Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ross Douthat: Still an Asshat

I think I may have used a similar title before, but what the hey, asshat and Douthat go together like "holy shit" and "what a fucking moron."

That is to say, Ross, -having failed completely to reinvent the GOP via his book-, has decided to go whole hog back to the regular old GOP in order to make up for lost time. In this lovely gem, he's defending right-wing hypocrisy about the Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy vs. the Bristol Palin pregnancy.

James Dobson didn't call Bristol Palin's pregnancy "a great and wonderful thing."
Then Ross quotes Dobson:

"In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

"Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I've been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I'm sure the Palins have.
and approvingly muses:

Challenges along the way ... trying circumstances ... confess our imperfections ... Sounds like he's saying teen pregnancy is a bad thing,
My god, Ross, you're right, it does sound like he's totally white-washing the Palin thing unquestionably denouncing teen pregnancy!

Magnanimously, Ross does concede that Rush Limbaugh was being hypocritical, and in an update adds Bill O'Reilly and Lisa Schiffren to the list, but he's not convinced. After all "calling Rush a prominent religious conservative is a little bit of a stretch." No, Ross, a stretch is what happens to yours and Rush's pants every morning when you put them on. On the other hand, calling the most popular right-wing voices who incessantly spout on about their Christianity, "prominent religious conservative[s]" fits like a FUCKING GLOVE.

He also notes that some guy named Bill Maier said positive things about Jamie Lynn, which convinced me cause whenever someone says "prominient religious right winger" I'm all like "Oh, are they talking about Bill Maier AGAIN?!?!" Another notable supporter of Ms. Spears is the omnipresent Jonathon Last, who has millions of viewers/listeners just like Rush and O'Reilly, apparently.

And, point proven, Ross the Boss blithely ends his post with:
So, to recap: Teen pregnancy, bad; carrying the child to term, good; Spears-Palin hypocrisy, not so much.
Which leads me to my well reasoned and though provoking rejoinder of a recap.

Ross Douth is a fucking asshat. Holy shit, what a fucking moron.


Anonymous said...

Ross's book is NOT a failure. Right now it's #15,211 in books on Amazon.

Plus he swam naked with William F. Buckley and it was smashing.

Susan of Texas said...

So *that's* what happned to him. A midnight swim, Buckley's dulcet tones and palyful splashing, and the next thing you know Douthat is begging God's forgiveness and swearing he'll never sin again.