Last night Tucker Carlson tweeted, “Palin’s popularity falling in Iowa, but maintains lead to become supreme commander of Milfistan.” Meh, a little tacky for the editor-in-chief of a major political website and seasoned political analyst to say. From what I can gather that’s the reaction he got, and so he deleted the tweet and replaced it with, “Apparently Charlie Sheen got control of my Twitter account last night while I was at dinner. Apologies for his behavior.” And then it was over. Just kidding. This is twitter, there are screen caps.
I found out about it by stumbling across a really, really long blog someone wrote about it. There was nothing really wrong about what the person said other than the fact they wrote hundreds of words about a deleted tweet that didn’t call for someone’s death or minimize their rape. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal. When will I learn?
He deleted the tweet and apologized, so that should’ve been the end of it, I thought. Michelle Malkin doesn’t consider his Charlie Sheen joke an apology. She has a point. I can also appreciate how she would take greater offense to this than I would. She’s been on the receiving end of unbelievably vile rhetoric, and I’ve often wondered if I could handle it. Perhaps he should issue a serious apology. I won’t be surprised if one is made by the end of the day. I hope he knows making it from his website won’t count. If it’s not on twitter it didn’t happen.
(Honestly, I had more of a problem with his Michael Vick comment, but I also understood that he wasn’t really wishing for Vick’s death.)
And so this has become an official thing. You know how I knew it was a thing? When Carlson was equated (not compared, equated) with Nir Rosen by a Palin supporter in my mentions column. For me, that’s when it quit being about Tucker Carlson and acronyms. That tweeter (and there’s more where he or she came from), which I won’t link to, encompasses everything I’ve said about Palin supporters for the last year. I understand where their hyper-sensitive, knee-jerk defense of her comes from. She’s been treated despicably since she entered the stage in August ’08, but it is my opinion that her staunchest supporters have become the perfect parallel of the O-bot cultists we so often mock. If they can’t handle a deleted, midnight tweet from someone on the right, then they are in no shape to defend what she’ll face in a presidential primary. In short, find your big kid pants or get out of the way.
I also suspect that most people outraged over this have never decried equivalent jokes about Michelle Obama’s boob-belt or Hillary Clinton’s pear-shaped pantsuits. I’ll stop short of using the H word.
As a conservative-ish woman, I find this personally embarrassing. We’re now expecting “our men” to treat us with the same kid gloves the miserable wenches on the left do. Well, I don’t need it. As a matter of fact, Tom McCammon, a dude, speaks for me perfectly on the double standard Palinistas are promoting. I’ll let him take it from here. The bottom line is that if the country is in the state of emergency we all claim it is then we need to grow a thicker skin about things like this.
2012 is approaching fast, and we are not ready.
UPDATE: Carlson just tweeted, “I’m sorry for last night’s tweet. I meant absolutely no offense. Not the first dumb thing I’ve said. Hopefully the last.” Most of us knew that, the rest will mostly stay mad at him no matter what.