The obligatory “Everyone getting pretty tired of Kathleen Parker’s shtick” post

posted at 4:15 pm on November 19, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Everyone” in this case being Jonah Goldberg and the amens that greeted these two shots fired from the Corner at her latest. Count me in, albeit reluctantly: If you think her martyr complex is irritating now, wait until she starts citing those posts as evidence that she’s been excommunicated, oogedy-boogedy-like, from the church of conservative opinion. I suspect the reply column — doubtless to be entitled, “Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other” — is being written as we speak. Goldberg:

Please stop bragging about how courageous you are for weathering a storm of nasty email you invite on yourself by dancing to a liberal tune. You aren’t special for getting nasty email, from the right or the left. You aren’t a martyr smoking your last cigarette. You’re just another columnist, talented and charming to be sure, but just another columnist. You are not Joan of the Op-Ed Page.

The bragging in today’s piece wasn’t the worst part; it’s limited to one jokey line about risking the firing squad for criticizing Christians, an amazing show of restraint given how she’s devoted entire op-eds to her hate mail recently. In fact, I wonder if blog readers familiar with the phenomenon of disgruntled conservatives building shrines to their own magnificent bravery aren’t visiting the sins of others on her by overestimating how self-righteous she’s actually been. Patterico put it well:

On the Internet, when you say things that people disagree with, people are sometimes nasty. It’s a fact of life. Usually, it’s the “other side” that gets nasty, but if you say things that your own side intensely disagrees with, your own side can get nasty too.

When that happens, some people flip out. And the way a lot of them react is to sprain their shoulder patting themselves on the back for their own Incredible Courage. Andrew Sullivan is the quintessential example of this sort of blogger…

While it’s very seductive to have people call you brave, and I don’t mean to be rude to people who are trying to compliment me, I utterly reject any such notion as ridiculous. If you’re going to regularly spout opinions, you have to be ready to have people disagree, from whatever side. That just comes with the territory.

The worst is when these self-described paragons of integrity abandon all their principles out of pique, and run to the other side. I do not respect Sullivan because I think he has no core principles. To me, he seems to crave adulation, and when he didn’t get it from the right, he ran to the left and positioned himself as a supposedly “courageous” conservative — a Fearless Man unafraid to Speak the Truth.

Parker hasn’t gone running to the left or abandoned all her principles, but there is a sense that we’re in the early scenes here of a movie we’ve seen before. And “Fearless Woman Unafraid to Speak the Truth” is shaping up to be just as insufferably strident and predictable as the earlier flicks. Even so, like Ace says, the worst part isn’t the bragging but the smug cutesiness of it all. Arch, patronizing, preoccupied with Palin as a foil, overly fond of gimmicky language like “oogedy-boogedy” and “‘pubbies”: I’ve seen this movie before too, and one Dowd, really, is enough. Exit question: Is that an unfair comparison — to Dowd, I mean? After all, she’s never written a column seriously asserting that McCain picked Palin partly because he thought she was hot.

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Puritan1648 on November 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

LOL! That was good.

Seriously, though, Benny —

if you want to see cannibalism, check out what your fellow nutroots had to say about Lieberman staying. The word from all your parents’ basements this afternoon is really not well mannered at all.

gippergal1984 on November 19, 2008 at 5:47 PM

RightOFLeft on November 19, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Yes, when this happens bailout neocons have destroyed the republican party.
I still don’t think you even realize that yet.

You don’t have a chance of winning another election ever.

Quit your anti-Christian bigotry and get out of the way while the real patriots such as Huck and the HuckPac republicans take back this country from the socialists.

SaintOlaf on November 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Cindy Munford on November 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Goldberg is such an obnoxious, priggish tool. “Liberal fascism” Meh. “There are low brows and beasts everywhere, on every side of the ideological spectrum.” Beasts? Who called who a ‘beast’? When Jonah says ‘low brow’ he means someone who doesn’t know opera, or wine, or titter at the drawing-room, Dorothy Parker putdowns he and his ever-so chumly chums bray over.

Grow Fins on November 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM

I think Malkin has the right idea — “don’t feed the troll”.

Parker should simply be dropped as an object of anyone’s attention. Her gratuitous insults of Palin and the oogedy-boogedy “Christians” ought to result in being ignored as a source of serious commentary. Let’s not make another Andy Sully out of her, where the conservative blogs feel the need to point out every idiocy they utter.

