Amanda Marcotte Is Not a Serious Person

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There’s an old saying, “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” However, if you are progressive blogger Amanda Marcotte, when all you have is a “feminist blog” called "Pandagon " everything looks like woman-hating.

Ignoring, for a moment, her willfully ignorant accusations that “the violent, paranoid, lying rhetoric on the right” caused the Tuscon shooter to shoot—among others—Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (we now know that no one really believes this theory, except MSNBC viewers ), and mind-numbing freshman-level rants about how Loughner’s confrontations with Giffords were really attempts at asserting his manly superior over the congresswoman, Marcotte’s latest word-salad offers up a knee-slapper of an idea: if Jared Lougher was politically a conservative (a theory not supported by the facts ), and conservatives hate women (another idea not supported by the facts—just ask South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin, or any number of the other so-called “Mama Grizzlies” that 2010 saw ), a priori , Loughner shot Giffords because he hated women.

As you can see, Marcotte doesn’t torture logic, so much as run it through a woodchipper and then smoke the remains in a water bong.

And to think that, she used to be the New Media voice of the John Edwards for President 2004 campaign—before she was let go by the campaign for what ABC News called, “comments about other people’s faiths [that] could well be construed as hate speech.” John Edwards, hardly a vanguard of conservative thought, noted that he was “personally offended” by Marcotte’s statements on behalf of his campaign.

In 2006, Marcotte wrote, in defense of stripper Crystal Gail Mangum, that people who questioned Mangum’s story of being raped by the Duke University lacrosse team, were, quote, “rape-loving scum” who “scream “[expletive] at black women and joke about killing and raping them.”

By Marcotte’s definitions, the North Carolina State Attorney General’s Office is “rape-loving scum,” as the state formally declared that the lacrosse team “[was] innocent of all charges,” noting that the charges never should have been brought."

Reason Magazine contributing editor Cathy Young wrote of Marcotte, whom she terms the “"leader of the cyber-lynch mob in the Duke University rape hoax ,” in "Marcotte’s eyes, the real crime of the ‘independent feminists’ is helping preserve the idea that the presumption of innocence applies even in cases of rape and sexual assault ."

In 2008, Marcotte published a book entitled It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments. Showing all of her usual political civility and humanity, the image she chose for the book’s cover featured a “pulp cover of a gorilla carrying a scantily clad woman,” and featured illustrations of blue-eyed, blonde-haired “superheroes” pummeling black African “savages.”

Facing a blowback of epic proportions for her naked racism and hatred, Marcotte and her publisher apologized, and republished her “guide” without illustrations. In other words, Marcotte wasn’t allowed to have pictures in her book, because she couldn’t be trusted not to be an immature hate-monger.

It should come to no one’s surprise that Marcotte, a victim of her own raging passions (as opposed to not just saying the first thing that pops into her head full of progressive mush), is to this day—a full week after the Tucson shootings—still trying to make sense of the senseless , by fitting the facts into her comfortable narrative of “woman-haters” and “misogyny.”

If we are to accept President Obama’s call for more civility and tolerance in our daily lives, unhinged wingnuts such as Marcotte are precisely the kind of person we need to exclude from polite society. Whether it be her schtick of rushing blindly to be the first one to cast a stone against perceived villains, or her hateful, absolutist venom, Marcotte and her ilk do no progressives no favors in advancing their causes.

But what do I know? I’m conservative and have a Y chromosome—to Marcotte and other unserious people like her, people like me pulled the trigger in Tuscon, not Jared Lee Loughner.

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