I can't say I enjoy Debra Saunders' writing, but I do enjoy the concept of Debra Saunders
. In a city where polar opposites like Chris Daly and Gavin Newsom are, officially, members of the same party, perhaps it's worthwhile to know what an actual Republican is thinking now and then without phoning up James Fang
Sure, Saunders' ideas may often be horrible, and expressed poorly to boot -- but it's worth gleaning that there are people who really feel this way. Right?
And yet, I really can't see much redeeming value in her blog post on SFGate yesterday
: two paragraphs ridiculing President Barack Obama for -- gasp! -- wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, which Saunders seems to feel makes him less of a man.
In the course of just 50-odd words, she manages to be inane, boorish, hypocritical, and alarmingly factually inaccurate.
Imagine a photo of Obama riding a blue bicycle while outfitted in a matching blue helmet -- the Chron
subscribes to AP and we do not, so you'll have to see the picture here
-- with the following text, which we reprint in toto:
What does the president think is going to happen to him if he doesn't
wear a helmet riding this snail's-pace bicycle in the midst of a
security entourage in slow-lane Martha's Vineyard?
Americans used to like presidents who looked resilient, masculine,
fearless. Think JFK, who dispensed with those old-guy hats. Now we go
for overprotected look (sic).
Why not add training wheels?