Reagan spawn coming of age

Reagan spawn coming of age

by digby

How droll:

“I’d rather be a lady of the evening than a feminist"

Well, it is traditional women's work.

Long is Kristen Gillibrand's opponent, a hardcore Phyllis Schlaffley wannabe:

Ms. Long eventually went to work for The Dartmouth Review, an association that Democrats now point out to portray her as an extreme ideologue. She served as an editor, and during that time, the paper published incendiary articles on issues like race, sexual orientation, affirmative action and what conservatives viewed as the liberal excesses of the day. Ms. Long did not write any of the articles, but she clearly found a home among the self-styled, conservative provocateurs there: “I’d rather be a lady of the evening than a feminist,” she was quoted as saying in an issue of the paper, displaying the satirical edge she has shown on the campaign trail these days...

In 1990, eight years after she graduated, Ms. Long made a trip to Hanover to deal with widespread student and faculty protests that had broken out after The Dartmouth Review printed lines from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Ms. Long, then a trustee of the paper, arrived on campus with Dinesh D’Souza, one of the newspaper’s founders, to hold a news conference, in which they publicly apologized on the paper’s behalf and said that the lines had been slipped into the newspaper without the editors’ knowledge.

In the coming weeks, two of Ms. Long’s more famous classmates, Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio host, and Mr. D’Souza, who just completed a controversial film about President Obama, will hold a fund-raiser for her.

The hardcore right goes way back and this period --- the Reagan years --- was particularly fertile and spawned a great many wingnuts. Many of them are politically coming into their own.

Luckily, Long is not expected to win. It is New York, after all, and Gillibrand is popular. But this is the type of candidate they have on their bench, even in the northeast and far west. It's a problem. For them.