Bloomberg Businessweek (Accidentally?) Makes It Clear That Elizabeth Warren Critics Are Primarily Animated By Sexism

Bloomberg Businessweek (Accidentally?) Makes It Clear That Warren Critics Are Primarily Animated By Sexism

I'm going to generously assume that the weird, critical, slam-book-style bubbles that dot the cover of the July 11-17 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, touting an Elizabeth Warren cover story, are simply an interpretaive way of sending up Warren's myopic critics, and not the magazine itself commenting on a woman whose most fervent desire is for ordinary Americans to have intelligible loan and credit-card agreements.

All the same, seeing Warren's picture dotted with epithets like "smug" and "entitled" and "know-it-all" causes a tiny secretion of bile to churn in my bowels. Ask a woman what the barb "know-it-all" means to her, and I'm guessing you'll hear back something like, "It means I kept using my brain even after no one wanted to fuck me anymore" -- to bastardize a line from Tina Fey.

Beyond that, the only thing I'd point out is that within that coterie of "acceptable Beltway economic opinion-havers," there is smugness and entitlement in abundance. If the raw power of the smugness contained in a single Robert Rubin smirk were unleashed, it would collapse our entire galaxy. In fact, many of the snipe-goops drizzled on Warren's cover would make a lot more sense on this one:

You know that the photographer didn't ask those three, "Give me your best smug poses." They just did what came naturally!

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