Just ignore her pathetic and infantile pleas for attention and if the National Review can’t take a hint…

DaMav on November 19, 2008 at 5:53 PM

I’m not really familiar with Parker’s conservative bona fides anyway.

As far as I’m aware she’s err, socially liberal. The first sign of squishiness is social liberalism, although McCain seems to have avoided it vis-a-vis life and marriage. His canards are CFR and Gorebal Whining.

But generally speaking if you invoke the (oogedy-)booge(d)yman of the religious right, conservative you ain’t.

BKennedy on November 19, 2008 at 6:02 PM

I think Ann Coulter put it best when asked about Kathleen Parker: “Who?”

John the Libertarian on November 19, 2008 at 6:09 PM

She says:

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

Whenever someone refers to oneself as being a member of the “intelligentsia” (either directly or obliquely) it’s probably safe to say that that person is an insufferable jackass.

As for comparing her to Dowd, does she speak in an unbearably annoying, monotonous voice?

Buy Danish on November 19, 2008 at 6:19 PM

I’ve sworn that I won’t give Ms. Parker the encouragement of clicking on any of her work. Her tack here is all too cliched and familiar. This whirlwind of self-promotion will not buy her what she so obviously wants. Jonah pegs her with scientific precision,

You’re just another columnist…

Just another columnist among thousands. Had she not decided to go off the reservation to the accompanying sounds of firecrackers and breaking liquor bottles, I would not know that Kathleen Parker existed.
We must not encourage her and we must all recognize that their is but one KP, the lovely Kirsten Powers.

thegreatbeast on November 19, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Don’t be fooled by this ploy. Parker knows exactly what she’s doing. The Cool Kids will lick her all over now, invite her to this symposium and that guest lectureship; she’ll be the MSM’s new media darling, fat book contracts and all. Ugh.

convert on November 19, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Buy Danish on November 19, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Ok, hateful alert. Ms. Dowd is usually the subject of jokes dealing with the lack of male companionship and of batteries. Mrs. Parker is married and made the unfortunate mistake of mentioning her husband’s attraction to Gov. Palin and his age of 75 years. I don’t even want to think of the remarks coming their way if Mrs. Parker doesn’t move on to a new subject.

Cindy Munford on November 19, 2008 at 6:42 PM

I think Ann Coulter put it best when asked about Kathleen Parker: “Who?”

John the Libertarian on November 19, 2008 at 6:09 PM

When did Ann say that? She’s awesome. Do you have a link to the video? I’d love to see it.

ramrocks on November 19, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I have read quite a few Kathleen Parker articles over the years, and she always struck me as only a moderate conservative, eager to give liberals the benefit of the doubt on certain issues.

Lately, she seems to have elevated herself to a snooty “intellectual conservative”, as if only highly educated smarter-than-thou people who have the name of the ambassador from Lower Slobbovia on the tip of their tongue have the right to run for office as a Republican, so she started bashing Sarah Palin, who is not an intellectual conservative, but a common-sense conservative.

Earth to Kathleen Parker: Less than 50% of the electorate are highly educated intellectuals, and a lot of them voted for Obama, because he was “eloquent” and the New York Times thought he was so brilliant, and these high-falutin’ intellectuals never bothered to check what Obama had ever done in his life (not much) because they don’t read blogs or watch Fox News.

To win elections, we need to win the votes of some non-intellectuals, because they are more than 50% of the electorate. We need someone who can explain complex ideas to them in simple terms they can relate to. Ronald Reagan was not an intellectual giant, but he was great at explaining things in simple, concise terms, while keeping his facts straight. George W. Bush and John McCain were not. As for Sarah Palin, maybe she was too young and inexperienced to run for Vice President in a tough year. But she’s street-smart, she connects with people, and a quick study–give her four years and she’ll be a formidable candidate.

As for Kathleen Parker, maybe she needs to climb down from her ivory tower and high horse and listen to some voters. Since a lot of them didn’t even know that Democrats controlled Congress for the last two years, maybe Parker can start educating them instead of Sarah Palin. Better yet, she should try running for Governor somewhere and see how far she gets. Sarah Palin has already done that, and ousted an incumbent.

Steve Z on November 19, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Allahpundit’s Obligatory Obligatory Post.

Why is it obligatory? Who held a gun to your head? It’s already been posted and commented on in headlines. Or, is it just meant to be condescending to the commenters?

Blake on November 19, 2008 at 4:31 PM

I admire the fierce courage Allah demonstrated–brazenly insulting his commenters all to remain steadfast to his core principles–heroic indeed.

