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First it was a salvo against the right: Playboy published a top 10 list of conservative women – with such lovely qualifiers as

But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f*ck. We may despise everything these women represent, but godd*mmit they’re hot. Let the healing begin.

Not unprecedented since the Palin carnage, but some tribute to post-partisanship! I believe the list, published on line was withdrawn immediately, but not before the other side got a gander at it and expressed righteous indignation. Only now, some decided to retaliate, by making their own list of liberal women.

The tone is deliberately less outrageous than Playboy – after all, this comes from the aggrieved party. But it has this claim to license:

However, I thought, “Gee, I don’t know the women on the liberal side and they all already think I’m a sexist pig by virtue of being a conservative, so I’m home free!”

And then, more revealing, there is a request to those who comment:

Also, let me caution you — be nice in the comments section. Women in politics have it rough enough without people denigrating their looks.

Even more revealing, the comments section was closed – and not one comment is allowed.

So, I will just make one here, on my blog:

Maureen Dowd is a liberal woman?????

OK, I feel better now. I can resume blogging.

What we are witnessing is not really a war. Seems to me the political factions are trying to follow the Obama post-partisan example and find common ground – the same common ground that put Obama where he is: the demeaning of women. Finally a subject they all can bond over. Hail the Post-partisan era! Misogynists from both aisles, unite!

And since I ended with Obama’s effectivenes, here’s what Obama thinks about the power of his own speeches:

“No one speech is going to solve every problem,” Obama said in an interview with the BBC”

As long as he is modest….