Why Is Marty Peretz Calling Wes Clark a Woman?

Martin Peretz, the curmudgeon of Cambridge and guy who writes the checks for editor of The New Republic, is at it again.

It's almost too crazy to believe, but buried within this rant against Hillary Clinton's 2008 candidacy is an attack on General Wesley Clark's gender.

No wonder that Bill Clinton flies with frequency to Dubai and other sand eruptions in the Gulf to speak at conference after conference on topics so orotund that no one reports what he says. But isn't it a degradation of the presidency for this former president to shmooze, for money and money alone, with men (yes, only men) who want from him only his presence? But perhaps this sexism is a relief. The robed hosts do allow women to be among their foreign guests. At least they allow Madame Albright, who flatters them, also to address them. And Wesley Clark. But Clinton is the king of the Emirates Airline route. The indisputable king. [Emphasis mine]
Clark has traveled to Dubai as recently as this month to discuss his ideas for the region. Is Peretz calling him a woman for doing so, or does Peretz normally call him that? Whatever the reason, it is incomprehensible.

Or maybe he's trying to end the year with a bang? His inanity seemed to plateau in August, when he used his authority over "the creation" of "the peace candidate" to dismiss Ned Lamont as "just simpleminded." Then blaming Bill Clinton for Joe Lieberman's primary loss. Seriously.

When Clinton came into the state, Lieberman and Lamont were running dead even in the polls, more or less. Clinton's appearance began Lieberman's decline. Within two or three days, Lieberman was down by ten points.
Really, how could he top that?

Right. By calling a combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, taught-himself-to-walk-without-a-limp-so -he-could-continue-to-serve four star general and former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe a woman.

Tags: Bill Clinton, Dubai, Joe Lieberman, Marty Peretz, Ned Lamont, The New Republic, Wesley Clark (all tags)

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