Every week, we deliver our picks for the most noteworthy hot air blowers, virtue signalers, and grandstanders in the news.
Douchebag Tom: Lt. General Tom McInerney
Gina Haspel's history of overseeing enhanced interrogation techniques (or "torture," as they're colloquially known) loomed dark over her confirmation hearings for CIA director. Sen. John McCain, who experienced the horror of torture firsthand, opposed her nomination. This made pundits angry.
Taking the lowest possible road, retired Air Force Lieutenant General
Although bashing McCain is becoming increasingly fashionable on the right, this particularly revolting example at least had what one might call a happy ending: Fox announced that McInerney's comments have disqualified him from ever coming on the network again.
Keep your shirt on: Letitia Chai
It started when a professor at Cornell remarked on the skimpiness of Ms. Chai's shorts. It ended in a classroom full of half-naked students.
Being raised on the values of uncompromising intersectionality (her mom is a "Feminist, Gender Studies Professor," after all!), it didn't do for Ms. Chai to focus merely on the puritanical aspects of her professor's comments. In Chai's mind, this seemed to have something to do with race. In recounting the incident, she described her professor as "a white woman," and herself as "Asian."
Actually, she described herself as "more than Asian." (One-dimensionality is for enemies only.)
Meanwhile, we're left to puzzle how exactly race fits into this plot. And how stripping in front of a classroom of 20-year-olds can pass as sticking it to the patriarchy.
Triggered: Oliver North
Speaking of snowflakes...
Heated protest? Activism gone a bit far? No, said North.
And to prove that he has indeed lost all perspective, the head of America's firearm lobby -- an effective, formidable, and practically untouchable political organization run by people who take pride in toting their guns around in public -- suggested that his group is under a more serious threat than activists of the civil rights era.
Oh yeah. He did.