Stewart Baker just did that. Boy, howdy: The Sex secrets of the TSA?
It’s Thanksgiving weekend, when most of us get to spend at least some time thinking about TSA. I’ve spent mine puzzling over the roots of TSA-hatred.Wow. The comments to that post are interesting, as are the comments to Jonathan Adler's Wow, didn't Stewart really open a can of worms one. The first comment to that post is interesting:
There’s no doubt that it’s virulent. As a privacy skeptic and national security conservative, I’m used to hostile comments. But it’s only when I defend TSA that the comments go beyond hostile to visceral and occasionally even spittle-flecked.
Why is that? Notwithstanding the venom of the TSA-haters, polls show that most Americans support TSA, including the decision to use whole body scanners. But for a very vocal minority opposing the agency isn’t political. It’s personal.
I can’t explain the women who hate TSA with a passion, though I’m not sure how many there are.
Baker's post "touched a nerve" because it is insulting and beyond idiotic. The idea that women are going to be turned on by the involuntary guy on guy action in the security line, combined with the idea that men object to the screenings because of some kind of anxiety over their performance while being groped, is terribly offensive and litteraly the stupidest thing anybody has ever written on this blog. The fact that Baker would make this comments as one of the authors of the TSA policy shows him to be just a sick individual. It is not at all surprising that this is the TSA mindset.[emphasis mine] Note that the blog allows readers to rate a comment as positive or negative. As I write this the score is 110 like vs. 2 dislike.
This shows that even a "libertarian" blog can be infested with statist pricks. I had not known that Baker had been the #2 (or #3) man at the Department of Homeland Security. But his view into the American Psyche is telling - the commenter to Adler's post has it precisely correct. Baker wrote TSA policy. The TSA is his baby.
Own it, Baker.
This was quite an insight for me as to the Volokh Conspiracy site. Branding is a simple thing, but people forget that it's a two way street - people you work with can help your brand, but they can also hurt it. I'll never run across that blog without the words "statist pricks" whispering in the back of my head.
And oh yeah, you should read Ken at Popehat on this, where our very own TJIC shows up in the comments with his patented form of snark.