Larry King: Hey, maybe Palin should pose for Playboy

posted at 1:40 pm on April 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Hengler, expect little umbrage from the sisterhood over this, partly because it’s a liberal woman taking the shot at America’s most famous “gender traitor” or whatever — with King’s concurrence — and partly because it is, after all, a joke (although that fact didn’t save Imus and Chris Wallace). The question, as usual, is whether it’s always wrong to note a politician’s physical appeal or whether it’s only wrong when, as here and in Newsweek’s notorious Palin cover, it’s clearly being done to demean the subject. “Jennifer Granholm’s a babe” seems unobjectionable, as babes can also be brilliant and accomplished, but “Babe governor has her state on the fast track to ruin” is obviously more dicey. I will say that I think the occasional boasting on our side about Palin’s beauty really ends up doing her more harm than good, though. It’s well intended, in the same sense as my unobjectionable example about Granholm, but it inadvertently gives cover to the Silvermans of the world to use it in a demeaning way. Cry “sexism!” over this and the retort will be to ask where the sexism cries were when the emcee at the Boston tea-party rally remarked, “You hear that my lefty friends, you see that, conservative women — they’re smarter than you and they’re hotter than you.” Sure, it’s a compliment (twice over), but the gratuitous mention of her physical appeal will be exploited by her enemies to claim that it makes her appearance “fair game” or whatever. Best just to stay away from it.


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The point is that Palin is often discussed at nothing more than a very pretty woman.

Frankly, she’s pretty, but she’s not THAT hot, hot, hot.

And nobody who has nothing but that going for them would even be interested in running a state, being on a board over energy, etc.

It’s plain sexism when that’s suggested that is all she has going for her.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM

You know the worst thing about the Clintons is that Hillary knew how Bill was such a womanizer and she looked the other way… shame on her!

MeatHeadinCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Meh….nothing to see here…move along folks…

Sarah Silverman can be jaw-droppingly crude, so considering what she might have said, the Playboy comment sounded more like a compliment to me.

ornery_independent on April 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Larry King’s lame ratings trick exposed by…Larry King!

ornery_independent on April 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I will say that I think the occasional boasting on our side about Palin’s beauty really ends up doing her more harm than good, though.

I was saying that when this forum was under the previous management, and the object of adulation was … well, the previous management. It sounds like overaged nerds who still live with their parents and could barely TALK to a woman. It also betrays a lack of civility that is generally part of just BEING a conservative.

After all, notions of gentility have been around longer than obsessions over “sexism,” whatever that is.

manwithblackhat on April 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I’d buy it.

uknowmorethanme on April 21, 2010 at 2:52 PM

You want to attack people on this level OK, but I’m sure not interested in that aspect of the “Right agenda.”

Independents tende to be against that crud.

Ditto for me.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Would it be inappropriate to point out that Sarah Silverman has the shoulders of a man?

Blacklake on April 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

It also betrays a lack of civility that is generally part of just BEING a conservative.

manwithblackhat on April 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Well, at least you are living up to the stereotype that conservatives are bitter old hags and mean old farts yelling “Get off my lawn!” and clicking your teeth at the young kids on the corner.

uknowmorethanme on April 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Hey, maybe Larry King should stop banging his sister-in-law.

amerpundit on April 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Zing.
Seriously, his 8th wife cheated on Larry with a Little League coach in his bedroom multiple times because Larry slept with her sister.
Yuck.

nyx on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

What happened with Bill was private, until it was made public for political reasons.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Since when is sexual harassment a private thing?

Esthier on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

What if Larr had said MO instead of Palin.

Christien on April 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I don’t believe the nonsense posted here about Bill Clinton being an abuser.

I’ve never seen any evidence of that beyond dumb rumor crud.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010

Cigar envy.

SKYFOX on April 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Since when is sexual harassment a private thing?

Esthier on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I may be completely off my rocker but was Monica Lewinsky sexually harassed?

nyx on April 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Frankly, she’s pretty, but she’s not THAT hot, hot, hot.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM
————
Ugly women always say things like this to make themselves feel less bad about it.

fossten on April 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I don’t believe the nonsense posted here about Bill Clinton being an abuser.

