|Whining From Oblivion|
Cheryl (you-owe-me-a-favor) Kernot, in a last ditch attempt to
capitalize on her farcical political career, is about to publish a
book on her rise and folly.
In a far-from-tantalizing sneak preview, excepts were published in
Saturday's The Australian newspaper. Common sense might suggest that the
juiciest and most incriminating mudslinging against the democrats and ALP would
go into the sneak preview to boost sales, but common sense is something that
may not apply to Cheryl Kernot. Cheryl has standards - she won't let money get
in the way of her self-pity. Perhaps her parliamentary superannuation is
sufficient to keep her in feather boas without proceeds from the book.
Cheryl is a confused and bitter woman. On the one hand she bemoans the fact
that she wasn't treated by her male colleagues, then goes on to describe how
she was tricked into posing in a red dress and feather boa
('bordello-madam-style'). I can't imagine any man (Bob (it's-turned-)Brown
notwithstanding) in parliament trying to sell himself as a brothel manager and then
calling himself a media victim.
Cheryl Kernot tried to treat the media like a tap. To turn it on when it suited
her, and turn it off when it didn't.
- Screeching about right to privacy when you have splashed your
(trying-to-be-sexy) photo around Australia makes you look silly.
- Telling people you were naive and 'tricked' into posing for photos
when you have been the long-term leader of a political party raises serious
questions about your competence.
- The media has every right to report your relationship with a
former (high-school) student when you are attempting to affect laws about
- Using such a whining tone in your complaints simply reinforces the
stereotype of women as continually expecting special treatment and being
unwilling to compete on an equal footing as men.
- If you can't stand the heat, get back in the kitchen. Oh, that's right -
you did. Sorry.
Of course now the dilemma faces potential readers. Do they really want to
help the whining Cheryl Kernots of the world by buying her upcoming book? Or
do they want to encourage more politicians to resign and dump on the Democrats
Normally it would be a tough call, but the whining preview favors
former. This (p)reviewer will be waiting until it's remaindered.