“I feel sorry for my friends who are Republicans. They don’t have a party,” Gloria Steinem told The Observer recently. Having had the pleasure of running into Ms. Steinem at a charity function, she took the opportunity to castigate the Republican party—and certainly did not shy from naming names. The discussion began with Occupy Wall Street, a movement which she wholeheartedly supports. We asked Ms. Steinem if she intended to join the protestors. “I’ve always joined them,” she said, somewhat obliquely. We sized up her flowing red robe and decided that she had not been camping in Zuccotti. We then asked Ms. Steinem how Americans sympathetic to #Occupy could get involved without quitting their jobs and pitching tents. “They can insist that people who are millionaires and billionaires pay taxes at the same rate as everyone else. And as you know that’s the Warren Buffett initiative, 75% of Americans agree with it,” she said.
She then moved to decry the entire Republican party which, she says, “is not composed of republicans.”The party has been overtaken by fanatical radicals who oppose measures the majority of Americans support, she inveighed. “It’s composed of extremeists, like the Koch brothers.” Looking pleased with herself, Ms. Steinem gave us a smile and proceeded into the party.