Ann Coulter

The spokesbunny further said she understood that Gore had to be acting "squeaky clean." (Having your presidential candidate steer clear of cavorting with bunnies at the Playboy mansion evidently constitutes "squeaky clean" in Democratic circles.)

But recognizing the genius of his running mate's "Conscience of the Party" scam, Gore has recently taken to expressing his own deep moral conscience by claiming to be troubled by the event with somewhat more fanfare. Presumably, the Playboy fund-raiser will still go on, just as Lieberman still voted the party line to save Clinton's hide.

The Playboy spokesbunny responded indignantly to the Democrats' newfound phony opposition to the Playboy fund-raiser, saying, "the only difference between a party at the mansion and a party at the White House is that you got Hef walking around." That, admittedly, is an improvement.

In point of fact, the Democrats have no quarrel with Playboy: Both want to liberate women to behave like pigs, have sex without consequence, prance about naked and abort children. Playboy is the incarnation of Soccer Mom theory. A white trash, horn-dog president who treats women like ashtrays is its apotheosis.

As a matter of course, Hugh Hefner and his (non-aborted) daughter have donated more than $26,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and at least $8,500 to Gore's political campaigns over the last five years.

The Playboy Foundation is also a big contributor to the National Organization for Women, the Women's Action Alliance, Emily's List (for electing liberal women to office), Feminists for Free Expression, Voters for Choice, Planned Parenthood, and the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.

A chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has presented Hugh Hefner with its Man of the Year Award. Hefner has been recognized repeatedly and had "Hugh Hefner" days named in his honor by the mayors of Los Angeles and Chicago. Guess which party the mayors belonged to?

As a local official with the National Organization for Women explained: "Whatever feminist argument you can make as to whether Playboy Enterprises are bad for women, Christina Hefner and Hugh Hefner have more than proven that they're supporters of progressive causes." So "progressive cause" is what we're calling abortion now?

Liberals persist in talking about feminism and "women's issues" as if they have something to do with women's interests, rather than the exclusive and rather single-minded obsession with sticking forks in babies' heads. In this goal, they are of one mind with Playboy.