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Feminist Camille Paglia sort of praises Donald Trump

She writes in Salon:

… Trump’s fearless candor and brash energy feel like a great gust of fresh air, sweeping the tedious clichés and constant guilt-tripping of political correctness out to sea. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose every word and policy statement on the campaign trail are spoon-fed to her by a giant paid staff and army of shadowy advisors, Trump is his own man, with a steely “damn the torpedoes” attitude. He has a swaggering retro machismo that will give hives to the Steinem cabal. He lives large, with the urban flash and bling of a Frank Sinatra. But Trump is a workaholic who doesn’t drink and who has an interesting penchant for sophisticated, strong-willed European women. As for a debasement of the presidency by Trump’s slanging matches about penis size, that sorry process was initiated by a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who chatted about his underwear on TV, let Hollywood pals jump up and down on the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom, and played lewd cigar games with an intern in the White House offices.

Trump with his pragmatic real-life record is a far more palatable national figure than Ted Cruz, whose unctuous, vainglorious professions of Christian piety don’t pass the smell test. Trump is a blunt, no-crap mensch, while Cruz is a ham actor, doling out fake compassion like chopped liver. Cruz’s lugubrious, weirdly womanish face, with its prim, tight smile and mawkishly appealing puppy-dog eyebrows, is like a waxen mask, always on the verge of melting. This guy doesn’t know who the hell he is—and the White House is no place for him and us to find out.

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March 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

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  1. She perfectly described the physical characteristics of Cruz. I couldn’t put together why I find his face so revolting, but she has now explained it in perfect detail.


    March 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm

  2. This post of Paglia’s is no surprise to me. She relishes her role as a smart-alecky academic poking holes in liberal orthodoxy while not actually going over to the other side culturally. So naturally she gravitates toward defending Trump. But her reasoning here is very weak. Yes, Bill Clinton lowered the presidency by talking about his underwear and doing a White House intern. But this doesn’t mean that Trump’s vulgarity is necessary or that it won’t lower the dignity of the presidency even further. Also, how could she possibly call Ted Cruz insincere? Donald Trump is a social liberal who is now trying to let social conservatives fool themselves into thinking he’s one of them or that he’s “socially conservative enough.” It takes cognitive dissonance to claim CRUZ is the phony here. Maybe Paglia is secretly glad that Trump is fooling “the stupid Christians” (as Otis calls them.)

    Also, I can’t understand these people who keep criticizing Cruz for his appearance. He can’t help his features. He’s not an especially good-looking guy, I agree. But to keep saying he looks “sleazy” or some similar word is just stereotyping. Under normal circumstances people would understand this and, at least, do their stereotyping in private. But I’m astonished at how so many on the Left seem to think this is acceptable because it’s a conservative who is being judged. Imagine what they’d say is someone said Michelle Obama looks like “someone’s baby mamma” or Barack Obama looks like “some ghetto thug.”

    Paglia better hope that this Italian broad doesn’t meet her in an alleyway one day!


    March 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    • “Paglia better hope that this Italian broad doesn’t meet her in an alleyway one day!”

      Cat fight!


      March 10, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      • You got it! Only it’s Paglia who’d be the p_ssy. I don’t back down when defending a fellow conservative. She wouldn’t know what hit her (figuratively, speaking.)


        March 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      • My old boss was a big Jewish guy who played rugby. Pretty tough.

        We worked at a regional bank which was run by a 5’8″ 55-year-old Italian guy born and raised in Canarsie. My boss would be afraid to get on the regional president’s bad side. He always made this stupid joke about if you go to an Italian knife fight, make sure to bring a gun.

        I guess what I’m trying to say is: don’t mess with Brooklyn guidos!


        March 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    • I can’t understand these people who keep criticizing Cruz for his appearance.

      It is totally fair, and even necessary, for Republicans to deny the nomination to a physically unattractive candidate. Being ugly loses votes. Being creepy-looking loses female votes. If there was no other objection to Cruz but his appearance, that would be enough. Politics is not all about policy positions and intellectual appeal. It is also about emotions and physical appeal. That’s reality, and it’s not going to change.


      March 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    • To be bipartisan, Joe Biden looks sleazy and greasy just like Cruz (but with a dose of clownishness Cruz could never muster).


      March 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    • “But I’m astonished at how so many on the Left seem to think this is acceptable because it’s a conservative who is being judged.”

      Sheesh, did you just figure out that the Left’s entire modus operandi is hypocrisy?

      ‘Imagine what they’d say is someone said Michelle Obama looks like “someone’s baby mamma” or Barack Obama looks like “some ghetto thug.” ‘

      Indeed that would be terrible, because Michelle Obama doesn’t look like someone’s baby mamma. She looks like an angry, perpetually aggrieved black women. And Obama doesn’t look like a some ghetto thug. He looks like an ex-stoner brother on the down low, which he probably is.


      March 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  3. She totally nails Cruz perfectly. MaryK and other TruCons, please take note.


