White Men Riding Horses

by William Skink

In yesterdays post, when I mentioned the “outrage” over Ryan Zinke riding a horse to work, I had a post by Nathan Kosted in mind, but when I went looking for it I couldn’t find it. The post was a lazy swipe at Zinke, posing the rhetorical question (and I paraphrase) WHAT OTHER POLITICIAN RIDES HORSES???

Putin, of course, ha ha ha ha ha.

Maybe I just couldn’t find it, but if it was removed I applaud the decision. It shows that maybe, just maybe it’s sinking in that what they’re doing isn’t working, so maybe try something else.

Rob Quist is another example. I know Curtis supporters are pissed, but somewhere in those political noggins they have to understand Quist has a better chance of beating GG than Curtis. I know he’s everything the identity warriors despise–a person with a penis and pale skin–but if you want to win this election, Democrats, Quist just might be your man.

I mean, if you’re willing to over look the lies and corruption of the Clinton clan, I’m sure you can find it within your inclusive liberal hearts to overlook the unfortunate maleness and whiteness of Rob Quist.

Speaking of maleness, I was listening to NPR yesterday and they were talking about the day without women protest, referencing some letter women could give to their partners. I’m assuming they were referencing heterosexual relationships, because the host summarized the letter by reducing it to “honey, you’re doing the dishes tonight.”

I don’t know about other households, but doing the dishes is my job every night, and I’m by no means special. Maybe someone can tell NPR this isn’t the 50’s and men these days share all kinds of household and child-raising duties.

Is there an underlying current of misandry lurking beneath the surface of identity politics? If there is, there probably isn’t a more repellant image than a gloating white man riding horse.

With that context in mind, one could say ID did its readers a favor.

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7 Responses to White Men Riding Horses

  1. Big Swede says:

    Wow, we have something in common. I’ve done the dishes almost exclusively all the years of our marriage, in fact most nights I cook. There isn’t one chore that we don’t share except maybe chores evolving ladders.

    You can’t help but feel sorry for Don at ID, spending all those hours trying to make up buckets of mud with enhanced sticking power. Desperation always brings out the straight jackets (or white dresses) in the party faithful while the wheels are falling off.

  2. Big Swede says:

    Funny how quickly they point out that Rob Quist is a rancher. Most authentic ranchers ride or have ridden horses.

    Of course there’s nothing more diverse as man riding a women’s bike with proper head and eye protection.


  3. Craig Moore says:

    IMHO Mr. Quist is a very decent human being and a man’s man.

    There is a book on Amazon as to why people should vote Democrat. https://www.amazon.com/Reasons-Vote-Democrats-Comprehensive-Guide/dp/1543024971/ref=zg_bs_books_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=14MAFWWE6B43AAQB233Y

    In the comments read the review by Coriolis.

  4. Craig Moore says:

    As to riding horses, what about the bolo ties? http://allenrussell.photoshelter.com/image/I0000U2W89BC5A4U I don’t recall ID objecting back then or rebuking the branding iron veto.

  5. steve kelly says:

    This has been going on for a long time. Signaling the next war? Jacques-Louis David, “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” (1800) comes to mind. Syria is heating up. So much for the fake Trump vs. Neocons bullshit! https://theintercept.com/2017/03/10/marines-tasked-with-firing-howitzers-in-syria-are-just-advisers-says-sean-spicer/

    • JC says:

      Neocons will either get trump under their control, or they will take him out. Pence is much more to their liking. Nothing has, or will change to our foreign policy, covert or overt.

  6. Eric Coobs says:

    I think Quist needs to get out of the starting gate, on a horse if necessary, if he wants to be competitive in this race. So far, the only ads I see are anti-Quist, and Greg Gianforte promoting himself.

    The last few election cycles, the elections in Montana are over the week the mail-in ballots go out.

    And looking at the picture in the Gazette – the small crowd that turned out for Quist was the same tired crowd that reliably shows up for Dem functions – no excitement.

    It’s early, but it’s shaping up like the typical 49-39-5 GOP win for this race.

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