JaHerer22 on November 19, 2008 at 7:21 PM

I thought she was just another left wing elitest….

DL13 on November 19, 2008 at 7:24 PM

The Voyage of the SS Sarah Palin Loveboat

Episode 1
LOWRY: Gotta love that Sarah Palin. She is so hawt. The electorate rrreally loves her, they just don’t know it yet. Excuse me while I go get a tissue.

K-LO: Yes, she should totally be Times man of the year, instead of that Obama guy. These moose sweetbreads in beluga glaze are delicious. What a thrifty shopper that Sarah is!

PONNURU: Should we really be on a luxury cruise while americans are loosing their homes and jobs? What do you think, Mark?

STEYN: Goats! Ayrab Goats! Kenyan Goats! Goatsgoatsgoats!!

GOLDBERG: It’s weird, on the cruise I defended Allan Colmes dozens of times. Lots of people don’t understand that he’s their (sic) to play a part, to annoy conservative viewers and make Sean look good. He’s great at it. I know that’s his schtick. And yet, everytime I go on that show, he pisses me off — and it shows. I wish I could just guffaw at him or roll my eyes the way lots of folks do. Can’t do it…..and….Star Trek!!!

to be coninued…..

matoko_chan on November 19, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Kathleen who?

My guess is she is jumping on the Bash Sarah-cuda bandwagon in an attempt to be noticed.

Honestly, people like that have no place, nor any influence on my life.

DannoJyd on November 19, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Yo, Kathleen! Green is an ugly color on you.

SouthernGent on November 19, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Tune in NEXT WEEK when Kathleen Parker is forced to walk the plank!

K-LO: Well…we might as well keel-haul her too…otherwise she is just going to jump ship at the next port of call like that bastard Cristo and David Frum.

matoko_chan on November 19, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Kathleen Parker is one of these persons who only matters to people who don’t really matter.

So, yes, it doesn’t matter one wit to me what she says or thinks. But, her stuff is amusing and entertaining. And by amusing and entertaining I mean her stuff makes me chuckle when I read it.

TheMightyQuinn on November 19, 2008 at 8:14 PM

The difference between Michelle and Kathleen is that Michelle isn’t setting herself up as some sort of martyr. That, and we agreed with her when it came to McCain — that we really couldn’t trust him much — and yet we voted for him anyway. Why? Because he was better than Obama. For that matter, a rock on the side of the road was better than Obama.

Michelle Malkin is intellectually honest with her readers, and that’s another huge difference between she and Parker.

Red State State of Mind on November 19, 2008 at 8:17 PM

“Maureen Dowd has inspired a flock of female wannabes. Whatever might be said about Dowd, the woman knows how to write a cogent piece. Would that her imitators at least aspire to her level.” –Bill Donohue on Kathleen Parker


Dee2008 on November 19, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Parker is looking to get a job at a better paying media outlet.

davod on November 19, 2008 at 8:51 PM

It is not brave to sit at your computer and type nasty things about people.

When Andrew Sullivan asks Todd Palin those scumbag questions about Sarah’s pregnancy while in Todd’s presence, then he’ll have done something somewhat above the ordinary when it comes to personal courageousness. The moment, however, would likely be short lived as the a$$kicking that would ensue would no-doubt put a damper on Sullivan’s self-congratulatory moment.

As would be the case with pretty much all Andrew’s targets, by the way. Short fat guys aren’t much of a challenge. Hence the term “Napolean complex”.

Which is why Andrew stays away from crowds…..he’d be called on his cattyness & he knows it. Better to stay safe and claim bravery.

There is a difference between “a man” and “a male”.

rjwest21 on November 19, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Conservative cannibalism of the day! *eats popcorn*

[Note to self: gonna need more popcorn]

So glad you’re enjoying your popcorn, Benny. Be sure to send some to your grandma; she’ll be glad to have something tasty to wash down the dogfood she’ll be living on once the King of Kings finishes destroying the economy.

Wanda on November 19, 2008 at 9:20 PM

There is a difference between “a man” and “a male”.

rjwest21 on November 19, 2008 at 8:58 PM

What’s that got to do with Sully? Neither applies, if you catch my drift.

platypus on November 19, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I admire the fierce courage Allah demonstrated–brazenly insulting his commenters all to remain steadfast to his core principles–heroic indeed.