    March 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    • I wonder how Paglia would react if people were calling Cruz a “greaseball” (i.e. a term used on Mediterranean men.) Possibly she’d be defending him, believing him to be a victim of ethnic prejudice.. But then maybe she’d just ignore it and say what she’s saying here. Seeing only what you want to see is one of the hallmarks of the cultural Left. Her disgust at his supposedly fake Christian piety may come from an inability to believe that any intelligent person could have genuine faith. Note her claim that Cruz “doesn’t know who he is.” She probably imagines that Cruz is caught between secular liberalism which being smart, he must “know” is the truth, and religious conservatism, which he was brought up with and was elected to represent by the (mainly) Christian Republican voters of Texas. Instead of “growing” and becoming an honest liberal, he pretends to fall for the religious and cultural BS so he can gain political power and not have to make a painful break with his upbringing. She cleverly convinced herself that it is Cruz and not Trump whose presidency would be full of surprises, even though anyone could tell it is the other way around.

      I used to have some respect for Paglia. But she totally destroyed it with this essay.


      March 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      • “I wonder how Paglia would react if people were calling Cruz a “greaseball” (i.e. a term used on Mediterranean men.)”

        Well they are not so what’s your point?


        March 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      • Well they are not so what’s your point?

        What I meant was that I wonder if ethnic loyalty would take precedence over political loyalty in her writing.


        March 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      • The nation will survive Trump. Won’t survive Cruz. We don’t need finger wagging morality. Trump is america’s essence.


        March 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      • Actually people have called. Cruz a. greaseball. David Brooks said he was oleaginous. Cruz’s Jewish roommate at Princeton, Craig Mazin, tweeted that Cruz left a grease stain on everything he touched. He called thr stains Cruzz to rhyme with scuzz.

        Mark Caplan

        March 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      • I wrote hastily and wasn’t clear. I should have written, Paglia didn’t couch her criticism of Cruz’s looks in ethnic terms, so why do you bring that up?

        For the record Paglia has objected vociferously to the stereotyping of Italian-Americans as gangsters/mobsters in the media, and has written with pride about Nancy Pelosi’s Italianness. Salon has a rubbish search engine but I think you can find it somehow.

        Her description of Cruz’s appearance is IMO dead on accurate. It’s not fair to base one’s criticism of someone solely on looks, but when a sleazy outer appearance fits with a disgusting personality, it’s kosher.

        From Craig Mazin to his Senate colleagues, he is loathed.


        March 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  4. Bizarre. She’s lying to herself if she believes Cruz, the Evangelical debate champion, doesn’t know who he is. He’s socially awkward, but he knows what he believes. It’s odd to say Cruz’s “Christian piety” does not pass the smell test. Drudging up the Clinton history appears particularly desperate.


    March 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    • Nobody likes sanctimonious pricks which Cruz is. Biggest attraction to Trump are that he doesn’t come off overly religious.


      March 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      • I agree that Cruz is intensely unlikable — a charisma abyss. Her description nailed his facial features. Still, Trump’s “I’m a strong Christian” does not pass the smell test. Between the two, Cruz is the true believer and Trump’s the huckster. True believers are often unlikable whereas hucksters are superficially charming.


        March 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      • I buy Cruz’s Christianity more as an attempt to trick the rubes. Trump seems like a basic cultural Christian — believes in God, thinks religion is good, but doesn’t really think about it too much outside of those basic and not very intense convictions.


        March 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

  5. To be honest, amongst the cadre of dykey feminists journalists, her outlook and opinions have always been the most palatable.


    March 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    • Paglia understands and acknowledges the howling darkness and primitiveness of the human heart. She’s written of how it is really only men who build things in civilization and that if were up to women we’d all be living in mud huts and being ruled by a few Big Men.

      But she always reverts back to form to somewhat garden variety liberal because she’d be appalled to give up her fashionable leftist title. Everybody always reverts back to form.


      March 10, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • “To be honest, amongst the cadre of dykey feminists journalists, her outlook and opinions have always been the most palatable.”

      I agree. Two reasons why she’s better: She has an independent streak and she’s not as angry as the others.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 10, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  6. Paglia won me back in the early ’90s when she wrote, “boy-girl sex is the hottest sex.”

    Department 11

    March 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  7. I always think that Paglia’s observations are deadly accurate, but her motivations are pure cuckery and when it comes to blacks she is a total groveler. She admitted that she began to revise her opinion of Trump because of the two black sistahs, Diamond & Silk. Not because he talks truth about trade & immigration, but because two black women basically told her to.

    I call her a cuck even though she’s a leftist because she’s not a masochist, but when it comes to blacks, she cucks up the joint.


