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Thursday, March 27, 2003  

Writing from the Unconscious Subconscious

Norah Vincent is projecting again, drawing her latest scribblings -- as tendered to the credulous editors of the Los Angeles Times and that paper's beleaguered op-ed readers -- from her unconscious subconscious, all the while writing between the lines about nothing and no one but herself.

Today, ostensibly discussing MSNBC's new hit man, Michael Savage, Vincent writes: "Savage committed the grave sin of exercising his right to speak his twisted and mediocre mind." [Emphasis added.]

She then offers this: "In a concerted effort to silence [Savage], GLAAD [the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] has launched a 'public education campaign,' the same Robespierrian enterprise it used to torpedo Dr. [sic] Laura Schlessinger's short-lived television show in 2000."

Robespierrian enterprise. So clever. So wise. So . . . familiar.

Later on, Vincent employs such phrases as "self-righteously opportunistic," "endemic schizophrenia," "myopic selfishness," "decrepitude," and "fatuous posse."

I swear, this woman writes while looking into a mirror.

[Post-publication addendum (March 28): Vincent, by the way, as she pulled together this trite assemblage of her typically schoolgirl prose -- the final moments of the deadline fast approaching, it's plainly clear -- appears in some respects to have been channeling the White House press corps' resident nut case, Lester Kinsolving. (See Kinsolving's "Sodomy Lobby Censorship Aimed at Michael Savage.") Vincent -- a self-styled (and I'm being very generous with the word "styled" here) "pro-life libertarian" -- and Kinsolving are, no doubt, cut of disparate bolts of cloth, but how different are they really?]

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