WASHINGTON, January 18, 2018: In Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris,” troubled novelist Gil (Owen Wilson) miraculously goes back in time to 1920s Paris and meets his hero Earnest Hemingway (Corey Stoll). I thought of the “self-effacing” Gil while watching New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker experience something of a schoolgirl meltdown during a Capitol Hill hearing supposedly on Homeland Security.
Some much-needed mansplaining
Gil tells Hemingway he’s “having a hard time trusting someone” to evaluate his new novel and asks Hemingway if he will read his 400-page tome.
“My opinion is I hate it,” Hemingway says without hesitation.
Gil is shocked, “I mean, you haven’t even read it.”
“If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer… Writers are competitive.”
Gil smiles sheepishly, “I’m not going to be competitive with you.”
“You’re too self-effacing,” says the irritated Hemingway, “It’s not manly.”
Hemingway and Gil are men of their times. Hemingway exemplifies the stoic, hard-drinking, war-fighting, big-game hunting, early 20th century American man of action.
Gil is the conflicted, feminized metro-sexual of today; more comfortable with emoting than engaging in the kind of virile actions which emanate from an aggressive male certitude.
The eeekkk heard round the world
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee were far more anxious to learn if President Trump had used the true, if vulgar, description of dysfunctional Third World cesspools as “sh**holes” than stemming the threat posed by ISIS-sympathetic lone-wolves to America.
A portion of the long-winded eeekkk Sen. Booker emoted to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen went as follows:
“When Dick Durban called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in that [Oval Office DACA] meeting. And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain, and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues, saying, ‘I’ve already answered that line of questions,’ when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now, because of what they’re worried about what happened in the White House. That’s unacceptable to me.”
The flat GOP response
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, was quick to accuse Booker of sexism while appearing on CNN:
“I just think it would have been covered differently if it were a Republican senator yelling or lecturing a woman coming before the Senate… and he was mansplaining to her.”
Hardly. There was nothing chauvinistic about it.
If, as Booker claims, there are “tens of millions of Americans… hurting right now” over Trump’s verbal excursion into extravagant male exposition, then the weepy Cory Booker and his male followers should be aggressively chided over their serious lack of testosterone.
Their self-effacing, “tearful rage” is, to put it bluntly, unmanly.