On Tuesday night, Alex Wagner gave the latest example of "if it weren't for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all" (a regular saying of conservative talk show host Chris Plante). The MSNBC host took to Twitter to slam Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's fireside setting, where she delivered the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union: "Living room. Lady on a settee. Where's the needlepoint?"
Conservatives struck back at this condescending attack from one of MSNBC's resident uber-feminists. Townhall.com's Kevin W. Glass pointed out what would have happened if the roles were reversed:
Holy cow if a conservative said this about a Democratic woman... RT @alexwagner: Living room. Lady on a settee. Where's the needlepoint?— Kevin W. Glass (@KevinWGlass) January 29, 2014
Several – including Andy Levy, co-host of Fox News Channel's Red Eye – snarkily replied by using the left-wing channel's oft-used "war on women" attack headline as a hashtag. Conservative talker Derek Hunter of Baltimore-area radio station WBAL shot back, "It's an office. Had you had a real job in life you'd recognize one." The Blaze's Steve Krakauer, formerly of Mediaite.com, expressed his surprise:
Wow. This tweet really happened. RT @alexwagner: Living room. Lady on a settee. Where's the needlepoint?— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) January 29, 2014
But one of the more creative replies to Wagner's patronizing Tweet came from Twitter user @redsteeze, who replied directly to the MSNBC anchor by linking to a YouTube video of Hillary Clinton's 2007 announcement that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee. The former New York senator gave her statement in a similar setting as Rep. McMorris Rodgers.
Mediaite's Andrew Kirell noticed @redsteeze's retort, and wondered, "Curious to know how Wagner would have reacted if someone had said something similar about this Hillary Clinton video."