FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
The return of a famous old cult: A famous old cult has sprung back to life—The Cult of the Offhand Comment.
In this case, the offhand comment in question was made by Hilary Rosen. The New York Times is so worked up, the story is on the front page.
As a news event, this is basically silly. Yes, Rosen did make an inartful remark. And yes, her comment does have a bit of a history. And yes, in part, it actually is a history of liberal condescension.
(As Joan Walsh noted on last evening’s Hardball: “I mean, look, feminists learned about twenty years ago that this is a dumb argument. Every mother is a working mother. Let`s just say that, OK? Michael, we know that. Being a mom, whether you stay at home or whether you work, is very hard.”)
Rosen is a perfectly decent person. That said, she did make a fairly inartful remark–but everyone makes such remarks at some point. And at this point, Rosen is just a CNN contributor. She doesn’t speak for Barack Obama, or for Dems in general.
For all these reasons, this comment is hardly worth discussing. But our “press corps” has long belonged to a powerful cult—The Cult of the Offhand Comment. They simply love this sort of distraction. And by the way:
Our side has been deeply involved in this stupid cult too!
Yesterday, we saw a lot of liberals complaining about how stupid this discussion is. We agree—but we liberals have been pimping disputes about all kinds of pointless offhand comments in recent years.
Your lizard brain will say that’s not true. Though we’re out the door, sorry: