A cheap shot
I didn’t know anything about the conservative blogger Robert Stacey McCain, though I have seen him highly spoken of. Looking for new sources of conservative insight, I went to his blog. The first item was a quotation of Alec Baldwin defending Rep. Weiner on the basis that “sexting” can be a useful form of psychological release, especially for high-profile, highly stressed men in need of recharging their batteries.
McCain’s response was not to reply to Baldwin’s argument, but to call Baldwin “a profoundly flawed human being” and, to prove the point, to quote Baldwin’s notorious phone message to his then 12 year old daughter in which he called her a “thoughtless little pig.”
That is low. Baldwin momentarily lost his temper at his daughter, in the middle of an extremely fraught situation in which Baldwin’s ex wife was carrying on a relentless campaign to cut off any contact between father and daughter. While it was a bad thing for Baldwin to say, in the scheme of things it was not a very great sin. Family members and friends do lose their temper with each other from time to time and say hurtful things, then they apologize and make up—it is one of the most common human experiences there is. And it was entirely private. But Baldwin’s ex wife, in a further attempt to destroy him, published the tape, and Baldwin’s life was turned into a living hell as our whole feminist society came down on him as though he were—what?—a child molester or something.
For an ostensibly conservative blogger to dredge up that private conversation, which had already been used so unfairly against Baldwin by the man-hating feminist lynch mob, suggests that McCain’s understanding and code of values are themselves profoundly flawed.
Robert Stacy McCain is a friend of mine and I don’t agree with your assessment of him.Robert Stacy McCain writes:
You are certainly not the first person to assert that my “understanding and code of values are themselves profoundly flawed,” although such criticisms, and much worse, are usually made by liberals. Certainly no one who knows my work, whether friend or foe, could conceivably think that I would lend aid and comfort to “our whole feminist society” (as you describe Baldwin’s foes).LA replies:
Alec Baldwin made an argument—a reasoned if repellent argument—explaining why he thought Rep. Weiner’s behavior was understandable. Baldwin’s view of life and morality is diametrically opposed to the traditionalist or conservative view. I appreciate those liberals who, instead of suddenly going “Yecch!” and running away from their usual liberalism into unwonted judgmentalism when one of their fellow liberals does something especially disgusting (e.g. a congressman sending photos of his private parts over the Internet), remain true to their liberalism and spell out plainly their vision of man as a being who consists of nothing but appetite and its satisfaction.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 10, 2011 10:57 AM | Send