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Yesterday, the New York Post made an amaturish attempt to do battle in rhetoric on par with Op-Ed News and came up short.

The sixth-grade-level opinion piece was dressed as a frontpage, unbiased news story entitled, "It's War, Dem Childless Condi Slur." Don't be intimidated by the headline...the body of the article rates at a far lower reading level.

In what amounted to a wailing lament with more emotional gut-jerkers than "Old Yeller," the Post sobbed for dozens of paragraphs about the big bad anti-feminist Democrat, Senator Barbara Boxer.

I know, I know. Who could have guessed it? California woman; one of the few women in the Senate; West Coast values...liberal. She had us all fooled, guys. It's okay. Don't take it too hard on yourselves.

Luckily, the Post--like all neo-cons, a stalwart defender of women's rights--got Boxer up on some pretty hefty charges of anti-feminism. Else why would they devote a front page to the prosecution.

So let's investigate, shall we?

The murder took place on the day of the eleventh. The victim was a helpless, hapless, hopeless, completely innocent, very unguilty, very un-responsible-for-any-American-policy-that-may-have-resulted-in-the-deaths-of-thousands-of-US-soldiers-in-the-last-few-years girl named Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The suspect was Ms. Boxer, and she did it with a Condi Slur, which is not a purple, shaved-iced drink--although such concoction could do far greater damage than the weapon Boxer used.

A "Condi Slur" is so big, bad and ferocious, it's hard to describe without just citing all 40 words of it from the Post opinion.

Brace yourselves, here is Boxer hurling the "Condi Slur" at Condi:

"'Who pays the price[for the Iraq War]? I'm not going to pay a personal price,' Boxer said. 'My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.'

Then, to Rice: 'You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.'"

After drying the tears away, the Post gasped: "Breathtaking. Simply breathtaking. We scarcely know where to begin." Sniffle.

Here's more:

"The junior senator from California apparently believes that an accomplished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman."

No, Boxer was making a point. This run-on sentence would not elude the red pen of a child day care temp teaching her students "My Pet Goat." God only knows how it passed the seasoned editors at the Post.

Nevertheless, the author is obviously dealing with a severe emotional crisis. The author is a conservative and he or she--like all conservatives--is very concerned with the rights of women. In this case, a sick and twisted Democrat has gone too far. Maybe Democrats have historically opposed the rights of women to choose for themselves, serve in the highest levels of government, and date the latest flavor of the month all their lives, but this just crosses the line.

Sean Hannity, a strong supporter of gay rights as well, got into the melee.

"This attack is beyond spectacular in just how evil this is," Hannity told his radio audience yesterday. "The fact that Condi Rice has no children, that's irrelevant." No, Boxer is simply stating the obvious. What has happened is, a cacophony of Corupublicans simply want to distort and lie just like they did with John Kerry.

Then Hannity really said this without even a hint of irony in his voice: "Where's the defense of single women?" I thought feminism was all about the buzz word 'choice.'"

I'm not even going to point out the absurdity and hypocrisy.

You know the Republican Party is in trouble when they start trying to pick up the feminist bloc of voters.
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