Charm School Invites in the Mail!

The collapse of polite society is at hand.

First and foremost, I share Stacy’s lament of the sad state of affairs in politics:

This is about trying to preserve some semblance of basic decency in politics. As a Southerner, I am particularly disturbed to think Nikki Haley’s enemies believe that the people of South Carolina would not only tolerate but endorse this kind of cruelty against her.

Is chivalry dead in South Carolina? Does no shred of honor remain?

Nikki Haley, GOP candidate for SC governor, gets the Palin treatment* in spades. First, they said she’d had numerous affairs. Then they questioned her heritage and religion, calling her a ‘raghead’ and a closet Christian. (For me, lumping her in with Obama is the largest insult of all.) Smear merchants, attack! I’m the biggest cheerleader around for free-speech, but dude, don’t go there. It makes you look both ignorant and racist. Even if you think you’re representing the folks back home, well, you may find your constituency is a little more sophisticated than you think. While lots of folks are calling for Sen. Jake Knotts’ head on a platter, or his resignation at the very least, I say let him stay in office. Let him “dance with the one that brung ‘im.” Allahpundit believes we may be close to rock bottom on this one, but wait. We have yet to hear Andrew Sullivan waxing poetic about her uterus, so there is more to come.

Helen Thomas, the 89 year old ideological tumor that sits on the front row of the White House press corp, gets a pass from her peers over her outrageous remarks this week.

Now she has said something so vile and vicious that defending her means that one accepts her antisemitism. Her parents were from Lebanon. Most of the press ignored her spewing of hatred and bigotry, giving a liberal commentator a pass that no conservative commentator would get.

[…] In the 1960s, she could never say such a thing and keep her job. She was 25 when Dachau was liberated. She knows better. She should have her press privileges lifted.

She won’t. Antisemitism is acceptable now among America’s elites and even encouraged.

From Potluck:

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants who has covered the administrations of 10 Presidents in a career spanning nearly 60 years made her controversial comments at a White House Jewish Heritage Celebration on May 27, 2010

The words? That “…Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”

Oh my. Perhaps Helen should sit on the front row at Charm School.

Right beside her will be the aging, addled Beatle, “Sir” Paul McCartney. Is he still trying to make John like him, even from the grave? Jill has a collection of reactions, all wondering the same thing – where did his manners go? Was he so overcome by the Aura of The Won that he channeled Helen Thomas and blurted out the first thing that came into his mind? Absolutely classless. Val (at Michelle Malkin) really lets him have it. “Sir” Paul may still swoon at the sight of him, but he’s part of the shrinking “In Crowd.” To quote Nice Deb on McCartney’s downfall:

I was once a huge fan…but now, to quote Mr. Darcy: My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

Too bad these folks will never meet James Joyce, MLB umpire. Now there is a real man who understands integrity.

* Palin treatment – Vicious, coordinated, (usually) fabricated, personal/political attacks against a female candidate. Bonus points if the candidate is attractive, successful, a mother and most of all, conservative. Extra bonus level if the polls have the candidate leading a liberal.

Cross-posted at Potluck

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