Ed Driscoll

Dennis Green Had It All Wrong

The Bears aren’t who we thought they were — if by “we” you mean a New York Times columnist on deadline and trying desperately to put some kind of new spin on her party’s shellacking. After spotting Timeswoman Gail Collins anthropomorphizing the distaff cousins of Yogi, Smokey and Boo-Boo into the average New York Times reader, Doug Powers writes, “Desperate Argument Du Jour: Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Use ‘Mama Grizzlies’ Because Bears are Pro Choice:”

I think it is time to take back the mama grizzly.

“In real life, they are famous for their reproductive freedom,” said Gloria Steinem over the phone.

This is one of the many things I love about Steinem. When things are darkest, she will come up with a very cheering factoid about Iroquois women in pre-Columbian America or the private life of female bears.

“Mama grizzlies mate later than other bears,” she continued. “They have two cubs instead of four. They wait four years — about twice as long as other bears — between having cubs. And after they’re pregnant, if winter is hard or their health is not good or the food supply is uncertain, they re-absorb the embryo into their body.”

This is certainly a side of grizzly home life that we have not been getting from Sarah Palin, who has adopted the bear as the symbol of her movement.

Doug adds:

So there you go — grizzly bears are pro-abortion liberals. And did you know that when humans aren’t watching, grizzlies turn into birkenstock-wearing vegetarians who drive Priuses?

If they want to play that game, I could also point out that in the grizzly world there’s no unemployment compensation, no welfare checks, no coddling of enemies, no political correctness, and most importantly, no radical feminist insanity.

Moonbat liberal feminists are so funny.

But Collins’ column didn’t happen in a vacuum. To help place it into perspective, veteran journalist William McGowan’s new book, Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of The New York Times Means for America is a must-read to understand how the Gray Lady ran off the rails. Its early chapters do a remarkable job quickly moving through multiple strains of sociology. The transformation of the newspaper beginning in the 1970s played a surprisingly large role in transforming modern liberalism from its — at least in comparison– relatively sane worldview during the Truman through JFK years to its punitive and often silly successor form. Concurrently, the paper increasingly began to replace its killer app — plenty of hard news reported straight — with increasingly wacky opinion columnists, such as the op-ed above. For a preview of McGowan’s book, click here.

For the last laugh though, and since we haven’t had a chance to link to it earlier this week, Palin’s new post-election video puts a Mama Grizzly spin on the Gipper’s theme of Morning in America:

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