Define Irony

A favorite movie line of mine has long been: “Define irony. Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.”  (That, of course, is delivered by Steve Buscemi’s ghoulish Garland Greene in Con Air.)  I’ve never been entirely certain whether his wry observation truly qualifies as irony, but ’twas certainly humorous. 

So, yesterday, I read this piece by Allahpundit over at Hot Air: “Video: Convention devoted to women celebrates Ted Kennedy unironically”.  It got me to thinking of the many layers of irony to be found in the party being thrown by those great crusaders against the War on Women.  They certainly are plentiful.  

Thought I’d take this opportunity to share one that jumped out and bit me this morning.  The 2012 Democratic Platform includes this delectable little nugget:

President Obama – the son of a single mother and the father of two daughters – understands that women aren’t a special interest group.
This happens to be the first sentence in a four paragraph section entitled “Women.”  Moreover, the platform uses the term “women” 45 times.  (Note: this doesn’t include the singular “woman,” which is also used four or five times.)  How many times does it use the term “men”?  Eight. 
Good thing the Dems understand that women aren’t a special interest group…..

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