Instead of apologizing for pageant judge Perez Hilton's vile behavior, the pageant director of the Miss California contest, Keith Lewis, sent a note to Hilton throwing Prejean under the bus: "I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. . . . Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."Ergo, Perez Hilton, OK; Carrie Prejean, not OK. Secular liberalism, OK; religious conservatism, not OK. The values of the media-culture mainstream are clear, and the price of publicly rejecting those values is equally clear.
Please allow me to call to your attention the continued shifting of the tectonic plates of American politics, as Michelle Malkin moves steadily into alignment with Robert Spencer and Pam Geller, while Charles Johnson drifts toward Meghan McCain. Meanwhile, Carrie Prejean comes out of the closet as a Tea Party conservative. I am once again reminded of Phyllis Chesler and The Camp of the Saints.
UPDATE II: No Sheeples Here notes that, although Miss California didn't win the crown, Perez Hilton is a total queen. Meanwhile, Donald Douglas is exploiting the controversy with admirable shamelessness.
Rule 5A -- "Everybody Loves a Pretty Girl" -- explains both the value of Miss Prejean's courage in speaking up, and the rage of the Left against her. The Left knows very well what I learned more than two decades ago while working as a nightclub DJ: Wherever the pretty girls are, that's where everyone wants to be.
This is why Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter drive 'em nuts. Beauty is associated with prestige, and when a beautiful woman declares herself a conservative, she effectively undermines the prestige of liberalism. If you've contemplated Thomas Sowell's The Vision of the Anointed, you understand that liberals think of themselves as more sophisticated and enlightened than the benighted "masses."
This self-congratulatory liberal self-conception is contradicted when their ideology is not embraced by prestige-conferring beauties. Liberals have no problem getting their agenda endorsed by airhead Hollywood starlets, but whenever one encounters the confluence of beauty and brains, conservative beliefs are far more prevalent.
My beautiful and intelligent conservative wife is sufficient evidence of that phenomenon, but noting the "progressive" outrage over Tom Tancredo's appearance at the University of North Carolina, perhaps Mrs. Other McCain won't mind my adducing other evidence of the widespread appeal of Youth For Western Civilization: Rep. Tom Tancredo and young extremist Clever S. Logan. (Better watch your step, Big Sexy, or these right-wingers will have you deported.)
UPDATE III: Linked at Memeorandum, with this observation from Dan Riehl: "It's getting so one can hardly express a critical thought if it isn't acceptable to the Left."
UPDATE IV: Allahpundit has video of an interview with Miss North Carolina, who won the Miss USA pageant because of Miss California's political disqualification.
UPDATE V: "Sometimes you read something that makes you want to stand up and applaud. This is one of those!"
UPDATE VI: Donald Douglas, all-around extremist.