Hard To Keep the Hate Straight

As you may know, the siege mentality surrounding the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke saga has, in most precincts of serious right-wing talk and activity, been replaced by white-hot anger. It’s aimed not only at the hypocritical liberals who persecute poor Rush even as they tolerate or celebrate equally big and politically powerful trash-talking celebrities of their own like Matt Taibbi and Ed Schultz (joke!), but at the lefty-whipped corporate sponsors who are abandoning the brave freedom-fighter in his hour of need.

So when I read a reference to the American Family Association’s OneMillionMom’s affiliate’s boycott of JC Penney, I figured it was part of the backlash, since the retailer was one of the groups that had withdrawn ads sponsorsing of Rush.

But no. I should have realized, given AFA fixation with homosexuality, that the action against Penney’s was aimed at getting Ellen DeGeneres fired as spokesperson. And the good news is that is has failed, and OMM is “moving on” to “other issues.”

It says a lot about the aggressiveness of today’s wingnuts, despite their constant complaints of innocent victimization, that an institution so blandly American as JC Penny and a celebrity so firmly mainstream as Ellen DeGeneres are in the crosshairs. But sometimes it’s hard to keep the objects of their hate straight (no pun intended).

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.