The Loathsome Self-Own

“And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away in
The tidal destruction
The moral melee.” — Ian Anderson

Stories like these have so many layers. The surface level is always easiest. The punchlines write themselves and in this case it is quite literally true. You don’t have to write anything. You just republish and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.

Far be it for me to point a couple of things for Boebert’s benefit. After all, if karma is a cosmic force that rules our lives independently then we can definitely chalk this up to karma. However, I would direct your attention to the date of her tweet. It occurred in July of 2021. Allow this to be a lesson to the young. When you say something stupid there are always receipts. Make no mistake, they will be drug out at the worst (or best) possible time.

It should also be pointed out that she is not only denying the horrible rumors that made that tweet a punchline, but is also taking legal action. Quite frankly, the rumors about her and Ted Cruz are not only likely false, but also a worse punishment for progressives’ imaginations than a negative for conservatives.

We’ve now reached level two of the sordid story. I’m not sure how these rumors serve the efforts of Democrats, progressives, or liberals. Even if we pretend those three are aligned in this instance we would heed the sentiments from a similar subplot in the “West Wing” when one of the characters tried to get rid of a right wing politician. She has no power and is probably better for Democratic fundraising than anyone could be in her position.

Level three asks us to lean into the accusations for a moment. Let’s pretend she did get multiple abortions. Yes, that goes directly against what she preaches now, but we have no way of knowing whether she came to that position honestly. People are allowed to change their minds. They are allowed to seek redemption. Shaming someone (no matter how unsavory they are) for getting an abortion kind of flies in the face of what the pro-choice movement is all about. So, I’m not sure how effective the barb is at the end of the day.

Of course, the final sick layer is that of slut shaming itself. Naturally, this is one where men naturally need to wait on the sidelines. Swinging at that tweet above would be like flailing away at a slider in the dirt. Nothing good can come from it. I’ll let The Young Turk’s Ana Kasparian go there. She will have to deal with the fallout of arguing for female empowerment while slut shaming in nearly the same breath. Sure, that tweet is like a hanging slider over the heart of the plate. Swinging knocks the joke out of the park, but also makes you look petty in the long run.

Author: sbarzilla

I have written three books about baseball including The Hall of Fame Index. I also write for You can follow me on twitter @sbarzilla.

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