Kathleen Parker: Palin kind of asked for those nasty Letterman jokes, didn't she?

Via Gateway Pundit, an uncannily similar reprise of Bonnie Erbe’s shot at Michelle, with Parker in the Erbe role and Palin standing in for MM. Yes indeed, says Parker, Letterman’s “slutty flight attendant” joke was over the line. But that’s what Palin gets for winking at Rich Lowry during her VP debate with Biden or something:

[Question]: Listen, Letterman is a comedian. Comedians that don’t go over the line are not funny. If you said she looks slutty, that’s over the line. If I say it, it’s over the line. Why wouldn’t Letterman say it – have you been on a plane?

Kathleen Parker: I don’t have a problem with raunchy humor, but time and place are everything. In a nightclub, fine. But Letterman is sort of an American institution. It just seems to me that when a woman is running for public office, we should avoid sexualizing her.

Okay, I censored myself before so I’ll say it now. I also think it’s out of line for a woman to sexualize her candidacy, which Palin did. Just ask Rich Lowry, who wrote that he had to sit up a little straighter when she winked during the vp debate. So, maybe when you play the flirt and invite males to see starbursts bouncing off the walls (Lowry again), then maybe you invite the sexual punchline. I’m wobbling here.

Yes, surely Palin winking at a debate eight months ago is what Letterman was aiming at with the “slut” joke, not the combination of her being young, beautiful, and an ignorant low-class hick as caricatured by the intelligentsia. She asked for it. Go collect your feminist merit badge, Kathleen.

To cleanse the palate of Parker’s bile, I’ll give you a choice of sorbets: Claire McCaskill defending Palin on Twitter; Jim Treacher taking off the gloves against Letterman in the Greenroom; or the boss on Fox & Friends this morning fitting this incident neatly into the liberal-sexism oeuvre.