Monday, June 12, 2006

Ann Coulter couldn't have said it better himself.

Markos Moulitsas:

The left lacks many telegenic spokespeople, [Kos] says. "It's the difference between the Fox News anchors — you know, blond, put-together — and our people. It's like, 'You know, lady, put on a bra. Would it kill you to put on a bra?'"

Ann Coulter:

"My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call 'women' at the Democratic National Convention."

OK, Coulter was much more vitriolic. But still. Thanks a lot, Kos.

Seriously, I couldn't help but find Kos's comment objectionable. Not just because of the (it seemed to me) patent sexism (no one tells Hugh Hewitt to wear a bra!) but because, Ann Coulter-style, he seems to be addressing a problem that doesn't exist, at least not that I've seen. I certainly don't disagree that it's a good idea to dress professionally if you're going to espouse a cause in a public forum, but, um, has this a been a problem in the past? Who's Kos talking about in particular? Anyone know? Have there been incidents of female spokespeople of "the left" or the "netroots" or whatever appearing as a bunch of dreadlock-pitted droopy-titted no-bra-wearing broads on TV? Or was Kos's comment just inspired by the female Kossacks in Las Vegas at the YearlyKos convention? Was he surrounded by tie-dyed shirt wearing aging hippie chicks who burned their bras back in the '70's? I wasn't there, so I don't know. I will say that I've met a few Democratic women and they have all been pretty presentable, so maybe Kos is just hanging with the wrong crowd or something. But then I saw clips of Jane Hamsher and Christy Hardin Smith speaking at Kos, and they looked pretty telegenic. Maybe Kos was just talking about the hoi polloi attendees, not the big names.

Anyway, Kos: Would it KILL you to put on a tie? And a jacket that fits? And could you, like, grow a few inches and deepen your voice a tad? Is that too much to ask?



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