good luck winning over voters then.
Sorry, we do not “let these things slide.” We fight and kick and scream, even if the cost is giving unwarrented (sic) attention to the extreme narcissists amongst us.
Welcome to the New Democratic Party.
I'm not sure what this commenter was going for:
I do hope we can somehow “get” Althouse. I never did like Phyllis Schafly and I certainly don’t like her sockpuppet.Emphasis mine. It's a commenter who wrote about Althouse in one of the earlier comments quoted above but in this comment has his/her writing wrapped in a blockquote. I don't know if that has some kind of significance or if it is a typo. Regardless, another commenter agrees:
Liza is not worth the ink.A "problematic persona?" What does that mean? This woman, she is becoming a problem for us. Keep an eye on her.
The anti-woman Althouse is another matter and a real problematic persona.
UPDATE: I meant to include these links the first time around. More background on these people's anger at Ann can be found at Dr. Helen's place, here and here.
UPDATE 2: Discussion of the "language of totalitarianism" in the comments.
UPDATE 3: TS at Seixon finds it a bit hypocritical that Hamsher would fault others for commenting on a woman's wardrobe.