Looks like the Miss USA pageant didn’t want to risk the wrath of the open-borders mob. – Michelle Malkin

She stumbled on her evening gown… then recovered. Grace under pressure can make the difference. So can putting your foot in it. Yes, my fellow Americans, a controversial question in a big beauty pageant can cause a contestant trouble, especially when your answer is televised.

It’s amazing how many people are opining on the Miss USA pageant without knowing a thing about big beauty pageants. Of course, the usual suspects, leading off with Michelle Malkin and Debbie Schlussel, the leading wingnut conspiracy clapper, are both expounding on the issue, particularly upset that the stunningly beautiful Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA instead of Oklahoma’s Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who made the colossal mistake of getting overtly political in an interview session. Ms. Schlussel, who threatened me with a lawsuit in 2007 (pretty hilarious Democratic Underground recap), is going full out on Ms. Fakih’s relatives, as well as who funded her appearance in the pageant, because Schlussel is anti-Arab on all fronts. Malkin goes after Fakih’s ridiculous interview answers, though it’s her runner-up’s support for Arizona’s law that is fueling the whole kerfuffle.

During the interview portion, Fakih was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly. “I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih said.

Woolard handled the night’s toughest question, about Arizona’s new immigration law. Woolard said she supports the law, which requires police enforcing another law to verify a person’s immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

She said she’s against illegal immigration but is also against racial profiling.

“I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America,” Woolard said. “So I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.”

As old-timers around her know, I was in the Miss America pageant, which is not to be confused with Miss USA. I entered pageants to put myself through college, as many know, because it’s the only way I could get it done. In the interview, which in the Miss American pageant back then wasn’t televised, I was asked about busing and integration, which was hitting Missouri at the time. I was very political from a very young age due to the influence of my big brother, so I answered the question pulling no punches. Later I was told, in confidence, that it didn’t help my scoring or my chances (though my only goal was Miss Missouri, as I had my eye on college, then Broadway), especially after a feminist had recently won the Miss America pageant, with rumors running rampant that she’d shown up at a Gillette event with arm pit hair!

But this current kerfuffle is just so silly. Besides, since when did right wingers like Michelle Malkin and the always anti Muslim Debbie Schlussel begin caring about the Miss USA pageant?

Today, everything is political, especially when an Arab-American wins an American pageant, with her runner up being the poster girl for the right’s anti immigrant jihad.

Malkin and Schlussel are upset about one thing, that Miss USA is an Arab-American. Ms. Malkin was also hoping they’d crown the brave young woman who spoke her mind on immigration, but no Miss USA pageant official wants their new winner being asked about something so volatile in her first presser, especially a young woman who touts states rights in a beauty pageant that abhors political controversy.

Seriously, after Carrie Prejean why would Donald Trump want to get into the minefield of immigration?

The big pageants just aren’t what they used to be when politics, including inside the pageant itself, was pushed under the rug and everyone shrugged.

In the 21st century, their value has also diminished and with it the chance poor girls have for getting help for college. But considering Ms. Fakih is 24 years old, I’m not sure I understand why any young woman of that age wouldn’t rather be in the job world.