Dan Riehl on Joan Walsh: 'If she's going to open her mouth, wish she'd do something I might actually enjoy'

Riehl is a conservative blogger who writes for our friends at Breitbart.com. Walsh is editor-at-large of Salon.com.

Riehl was responding to Walsh’s despicable comments about Andrew Breitbart.

Walsh is vile and we can understand being infuriated by her remarks. We were as well.

But the disgusting sexualization and dehumanization that Michelle Malkin wrote about in her “4 stages of conservative female abuse” are always wrong, whether the target is S.E. Cupp, Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin, or a liberal like Joan Walsh. She doesn’t deserve such misogyny. Leave that to Barack Obama’s top PAC donors.

  • IloiloKano

    Yes, it was wrong … but it was funny … and clever … but wrong … so very wrong.

    • SideshowJon36

      Eh, jokes about head are really only funny and clever to 7th graders

      • Nathan Ballein

        and guys everywhere – no matter what the age. I’m 41 and I sprayed coffee all over my screen

        • TonyMontana3

          I’m sure you’d have done the same if Bill Maher had made those joke about Bristol Palin…..right?

          • Darth_Venomous

          • Darth_Venomous

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          • Darth_Venomous

            Sorry for the multiple posts. That’s what I get for using Firefox for Linux, I guess.

          • Darth_Venomous

            Sure. If Bristol Palin had made extremely rude & tacky disparaging remarks about Andrew Breitbart’s “spawn”…oh, wait. She didn’t, did she?

            Nice little straw man you have there. Shame it’s such an epic fail.

          • Nathan Ballein

            I don’t know. If Bristol had posted something like this, then maybe. I do think it’s funny that you’re equating the behavior of Joan Walsh though to someone 20+ years her junior though…because her liberal brain is obviously stunted.

  • midnightgolfer

    C’mon, son. The right isn’t even allowed innuendo. And rightfully so, as it should be above that.

    • TonyMontana3

      The next time Bill Maher says something similar about Bristol Palin, I’m 100% sure you will defend him the same way. Right?

      • IloiloKano

        Didn’t you just say that?

      • midnightgolfer

        Either I wasn’t clear enough for you, or you’ve misunderstood. I am in no way defending anyone’s misogyny. My intent was for those on the right to avoid even innuendo, because they are expected to be above even the appearance, (or insinuation,) of evil. The double standard in old-media pop-culture allows for individuals, like Bill, to skip over even innuendo, and to go go straight for the throat of misogyny, and they get no rebuke, certainly not from the left that loves them.
        I have, on this site even, made comments of disapproval for what Bill pointed out that Hustler did to him. I’d consider that ‘defending’ him, as I called for the right to be empathetic towards even him, when he gets a taste of his own medicine.

        Perhaps you meant to reply to someone else’s comment?

    • http://twitter.com/MiaBurchhomes Mia

      For too long, conservatives were told to ‘rise above it all’ crapola!
      No sir, gloves are off!! I am for one not about to sit around and watch the country go down in toilet!

      • midnightgolfer

        I agree with you wholeheartedly, because I’m certain you don’t think that Dan was making any sort of inappropriate double-entendre.
        However, I agree with the Breitbart editors, and I believe that he was insinuating something that does neither fight against the country going ever leftward down the toilet, nor was it appropriate. I believe it hinted, in words and innuendo, what hustler blatantly did in image and photoshop, to S.E. Cupp. Obviously what Dan said was not nearly as vile as what they did, but it opens the right up to easy, and deserved, accusations of hypocrisy, if we let either one slide, even in jest, or even when using absurdity to demonstrate the absurd. Even Rush apologized quickly and sincerely, to Sandra Fluke, for example.
        But, if I’m wrong, and Dan didn’t mean anything vulgar by what he said, he can surely clarify it, or apologize too.
        However, you are correct in rejecting the double standard. (As they say, the media wouldn’t have any standards at all, if not for their double standard.) I don’t think that means that the right needs to lower the standard it holds itself to, rather, it needs to reject, and prevent if possible, the lowering of the standards that the other side is held to.
        The only possible alternative that I can think of, lacking an apology from Dan, that could make this right, would be if Joan Walsh were to say that she actually would like to ‘open her mouth’ in a way that Dan would enjoy. Except, that still doesn’t make it an appropriate subject for public discourse, and a public voice from the right, like Dan, should consider that most of those to the right, at least further right than say, Joan for example, don’t appreciate what it says about us, when one of ‘our own’ says something like, “suck on this,” especially when previous statements leave little room for it not to be taken literally, and even when not meant literally, there are far better phrases, and much more effective ways, to “not sit around.”

        As far as “rise above it all” being crappola, I’d agree, if that meant Bush never explaining or defending his decisions as commander in chief, or the lazy ineptitude of the McCain campaign. However, it is a worthwhile virtue, to attempt to stay above the fray, especially if we hope to maintain the clout that the left envies so much, when we call them out for so frequently taking it another notch lower. What I’m saying is, don’t let them, nor the leadership at the RNC, redefine what “rise above it all” is supposed to mean. It’s like how we should also try to prevent politically correct language from stealing our words away from us, as “liberal,” “progressive,” “hate,” and so many other words mean nothing any more.
        It is a virtue to “rise above it all,” it is not crappola, and the fact that the right, for the most part, has not rejected it, it is one of those precious things that differentiates the two sides.

  • Joe W.

    Dan’s comment only proves that even the best of us conservatives can only take so much from these cretins on the left. Sometimes we need to get down in the gutter with the vermin maggots to really flush them out. Joan Walsh deserved what she got and more.

  • Dr_Tesla

    Dan is kind of an idiot most of the time. He has not embraced the concept of professionalism and that has probalby hurt his career as a pundit.

  • Dr_Tesla

    I wouldn’t want Joan Walsh’s teeth near any of my body parters. :)

  • Dr_Tesla

    Well, I don’t know if I would call Dan the best of us conservatives. It’s the kind of thing that liberals will use against us. Breitbart wasn’t perfect either, he accused some OWS protesters of rape even though that particular group was not raping anybody. Everybody lionizes Breibart now but that’s the kind of thing he seems to have encouraged among some conservatives, kind of pointless combative interactions with liberal activists.