JaHerer22 on November 19, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Ms. Parker isn’t the only one who is doing an inordinate amount of whining.

baldilocks on November 19, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Conservative cannibalism of the day! *eats popcorn*

[Note to self: gonna need more popcorn]

benny shakar on November 19, 2008 at 5:23 PM

This is just a snack. The feast will come after January 20, if Obama fails to meet the Che Guevara standard, or even if he does.

ddrintn on November 19, 2008 at 9:35 PM

A litte History on Kathleen Parker I found interesting:

1. Her mother died when she was a young child. She was raised by FOUR STEPMOTHERS. (She couldn’t understand Sarah Palin if she tried- infact, she might hate Palin because she secretly wanted a mother as caring).

2. She Mastered at the University of San Francisco in Spanish. (Wow, such an intelectual. Maybe it will help in her Open border policy)


portlandon on November 19, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Count me in, albeit reluctantly: If you think her martyr complex is irritating now, wait until she starts citing those posts as evidence that she’s been excommunicated, oogedy-boogedy-like, from the church of conservative opinion.


Hey, AP, when – precisely – did anyone, anywhere begin to regard this WaPo nitwit as a member of the “church of conservative opinion”?

She’s a putz.

Jaibones on November 19, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Why can’t columnists be more constructive in their criticism of the GOP instead of indulging in the politics of personal destruction or demeaning people of faith. Perhaps they have an agenda on their own. The facts only get in the way.

technopeasant on November 20, 2008 at 1:58 AM

I used to read Kathleen Parker’s artcles and even enjoyed them.

Now, I use her article to line my catbox. Meeyaow and unread.

Kini on November 20, 2008 at 2:19 AM

Probably too late to post anything to this thread considering how far it’s dropped down on the site, but I just have to say that I’ll NEVER tire of seeing that picture of Sarah droppin’ the wink. Never.

jaleach on November 20, 2008 at 2:37 AM

I don’t care.

I realize all this stuff is part and parcel of having a losing election cycle, but, when can we get on with the real work of re-building the party and winning at least a modicum of power back? God knows, the country is going be needing us. Real soon, too, I think.

trigon on November 20, 2008 at 4:40 AM

When a party gets clobbered 2 election cycles in a row, isn’t this expected? Isn’t it time then to blow it up and start from scratch? The bible thumpers, racists and homophobes will always vote GOP, just as blacks, atheists and academics will always vote Democratic. If the GOP doesn’t grab the hispanics and young people, it is doomed.

Noneya on November 20, 2008 at 5:47 AM

HA and folks like Allah continue to miss the point, so do most of the posts here… KP, MD, DF, heck all of em… THROW THEM ALL OUT, STOP READING / CLICKING THEM / CUT THEM OFF / DO NOT TALK ABOUT THEM / DO NOT GIVE THEM THE TIME OF DAY… The TRAITORS are only powerfull if WE allow them to be, we are thier readers, NOT the far left. So, if we stop supporting them, if we ignore them, if we STOP FEEDING THE TROLLS then we regain the upper hand. We marginalize or eleminate them as a “voice”… Strong REAL Conservatives need to PURGE our house, throw the bums out, period. Any mention of all these “so called” Conservative / Republican voices needs to be expunged. Stop giving them ANY mention, ignore them… Let them, as with all traitors, live with the garbage they spew. HA and other bolgs only allow these morons to continue to aggrivate us, to assist in Conservative “watering down”! I say NO MORE mention, NO MORE comments about ANY OF THE TRAITORS! I might even be done with HA if we continue to “eat our own” and allow fools like the “so called” Republican pundits / columnists to tear us down further… I’M SICK OF THIS POOP !!!

Throw the fools, the traitors, the bums OUT! and forget them.

Mark Garnett on November 20, 2008 at 7:28 AM

O Compassionate, Most-Merciful, see how the Economist weighs in on my seagoing theme of the GOP as the doom-sodden Titanic bearing down on the glacial iceberg of cultural and demographic evolution.

Ship of Fools
la trahison des clercs indeed.

matoko_chan on November 20, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Boycott the bluenose bimbo.

argos on November 20, 2008 at 8:41 AM

O Abaser, O Destroyer….. OTOH there is yet Hope.

matoko_chan on November 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Maybe her girdle’s too tight


LOL, whitetop, you are dating yourself with that remark.

Jvette on November 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Kathleen Parker is one of these persons who only matters to people who don’t really matter.


John The Baptist on November 20, 2008 at 12:07 PM

As someone wrote the other day
“If you think that McCain lost because he was too conservative, then you better start reexamining your conservatism.”

Hilts on November 20, 2008 at 1:20 PM