… or a job. Well, to be fair, “[Isabel] Santa’s attorney, Christopher Markham, said even though Santa’s duties were taken away from her, she is still on the Project Veritas payroll.” As is James O’Keefe! And you thought the watercooler chats around your workplace were strained!
Maureen O’Conner at Gawker phrased it nicely:
Basically, “the right’s Bob Woodward” is the journalistic equivalent of a guy who shows his penis to you on the subway, then stands there chuckling under his breath.
Sure, the jokes practically write themselves, and yet here’s the scary part: O’Keefe’s closest female associate is reported to have told her attorney that she “… didn’t want what could have happened to occur. She thought it may have been a threat to the organization, and didn’t want it to happen to [Boudreau].” Us ladies, always so paranoid about guys when all they want is just to have a little fun, probably!… or so we all sincerely hope. We’re trained from an early age to be skittish about men who stand a little too close, stare a little too long, embarrass themselves trying for ‘romantic’ and landing on ‘stalker’. Spare a tear for all the genuinely Nice Guys who never get the chance to prove themselves (and say a prayer for the women who didn’t trust their own instincts).
Because — and since most of you are probably bicoastal elitists who went to the kind of High Progressive educational institutions where ‘women’s studies’ are not automatically a punchline, you’ve already been exposed to this theory — quite often, rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power. It’s a “weapon” that a person, usually male, resorts to when he believes he has been disrespected, humiliated, made less. And the disrespect is quite often not personal but institutional. The cultural stereotype is the guy who gets yelled at by his boss who goes home and beats his wife, but in this cruel modern world even men with dependent spouses are constrained by changes in law-enforcement policy around the concept of ‘domestic violence’. So some guys who feel they’ve been pushed beyond their limits go postal, while others… spend a lot of time documenting their proposed acquisition of “Viagra and stamina pills” and “fuzzy handcuffs”.
As the first Gawker commentor wondered: “Does he get to expense the sex toys to Fox News or did Andrew Breitbart already have them stocked in their top secret bunker?”
The humor, it is irresistable! And yet, slightly terrifying! Maybe it’s just, as Steven Thrasher reports in the Village Voice, “White America Has Lost Its Mind“. But how, in less than thirty years, have we moved from a young, overprivileged white guy attempting to use a presidential assassination as a tool to seduce the movie star he was stalking, to another young, overprivileged white guy attempting to use a “prank seduction” as a tool of… political assassination?