The fallout from David Lecherman’s raunchy and sexist attack on 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her daughters has yet to settle, but already a silver lining has appeared around the mushroom cloud lingering over such attacks, which have become common from the left.

Until Gov. Palin stood her ground and declared that Creepy Dave apologize to young girls everywhere, liberal feminists had remained silent in the wake of attacks on conservative women, their children and their values. Now an increasing number of them have been pushed to the point where they can remain silent no more. Those women who truly believe in the principles of feminism have been forced to choose between their feminist ideals and the sort of political tactics taught by Saul Alinsky and other radical leftists.

Jill Stanek calls our attention to a Salon op-ed by Amanda Fortini:

“If there was any question that a stubborn strain of old-school sexism persists in Obama’s America, one has only to look at certain leaders of what the right wing loves to call the “liberal media” but which is sounding and acting, recently, more like the frat-house media. There, like a virus hiding in the body before, perhaps, staging a comeback, misogyny has found a place to lurk almost undetected, at least by the usually sharp eyes of progressive feminists.”

Perhaps it was the timing of the one-two punch that has served to open the eyes of some liberal feminists:

“A week before these remarks aired, there was an uglier outbreak of the contagion in the pages of Playboy — never a bastion of egalitarian forward thinking, but still — where writer Guy Cimbalo published a list of 10 conservative women he’d like to “hate f___,” a term that various observers interpreted as rough sex, sex tinged by rage, or rape.”

Whatever it is that’s rousing some “progressive” women from the narcolepsy attacks which seemed to strike them whenever conservative women were attacked by liberal beta males, we men of the alpha variety can only say that it is about time.

Meanwhile, the editors of the Augusta Chronicle find it significant that both the conservative Concerned Women for America and the liberal National Organization for Women have condemned Creepy Dave Lecherman for his crude, sexist joke made at the expense of Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter.

But young women, say the editors, are just collateral damage in the attacks that the late night talk show host and his media cohorts routinely level against traditional values and those who advocate them:

“In short, it’s open season on conservatives — and their children are fair game. Ever since Gov. Palin arrived on the national scene, the liberal media have been desperate to tear her down. Someone so engaging, popular and conservative can’t be allowed to gain political power. The media seemed to want to nip that in the bud.”

And if they have to use young women to lash out at rising conservative stars, then they can laugh it off as “It was just a joke.” That sounds disturbing similar to another liberal refrain, one from the Clinton years that went something like, “It was just about sex.”

– JP