January 9, 2008

Iron My Primary

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if a radio show stunt revived the momentum of a candidate’s campaign and ended up changing the course of history? Or, at leas,t contributed to that course?

In Salem, a protestor showed up at a Clinton rally with a big sign yelling “Iron my shirt!!!” repeatedly before he was led out of the auditorium. Senator Clinton used it as an opportunity to talk about the glass ceiling.

Immediately, right-wing paranoiacs with keyboards like Michelle Malkin wasted no time in implying that Clinton had staged the protest as some sort of opportunity to rant about sexism. All that’s needed is an implication, because then the ditto-heads come out and just fill in the blanks. It was obviously staged by Hillary Clinton, right?

So yesterday it was the planted question “Who does your hair?” causing her breakdown, and today it’s a staged “Iron my shirts?” She is sick. - (Some Freeper)

Unfortunately for the paranoid Clintomaniacs, it was not staged by the Clintons. Instead, it was a joke engineered by Boston radio station hosts. It’s pretty clear to people familiar with Toucher and Rich.

But, what if the paranoids were at least right about the possible effect of the protest? The incident got a mention in Maureen Dowd’s column today:

When Hillary hecklers yelled “Iron my shirt!” at her in Salem on Monday, it stirred sisterhood.

The joke isn’t completely ironic; there is more than a touch of sexism behind it. It was not done in support of Hillary. But my sense of irony is one of my keenest1, and I can’t help but be amused today by the idea that “Iron My Shirt” may have helped save a campaign which the press was in the process or writing off. Of course it’s not as simple as that. It never is. But it is ironic.

Oh, and props to the paranoid Clintomaniacs for being amusing in their own right. Keep on keepin’ on!

1 My sense of irony is, sadly, much stronger than my grasp of politics. But I try.

Posted by James at January 9, 2008 1:46 PM
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Thanks, I read that too and wondered WTF and WTH did "Iron my shirt" come from. Maybe next Dowd will quote an LOLcat caption.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at January 9, 2008 2:15 PM

Irony my shirts!

Posted by: Julie at January 9, 2008 3:50 PM

Ha! Well punned, Julie.

Posted by: James at January 9, 2008 4:04 PM

I had NPR's "All Things Considered" on last night on the way home and heard briefly something about "iron my shirt" but I wasn't really paying attention.

I wonder how those two WBCN dudes feel, knowing they were instrumental in her campaign...

Posted by: Patti M. at January 10, 2008 1:40 PM

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