The Stale, Pale, Males

Conservative political activist Greg Peterson, charged Wednesday with raping four women, poses with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (, )


Mike Papantonio, who’s been subbing a lot for Thom Hartmann and Ed Schultz lately on their radio shows, calls today’s Republicans (among other things), “the stale, pale, males.”  This admittedly juvenile moniker, unfortunately, gets more accurate each day.  If anything, it’s a bit of an understatement.  Yesterday we were treated to yet another Republican candidate referring to rape, and the conceptions thereby accomplished, as “God’s Plan,” as though such dangerous nonsense were acceptable even on the fringes of American politics.  But the loathsome dimwit who said it, Richard Mourdock, is hardly some outlier; he has plenty of company in Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, John Cornyn, and Mitt Romney himself, if you catch him on the right day.

Ordinarily, I’d be tempted to say that among Republicans, rape is the new black, but the reality is quite the opposite.  You see, in 2012, black is every sort of bad, but rape is, well, just the latest victim of a bad rap by a bunch of slutty liberal harpies who had it coming, anyway.  Once they’re saddled with pushing strollers and changing diapers, those tramps will be forced to set aside the high heels and miniskirts for good, saving sexually frustrated Republicans from a lifetime of unfulfilled boners.  Or something.

But not entirely unexpectedly, this attitude can manifest itself in unexpected and embarrassing ways for the party that stoops to it, which has resulted in this little bit of schadenfreude: (h/t TPM):

Heber » Faced with rape charges that could have put him in prison for the rest of his life, political activist Greg Peterson killed himself Tuesday, just days after posting a $2 million bond and being released from jail.

Peterson, 37, was found dead in his Heber City cabin, the site of some of the highlights of his political endeavors, and the place where prosecutors said Peterson raped at least two of his victims.

Gill charged Peterson in July with 25 charges of assault, rape and kidnapping stemming from alleged attacks on four women he met through LDS dating websites. Later, Wasatch County prosecutors filed similar charges involving a fifth alleged victim.

Peterson had been in the Salt Lake County jail until Friday, when he posted bond and was allowed to walk free.

Now, just because this guy is a Mormon and a Romney fundraiser, I suppose it would be unfair of me to say that his crimes are a stark reflection of the stale, pale, male attitude toward women in general, but I’m going to say it anyway.  I’m beginning to grasp why Republicans went so nuts on Clinton: he was able to get sex consensually, something Republicans, as a rule, can never do, unless they set up a large Tiffany’s account, anyway.  That’s why they routinely risk electoral disaster with their off-putting fake piety; the poor things can’t get laid unless they happen to have a remote cabin and a gun in the car.

Through this lens, it’s much easier to understand sexual harassers like Bill O’Reilly, or the teabagging Tennessee foot doctor who cajoled one of his several mistresses to abort his baby.   To them, women are some alien species placed on earth to satisfy their urgings, and the only problem is that nearly all of them refuse to do so willingly.   They long for a past when women were the non-voting property of men like themselves, and they didn’t have to refrain from being assholes for up to a whole evening just to get their rocks off.

Make no mistake; what little of the Republican platform that isn’t entirely dedicated to fattening overstuffed wallets is about what’s in the front of the pants, and quite evidently doesn’t get out enough.



  1. daphne says:

    I’ve been saying forever that smart men know that women are smarter. And yes, of course that’s a generalization.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I can’t count how many times a guy has told me about his girlfriend troubles using a demeaning voice characterization to playact her role. I always want to say, “Do you think this girl dumped you because you think (probably incorrectly) that she’s an irrational dipshit?” But I never do, because I’m not personally invested nor want to be. Clearly, somebody should.
      The attitude is so rampant that it ought to have put a stop to the whole institution of heterosexuality by now.
      I think it’s Lysistrata time, and obviously, the righties are worrying about this, too.

  2. avelna says:

    And here we present Limbaugh – the expert on vaginas:

    You would need an electron microscope to find his weinie and then you would have trouble locating his brain in the mess.

  3. RUKidding says:

    It’s been gobsmacking to witness a seemingly endless parade of chauvanistic rightwing white male troglodytes mouthing off about the so-called “God’s goodness of Rape” porn fantasies.

    Methinks that many of the rightwing misogynists are truly a-skeeered of the big bad V, plus being jealous of the dastardly “D” pols, like Bubba & John Edwards, who actually (ick ick) seem to like the little wimminz, plus easily score with ‘em!

    What’s more breath-taking are the conservative women who not only go along with the notion of Rape as “God’s precious gift,” but actually VOTE for it, too. The mind boggles, but then again, that’s what’s happened to these religious women – brainwashed by charlatans in their “churches.”

    I’m glad that these WHITE retrograde sexist conservative men are being “outed” for their antidiluvean viewpoints. At least be out loud and proud of your rape porn fantasies. Then the rest of know exactly who you are. Can’t say we weren’t warned. Sadly, might not make much of a difference.

    • cocktailhag says:

      In some ways it already has; Republicans’ dreams of getting the Senate have pretty much evaporated. Candor may be refreshing, but as Romney knows; lying works better.

  4. dirigo says:

    It’s funny how bluster makes one shrink. And I’m a white guy. A really small one.

    • cocktailhag says:

      You looked pretty large to me, but admittedly I never crawled under the hood, so to speak. My advice is to always stay out of cold water.

      • dirigo says:

        I like to take a dunk in Maine waters in May, in the flow of the northern ice melt.

        Well, now’s a good a time as any to be reminded of all the big sticks and swingin’ dicks out there. Our heroes.

        • avelna says:

          Wow, that’s quite the distinguished list of brave souls. I give to them my one-finger salute – may they all eventually RIP in their own war torn chickenhawk cemetery.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I had no idea there were so many…..

        • Austin says:

          Only 20% of the 535 members of the current Congress have served in the military, 25 from the Senate and 90 from the House of Representatives. Of course the total number of those that do serve in the armed forces represent less than 1% of the population. I have no point here, just throwing out the observation..