April 14, 2012
Peg Bundy Progressivists
Power Line's John Hinderaker (my favorite fave) looks at a few reasons Why Liberals Hate Ann Romney, but I think he missed one.
Most of these liberal Progressivists are young, younger than I, probably younger than a great many of you, Dear Readers. Their own mothers likely were not stay-at-home mothers; they worked outside the home -- they had to work because of the huge taxes levied on the middle income in contemporary America.
They're also much too young, today's Progressivists, to remember movies and television shows, the source of all pop (i.e., liberal) culture, that portrayed stay-home moms in a positive way. Sure, Leave It to Beaver, the Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, and suchlike still play in reruns on TV Land and other channels; but my experience is that many young viewers -- especially those egotistical and condescending enough (and with short enough attention spans) to be liberals -- simply cannot abide black and white TV and movies. It's like so last century!
So whence do they get their image of what a stay-at-home mom is, does, and looks like? My guess is from primarily one show: Married With Children:
- The show is in color, and it has a contemporary feel -- unlike, say, the Brady Bunch. It plays into the hip, cynical, ironic, liberal narrative of what "real" families are like (i.e., severely dysfunctional, as are many more liberal than conservative families).
- Peg Bundy is a lousy mother: She spends much of her day lying on the couch eating bon-bons and couldn't care less that one kid is a slut who sleeps with anybody or anything, and the other is a geeky target of violent abuse at school.
- She has big hair.
- She never goes to the gym, yet miraculously maintains an incredible figure -- thereby inducing extreme envy among physically and intellectually lazy feminist Progressivists.
- And she's dumb as a doorknob, again allowing a feeling of tremendous superiority in the minds of narcissistic lefties.
So when Hilary Rosen sneers out the words "stay-at-home mom," making them sound like an obscene epithet, I'm utterly certain that the image that pops into her head is brainless, duplicitous, lazy, useless leech Peg Bundy. And I reckon John missed that possibility because he's not all that conversant with the high art of (relatively) contemporary American sit-coms.
Maybe we can get the term "Peg Bundy Progressivists" to go viral...
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, April 14, 2012, at the time of 1:38 PM
The following hissed in response by: Geoman
What's weird is didn't Ann Romney have both cancer and MS? I mean, aren't those good enough reasons not to seek a career outside the home, as well as having more than enough money not to need a job outside the home?
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