I’ve never seen any evidence of that beyond dumb rumor crud.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010
————–
Juanita Broaddrick says, “AnninCA YOU, AnninCA!”

fossten on April 21, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I may be completely off my rocker but was Monica Lewinsky sexually harassed?

nyx on April 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

What does Monica Lewinsky have to do with the sexual harassment suit brought against Clinton by Paula Jones? Context.

ButterflyDragon on April 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I’ve heard worse suggestions than this one.

drjohn on April 21, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I don’t believe the nonsense posted here about Bill Clinton being an abuser.

I’ve never seen any evidence of that beyond dumb rumor crud.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010

By your own posts, you like Clinton. ‘Nuff said about you on that detail.

Anyway, I’ll remind of how many women came out to speak of being abused by him. Are they ALL lairs, media pigs looking for attention? Or might there be some substance to multiple allegations against a specific man?

Remember the Clarence Thomas hearings? One woman–just one–came forward to make an allegation and her charges were accepted as Gospel, unequivocal. Just one woman. And the allegations were proven false, yet many still believe she’s a ‘victim’.

More than one woman has made allegations and you dismiss them. Do what you gotta do.

There used to be a series of models by a company called Renwall. They created the Visible Man, Visible Woman, and a model of the human brain.

I suggest you try scaring up an example of the brain. A toy brain will do you better than the atrophied one you were born with.

Liam on April 21, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Sarah Silverman may just be the trashiest POS on earth but, man she is funny.

TheSitRep on April 21, 2010 at 3:25 PM

To useless people saying somethng outrageous to draw attention to themselves. Trolls on television.

kingsjester on April 21, 2010 at 3:26 PM

to=ywo
somethng=something
I will now go and take some medication.

kingsjester on April 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

to=two
sheesh.

kingsjester on April 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I don’t believe the nonsense posted here about Bill Clinton being an abuser.

I’ve never seen any evidence of that beyond dumb rumor crud.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010

If a Republican President had sexually exploited a young female workplace subordinate (in the workplace) then asked her to commit felony perjury, and then himself committed felony perjury, I’m sure you would also give him a pass.

Remember, Bill had his Justice Dept. successfully prosecute a female Federal employee (VA) for lying under oath about sex. Yet when he was accused of the exact same crime, you Clinton lovers said he was above the law. That’s about as hypocritical as it gets.

Perjury is perjury. Doesn’t matter what the subject matter is.

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Having sex with an employee in the White House is private?

faraway on April 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Oh yeah, if it’s Bill Clinton.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2010 at 3:44 PM

The point is that Palin is often discussed at nothing more than a very pretty woman.

Frankly, she’s pretty, but she’s not THAT hot, hot, hot.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Which is why noted Democrat Larry Flynt made an adult film in 2008 called “Who’s Nailin’ Palin”.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/features/article_1436466.php/In_photos_Sarah_Palin_Porn_Spoof

BTW, when your hero Clinton’s impeachment started, Flynt hired private investigators to dig dirt on Republicans allegedly doing the same thing. When Clinton’s Press Secretary was asked if Clinton would tell Flynt to back off, he said “NO”.

It’s interesting to note that Flynt, a pornographer, shares the exact same opinion about Clinton’s troubles as you do. I’m sure you’re proud of that!

According to him, Clinton was impeached for engaging in nothing worse than what many conservative Republicans were doing.

Not exactly. Clinton didn’t hire a prostitute; he took advantage of an immature White House intern. He lied under oath and obstructed justice and was fined $90,000 for doing so. He paid $850,000 in the Paula Jones suit, despite repeatedly denying that as governor he’d sexually harassed the low level state employee.

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Wonder if Larry would ask if Michelle Obama will be posing for Playboy?

(Just think how terrible that foldout would be….argghhh! Probably turn many a Playboy reader off women.)

albill on April 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

a joke. never thought sexism was a joke but oh well.

