Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Clenis Envy: A Theory

The whole Ann Althouse brouhaha (see post below) brings up, once again, the question: what the hell is the right wing's fixation with the Clintonian genitalia? Well, something said in passing in this post on Whiskey Fire made something click for me. Molly Ivors, the post's author, mentions "the 1998 obsession" of the American Right. And suddenly something clicked. Now I think I understand the right wing's fixation on the Clenis.

I think the days of the Clinton impeachment were the equivalent of the 1960s antiwar movement for the wingnuts. They marched, they wrote letters and articles for obscure broadsheets (or blogs), they agitated, they stayed up all night drinking wine and agreeing with each other about how they were going to make a better world once they brought down the government, before falling into each other's arms for brief, intense twenty-something style sex they later felt guilty about.

It was, for them, a magical time of their youth. And they've been desperately and pathetically trying to reclaim that ever since. They think about Clinton and blowjobs and sex all the time, because they want to go back to the glory days when they were full of piss and vinegar and righteous fire. And getting laid.

1 comment:

John Baker said...

Sorry, this isn't a comment for this post, but it was the only way I could find of contacting you.
I'm asking a selection of writer/bloggers to contribute their thoughts to
the following question. What phases are involved in the creation of a text?
The implication of the question is, of course, that writing does in fact
go through phases.
Whereas most readers who do not write themselves believe that a text is
created from a single inspiration, they may also subscribe to the
paradoxical view that its genesis is to be found in some kind of formula.
As a writer you will know that there are no rules, or if there are rules
they are there only to be broken; and also that, generally speaking, there
is no single inspiration.
Most writers will admit to an initial idea followed by a gradual process
made up of individual phases. I would like, eventually, if possible, to
come to some kind of collage of what those phases may be.
I'm planning to publish replies to the question on my blog during August.
I'd really like you to be involved. I'm not looking for lengthy and
involved essays, simply a description from a personal point of view of
what characterizes those phases for you, if you like in relation to a
particular piece of work.
Best wishes
John Baker

PS. When replying, please make sure I have the address of your blog, so that your reply can be credited correctly.