February 17, 2004


Michael Moore has lost a fan. Former power plant worker Glenn Sacks writes:

In Dude, Where's My Country? you criticize the Democratic Party for "watering down their beliefs to appeal to all of the dumb white guys out there"--I guess you mean the guys at the power plant--and you imply that the Democrats should simply write them off in 2004. In your view these are the guys who "long for the days of Strom Thurmond and legally accepted date rape," and who oppose abortion because they are male chauvinists who want to control women.

Michael, it saddens me that the beleaguered men at that power plant have lost a valuable friend and gained one more enemy. It saddens me to watch you and your party marginalize yourselves and slowly commit political suicide by spitting on those who once admired and supported you.

And when the Democrats get trounced among male voters in 2004, I know what explanation you'll give. In fact, you've already written it in Stupid White Men: "men are just not as smart as women."

Posted by Tim Blair at February 17, 2004 11:13 AM

The bit that got my attention was this:

``You've previously described your upbringing as being decidedly matriarchal, with your mother and your two angry feminist sisters calling the shots. It must have been some childhood.''

In other words, Michael Moore was being pussy-whipped from day one, and all his ranting about ``Stupid White Men'' is to appease them - or possibly to score with the chicks who still think like angry Seventies feminists. I almost pity him for that. Almost.

Posted by: Annalucia at February 17, 2004 at 01:04 PM

That would be assuming that anything Moore says about himself is somewhere near the neighborhood of truth. With a big, flabby facade like he's got, I have a hard time believing anything he'd say about his upbringing.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 17, 2004 at 01:17 PM

Women can't be too smart- one of them married Michael Moore. (Just think of deadlifting 400 kilos of liquid lard in a bladder).

Posted by: Habib at February 17, 2004 at 04:21 PM

I've gotten to the point that I simply pity this wretch. Look at the self-loathing that leaches out of his pores (along with the butter):

He writes a book with the eponymous title "Stupid White Men";

He tells a London audience that the terrorists would not have succeeded if black men were on the planes instead of weak, cowardly white men;

He says "men are just not as smart as women."

This poor dirigible must be lashing out at the people who are just like him simply to deflect his attention from himself and avoid committing suicide. He's got to be the most pathological public figure we have after Michael Jackson and Mike Tyson. And he's become just as creepy.

Posted by: Dave S. at February 17, 2004 at 06:16 PM

I'm just amazed that that white, working-class guy thought a millionair commie scumbag was his friend, and has been subsequently disapointed.

There you go, dude.

Posted by: Amos at February 17, 2004 at 06:26 PM

He's so uptight about being white, why can't someone arrange a skin graft to put him out of his misery? Although it would take at least a dozen generous donors to cover a surface area that size.

Posted by: CB at February 17, 2004 at 09:06 PM

He's going to have to answer a lot of spam email to fix up the trouser shortage.

Posted by: Habib at February 17, 2004 at 11:01 PM

I don't know about the women's vote. Since I'm currently teaching a course on public opinion, I've looked a bit more closely into voting data. The "gender gap" (which is always talked about as the gap in the women's vote between Dems and Repubs, as opposed to the opposite gap in the male vote between Repubs and Dems) appears to consist almost in its entirety of two facts: 1) unmarried women vote Democratic while married women vote Republican (that is the tendency only, of course); and 2) african-americans vote 90% for Dems (with well over half of that vote coming from women).

Thus, when you separate it out, it turns out that Democrats are winning essentially, the unmarried black female vote and splitting, or losing, the remainder of the female vote. It is not obvious to me what would change either of those situations, but it strongly implies that John Kerry desperately needs to appeal to "Stupid White Men" somehow, although it also beats me what the haughty, French-looking, heiress-marrying, elite-raised, possible serial philanderer could do that would work (although I'm told some stupid white men are impressed by the serial philandering part, as long as their wives or girlfriends don't find out). (By the way, did I mention that he is a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam war? Although none of the dozens of Vietnam era vets I know is willing to say they'd vote for him.)

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at February 18, 2004 at 03:54 AM

Moore would have to change his "men are just not as smart as women" line for it to apply in the UK, where women have consistently voted Conservative ahead of Labour and where, if you were to discount the female vote, you would have an unbroken period of Labour Party rule from 1945 onwards.

Maybe "people who don't always do what Michael Moore tells them are just not as smart as people who do" would be better.

Posted by: wardytron at February 18, 2004 at 04:46 AM

I know one thing is for sure. The only time Michael Moore has been vaguely amusing or relevant was his appearance on the Simpsons, where someone wrote his lines for him.

Maybe he just works better as a cartoon character.

Posted by: Quentin George at February 18, 2004 at 06:56 AM

Quentin George said:

Maybe he just works better as a cartoon character
I thought Mikey was a cartoon character.

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut at February 18, 2004 at 08:26 AM

Male feminists are always creepy. Most women smell a rat when they come near one!
Mind you, though, I really do wonder sometimes about Mr Moore. If I had a conspiratorial turn of mind, I'd think he was doing everything to make his views(and those of his fellow-travellers) on everything sound pretty ridiculous. Is the ineffable Mr Moore an agent provocateur? Probably not likely, just a smug fool. If I was a Democrat, I'd be concerned that this guy purported to support the party!

Posted by: sophie at February 18, 2004 at 08:57 AM

You guys are a lough riot! Where's the vitriol? Where's the fascism? Where's the beef?

Posted by: Miranda Divide at February 21, 2004 at 11:53 AM