You know I always wanted my country and media run and staffed by minions of satan.

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Since when is sexual harassment a private thing?

Esthier on April 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I may be completely off my rocker but was Monica Lewinsky sexually harassed?

nyx on April 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM

That depends. From my point of view she willingly engaged in flirting and eventually sex with her married boss with no harassment involved.

In liberal land, he was her boss and had all the power. Therefore, there was no way for it to be consensual. For all we know, she didn’t want to sleep with him but felt that she would lose out on her amazing opportunity if she refused his advances. Given that, she was definitely sexually harassed.

JadeNYU on April 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Wonder if Larry would ask if Michelle Obama…

albill on April 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

I think the magazine would need to go to folio size to do proper justice to the subject matter.

unclesmrgol on April 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Sarah Silverman? Really?
Hmmm.

Stephen M on April 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Larry should ask Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi to pose for Playboy.

cat-scratch on April 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

In liberal land, he was her boss and had all the power. Therefore, there was no way for it to be consensual. For all we know, she didn’t want to sleep with him but felt that she would lose out on her amazing opportunity if she refused his advances. Given that, she was definitely sexually harassed.

JadeNYU on April 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Of course on Planet Earth, this is what happened:

“I’m going to the White House to get my presidential kneepads.” – Lewinsky in 1992

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Who is Sarah Silverman and why should I care what she thinks?

ddrintn on April 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM

The limits of what that woman will do for a buck have only begun to be tentatively defined I think.

happyfeet on April 21, 2010 at 5:16 PM

My grandmother used to watch Larry King every night when he was alive.

Sarah Silverman should pose for Playboy… No, make that Hustler.

Tres Angelas on April 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I have occasionally been guilty of declaring my fellow conservative women better looking than liberal women (b/c it’s true, with the exception maybe of the brainless Megan Fox who is a very pretty girl), and I’ve noted Palin’s beauty among her other virtues, but for the most part I agree with what AP is saying here. It’s fine to state the obvious, but it ought not be any more noteworthy than how conservative she is, how many kids she has, or what color her eyes are. I know no one means any harm by it, but it does tend to rob of her of some legitimacy and contribute to the whole beauty queen/Caribou Barbie narrative when people go on and on about her looks. At least that’s how I see it.

NoLeftTurn on April 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

With your adoration for Bill Clinton the irony in this statement is rich beyond parody.

thomasaur on April 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

That oughta sting, even from a distance.

What happened with Bill was private, until it was made public for political reasons.

AnninCA on April 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Nicely deflected. Credit to the English major.

But, a pig is a pig is a pig, public or private. It continues to amaze me how some people can see no wrong in Bill Clinton, the sleazebag who is still trying to label talk radio — and now, tea parties — as just the first step of becoming Timothy McVeigh. The same people ready to lynch Clarence Thomas because a single woman accused him of sexual harassment will defend Clinton to the death no matter how many women accuse him of the same.

tom on April 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Crypt Keeper and Jimmy Kimmle’s used chew toy salivating over the idea of a Sarah Palin Playboy spread.

Classless
Numbskull
Network

SuperCool on April 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

LARRY KING………..IS A FILTHY LYING OLD WRETCH of a human being and he and David Letterman have much in common…..and it’s YOUNG.

Larry, if you’re looking for another hookup? mmmmm, like wife # 45,425 is it Lare? Why not hookup with that skank that you were interviewing or have you already had that?

These people are just filth.

PappyD61 on April 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Sarah Silverman………if you’re looking for a hookup and Larry’s done with you or Ellen or whoever, why not try that Levi Johnson kid from up north?

Good luck Sare.

PappyD61 on April 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Silverman is a reprobate classless whore.

Inanemergencydial on April 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Larry King: soon to appear on the cover of Wizzened Geezer Softball Tosser magazine.

ya2daup on April 21, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Hey LArry King, why dont you put on a dress and go get a boyfriend?

johnnyU on April 22, 2010 at 4:48 AM

Jeez, somebody put him in a home already.

Ward Cleaver on April 22, 2010 at 10:31 AM

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