Michele Zipp, fired from the magazine Playgirl soon after publicly identifying herself as a Republican, takes her case to the Fourth Estate:
"Hello Drudge,If Zipp believes that--and I'm not convinced--she has it all wrong.
"After your coverage of my article about coming out and voting Republican, I did receive many letters of support from fellow Republican voters, but it was not without repercussions. Criticism from the liberal left ensued. A few days after the onslaught of liberal backlash, I was released from my duties at Playgirl magazine.
"After underlings expressed their disinterest of working for an outed Republican editor, I have a strong suspicion that my position was no longer valued by Playgirl executives. I also received a phone call from a leading official from Playgirl magazine, in which he stated with a laugh, "I wouldn't have hired you if I knew you were a Republican.
"I just wanted to let you know of the fear the liberal left has about a woman with power possessing Republican views."
No one denies the existence of fetishists who want--even need--their pornography to be administered by Republicans. That's their legitimate right, and society has no business depriving them.
But a pornographer of Zipp's professional accomplishments surely knows that the very idea makes most people gag.
Playgirl, like Drudge, is a respected voice in the mainstream. If its officers and shareholders ever decide to slash profits and circulation by pandering to a tiny fringe of deficit freaks and feeding-tube fetishists, the magazine should welcome the talented Zipp back with open legs.
Of course, most pornography companies would rather make money.
Forget about morals and politics; this case boils down to simple economics. The sexually moderate American majority will never be turned on by anything neo- or pre-emptive. Kudos to the porno publishers for recognizing that. For now, barring another Republican infiltration, we can all go back to enjoying the latest Playgirl over lunch---without having to race to the puke-bucket.