ASPEN, Colo. – Gary Hubbell, a long-time columnist for The Aspen Times, has hit it big — if getting your column read word-for-word by radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is considered a success.
He wrote a recent column titled: “In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man.”
An excerpt: “The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.”
And: “He’s a man’s man, the kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, hunt white-tailed deer, call turkeys, play golf, spend a few bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon, change his own oil and build things… Women either love him or hate him, but they knew he’s a man, not a dishrag. ….He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotype of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules, and learn English.
And, he says, all Angry White Men hate the mere sound of Hillary Clinton’s voice.
The column, in addition to being much-discussed by Limbaugh and like-minded talk-show hosts also generated hundreds of thousands of hits to the Aspen Times website. It also generated hundreds of e-comments, hundreds of phone calls, and hundreds of letters to the paper.
Many of the comments were favourable. The Aspen Times reported that Hubbell’s rant was making the rounds on the Internet.
Hubbell, 45, said that some, but not all, of the opinions of the Angry White Man are his. But mostly it was meant to describe people he’s known, including the 400 or so elk hunters for whom he has worked as a hunting outfitter during the past eight years. He most specifically modeled the Angry White Man on a golf pro he knows, a Vietnam vet.
Another columnist in Aspen, Roger Marolt, who is white and sometimes sounds angry, says in his column that the “angry white man” who is tired of victims is, in fact, the loudest bellyaching victim of all.
“He boasts to everyone of working hard, paying his taxes, taking care of his family, and then uses these noble acts as weapons to fire against single mothers, children of illegal immigrants, gays, the homeless and anyone else who might supplant him as having a more difficult struggle in life.”