Pouting for Palin

Rebecca Traister over at Salon expressed my opinion on the new poor poor Sarah party that is sweeping the nation. It seems that it is now okay to lower the bar, and lower expectations, or give her a pass-because she’s a girl.  Big bad boys (and Katie Couric) just won’t give her a break, so let her be charming and folksy, let her be herself, let her be show us all that she’s regular folk-just like the rest of us.

Well this regular folk doesn’t care about charming, this regular folk wants someone prepared for the job. This morning on NPR I heard Nina Totenberg say it again- women are turning out in droves at Palin rally because “Many people, particularly women, are thrilled to see someone like themselves on stage, and Palin is a spunky speaker, as she demonstrated during a Pennsylvania rally last week.”


Someone like themselves?

Not like me. Not like the women I know. Granted we are all the same gender, some of us have reproduced , and many are juggling jobs and children, spouses, and families. But, that’s where it ends. The women I know are managing very successful careers-true success brought on by years of education, hard work, and individual accomplishment. The women I know can talk about their work, their ideas, and what they bring to the table in an articulate manner. The women I know know what they know-and they know that just because they can see the moon from the office window doesn’t mean they are prepared to be astronauts. The women I know read the papers, listen to the news, and ponder the world outside their household. And none of them think its cute to come up lacking-and all of them are desperately trying to make sure that their daughters know the same thing.

(From Salon, emphasis is mine.)

Sarah Palin is no wilting flower. She is a politician who took the national stage and sneered at the work of community activists. She boldly tries to pass off incuriosity and lassitude as regular-people qualities, thereby doing a disservice to all those Americans who also work two jobs and do not come from families that hand out passports and backpacking trips, yet still manage to pick up a paper and read about their government and seek out experience and knowledge.

When you don’t take your own career and reputation seriously enough to pause before striding onto a national stage and lying about your record of opposing a Bridge to Nowhere or using your special-needs child to garner the support of Americans in need of healthcare reform you don’t support, I don’t feel bad for you.
When you don’t have enough regard for your country or its politics to cram effectively for the test — a test that helps determine whether or not you get to run that country and participate in its politics — I don’t feel bad for you.

When your project is reliant on gaining the support of women whose reproductive rights you would limit, whose access to birth control and sex education you would curtail, whose healthcare options you would decrease, whose civil liberties you would take away and whose children and husbands and brothers (and sisters and daughters and friends) you would send to war in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and wherever else you saw fit without actually understanding international relations, I don’t feel bad for you.


This is not the time for coddling. This is not the time for pity. This is the time for…well let’s let another cutie do the talking from one of the best feel good political movies ever:

We have serious problems to solve and we need serious people to solve them.

Oh for Sarah’s 15 minutes to be “up”.


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