Palin should be laughingstock to all feminists

September 13, 2008

Source: Sun Times
I hate that Palin reminds me of Susan Sarandon’s feisty character in “Thelma & Louise.” I loved Sarandon in that movie, yet I couldn’t stand Palin’s feistiness at the Republican National Convention.

Sarah Palin makes me sick — not because she may speak in tongues — but because she is a fast talker.

Not even ABC’s Charlie Gibson can slow Palin’s mouth.

I disagree with the people who claim Gibson caught her off guard during her interview when he asked her whether she agreed with the “Bush Doctrine.”

“In what respect?” Palin fired back without so much as a stutter.

In fact, it was Gibson doing the sputtering as he pressed Palin to answer a question that he didn’t seem to know the answer to himself.

It irks me that Palin is being painted as some kind of “New Age Feminist” by the so-called “elite” media.

She isn’t.

Palin is a fresh face on a weary campaign trail, and a jack-in-the-box in this election.

But Palin isn’t running against Barack Obama. McCain is, and the media seem to have forgotten that.

‘Reform-minded’? That’s a stretch
Frankly, Sarah Palin scares me.

How did Cindy McCain put it during her speech at the Republican convention?

“John has picked a reform-minded . . . hockey-mommin’ . . . basketball-shootin’ . . . moose-huntin’ . . . fly-fishin’ . . . pistol-packing . . . mother of five for vice president.”

The basketball-shootin’, moose-huntin’, fly-fishin’ and pistol-packing might hold up.

But we know that the “reform-minded” is a bit of a stretch. Palin is under investigation for allegedly abusing her power by trying to have her ex-brother-in-law fired.

On Friday, the legislative panel investigating the charges announced it would subpoena Palin’s husband, Todd, and a dozen other witnesses.

During the last two weeks, media reports have raised other questions, including:

• • Palin’s practice of billing the state for expenses incurred while staying in her own home.

• • Revelations that as mayor of Wasilla, she hired a Washington lobbyist to help her bring $27 million in earmarks to the small town.

• • And according to a profile of Palin that appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of Newsweek, Palin has given her friends jobs and appointed lobbyists to oversee industries they used to represent.

“Her record shows her to be, in many ways, a typical politician who rewards her friends and punishes her enemies,” the article said.

Living in a city where political corruption is as common as a cold, I can see how the McCain campaign got away with packaging Palin as a reformer.

As for “hockey-mommin,” that’s a stretch, too.

Palin is the governor of Alaska. Granted, Alaska is a sparsely populated state, but being governor of any state has to be a full-time job.

Extreme views on abortion, abstinence
Even with a supportive husband, I doubt seriously that Palin has time to be a hockey mom unless she is making a personal appearance on a campaign trail.

And while 7-year-old Piper Palin gave the world a fuzzy moment on stage at the convention when she licked her hand and smoothed her baby brother’s hair, and when Bristol, 17 and pregnant, held Trig against her chest while her mother shook the hands of adoring fans, I couldn’t help but wonder what it’s really like for these kids.

After all, there’s no such thing as a superwoman, and children of driven moms make their own sacrifices.

Sarah Palin makes me sick because although black Democrats have been responsible for giving white candidates the boost they needed to beat their Republican opponents in tight races, these voters are now being insulted by feminists who say they will cross over into the McCain camp because of her.

How can that be?

Palin’s extreme views on abortion (she once said she would be against her daughter having an abortion even in the case of incest or rape) and her support of abstinence-only programs should make her a laughingstock to feminists.

Instead, she’s a star.

That ought to be enough to make any true feminist sick.

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