    March 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    • “when it comes to blacks she is a total groveler”

      Absolutely correct. But is there anyone in the msm who doesn’t grovel to blacks? Can one find employment without groveling? Even being mildly critical/truthful will get you the ax. Our national dialogue on race is always a one-way street.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  8. Paglia is right to say that Cruz doesn’t know who he is. Meaning he doesn’t know what to do with himself. He styles himself a President but any non-ideological TruCon can see that the man does not have the qualities to be President (ie. works well with others, executive or management experience, etc.). He clearly doesn’t know himself enough to know he shouldn’t be running for President. Cruz is really smart and apparently he thinks that combined with the right ideology makes him fit to be POTUS. As I said on another blog, Cruz should take his IQ and go shut himself in a room somewhere, avoid all contact with people and try and invent something.

    Andrew E.

    March 10, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  9. I’m with MaryK and Vince. Sure, Cruz is ugly. But I think he really believes all that Christian and Constitution stuff, and knows exactly who he is.


    March 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  10. She hit the nail on the head about Trump being a workaholic — unlike Ben Carson, who seemed to view his candidacy as a kind of retirement hobby; or Kasich, who wants to nice-guy you into submission; or Rubio, who is content to coast on good looks, an ethnic name, and not much else.


    March 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    • Rubio was also good at delivering talking points, until Christie knocked him off his game.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    • Trump’s a workaholic when it comes to promoting the Trump brand. He hasn’t been doing his homework for the debates, and it’s not clear he’s even read his own position papers.


      March 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  11. Interesting takedown of Cruz here.

    He’s basically a Bush family insider who is simply hated by people who know him.

    So he’s a Republican open borders/Wall street insider who is hated by other insiders. But that doesn’t make him an outsider.

    Low information voters think he’s just some religious rube outsider.

    I also think he’s genuinely a religious nut, it’s not an act.


    March 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    • His religiosity may or may not be an act. His ‘Murca yeah! patriotism is most certainly an act. He’s just another globalist looter on the make.


      March 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  12. She’s pretty good about Lena Dunham as well, further down in the same article:

    On the one hand, I believe that each generation has the unchallengeable right to create its own aesthetic and to carve its own idols. On the other hand, as Gwendolen Fairfax darkly remarks to Cecily Cardew in the great tea-table confrontation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, “On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one’s mind. It becomes a pleasure.”

    Lena Dunham belongs to the exhibitionistic Andrea Dworkin school of banner-waving neurotic masochism. The body is the enemy, a tainted lump whose limitations and afflictions the public must be forced to contemplate in grisly detail. We must also witness, like hapless medieval bystanders at a procession of flagellants, just how unappetizingly pallid Caucasian flesh can be made to be without cracking the camera lens. The torpid banality of Dunham’s utterances (reverently accorded scriptural status by the New York Times) is yet another matter. I am woman–hear me kvetch!


    March 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  13. She’s wet for Trump.

    In battle there is no law

    March 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  14. Comment on Fox News facebook page in relation to Hillary Clinton’s comments about Bengazi.

    “…I’m a liberal but I’m voting for Trump if Bernie does not get the nomination. I’ll never support that vile, criminal known as Hillary Clinton. By the way, like me there many Bernie’s supporters who feel the same way.”


    March 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    • The Guardian is running something about that. They want all Bernie supporters who will pivot to Trump to write them & tell them why. They will publish the answers in a few days.


      March 10, 2016 at 7:48 pm

  15. Paglia gets two things critically right: Trump is personally responsible for DESTROYING the choking effects of PC on our culture. Two, his main flaw is his impetuosity, which he seems to have reined in in last night’s debate (I am writing this after the FL debate).


    March 11, 2016 at 7:31 am

    • “Trump is personally responsible for DESTROYING the choking effects of PC on our culture.”

      I think you’re getting a bit carried away here. Although he may have got the ball rolling in the right direction, Trump hasn’t come close to eradicating political correctness. He’s fired a few effective salvos, but the crippling stranglehold is still in place and not likely to disappear any time soon. Political correctness is a cancer that’s crippled the West: It sets the limits of acceptable speech/thought and it’s been able to enforce a toxic multicultural/globalist ideology that’s brought Western Civilization to the brink.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 11, 2016 at 10:47 am

      • “I think you’re getting a bit carried away here. Although he may have got the ball rolling in the right direction”

        Yeah, maybe. I sometimes do get carried away. 🙂

        But then, Trump deserves even more credit, no? He’s up against a very thick, all encompassing orthodoxy, and to buck that takes courage.

        WRT Lion’s suggestion about internet mischief, one of the things I’d bring up, if I had the energy, on pro-Sanders websites is Bernie’s heresy on gun rights. He wouldn’t last a nanosecond as a Vermont politician if he weren’t in favor of gun rights. On this board, we all know why Vermont has (a) liberal (in the old fashioned sense of the word) gun laws, and (b) minuscule gun violence. But the Berners don’t. It would be fun to tweak their tender feelings about it.

        This occurred to me this morning when I encountered a brand ambassador from Cabot Cheese, which is made in VT, outside Zabar’s earlier today. We had a pleasant chat. I said some nice things about Bernie and she became ecstatic. I was going to troll her about guns but I thought, why ruin a pleasant exchange, and I excused myself.


        March 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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