Flame Warrior Profile: Big Tent DemocratFebruary 17, 2008
Every once and awhile, I stumble upon a netizen that really makes me scratch my head and wonder. Such a thing occurred when I came across the recent postings of former Kossack and current TalkLeft inhabitant Big Tent Democrat. There’s just something about someone who is supposedly male passionately championing the cause of feminism, I guess, and it’s evidenced by a recent burst of blog entries:
5. These Kinds Of Sexist Remarks Are Not What I Am Looking For (Elections 2008, All Topics)
posted by Big Tent Democrat on 02/16/2008 09:30:52 AM EST
I suppose the open thread was thrown in there so that everyone over at TL could catch their breath, because you might have noticed that all those posts were published in a span of 12 hours. What’s even more peculiar is the extreme hypersensitivity displayed with regard to the issue, as the “sexist” remarks being scorned in #5 amounted to this:
I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal.
– Barack Obama, February 15, 2008
Can you see the rampant sexism? Well, just in case you don’t, I gave you a hint. Obama was clearly making a veiled reference to the woman’s menstruation cycle, right? Well, Big Tent thought so, delivering an emphatic cyber finger wag (emphasis mine):
In a campaign marked by news coverage unrelenting in its sexism and misogyny, especially from NBC, the last thing we can afford is sexism from the frontrunning candidate. Barack Obama needs to apologize for this remark.
And, naturally, it didn’t take long for Mr. Tent to be deservedly mocked:
Pretending this is a sexist attack is as stupid as pretending that when Clinton called Obama a “kid” means he was calling him a “boy,” which of course means Clinton was actually calling Obama the n-bomb. That was stupid. This assertion is stupid. Not to mention, we know that the Hillary campaign, as a strategy, has decided to go negative and challenge Obama to debates in order to… boost Hillary’s appeal.
(I’d give that the Wonder Palm if I could.)
Anyway, what might be happening here is some sort of phenomenon that has emerged in the form of a Clinton supporter’s irrational response to the Obama tidal wave; a sort of knee-jerk and intellectually dishonest reaction that might be confused with the sentiments of a bona-fide Weenie: