As I watched Sally Quinn say on CNN this morning that there's a "tipping point" to when a woman should stay at home, barefoot, cooking & cleaning for her kids (and apparently, while Quinn was referring to Palin's Down syndrome 5th child, in reality the actual tipping point she was referring to is political ideology), I saw this column in National Review by my favorite Democrat, Victor Davis Hanson:
Sarah Palin and Her DiscontentsDespite what the insiders of both political stripes may say, Palin was the right pick for McCain as she has the ability to connect with the small town, Wal-Mart Republicans that could put them over the top.
Sneering power-women and the foul whiff of aristocratic disdain.
By Victor Davis Hanson
There is something ignoble about these elite, affluent, and well-connected observers in smug fashion savaging Palin, when — especially in the case of the sneering power-women — we should all at least grant that Palin is intrinsically bright, energetic, savvy, and independent to have come this far at all, given the slanted and insider rules of the game she’s in.
When we consider, in contrast, the latticed background of careers of successful contemporary female role-model politicians, such as a Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Mary Landrieu, or Hillary Clinton — or pundits like Sally Quinn, Eleanor Clift, Andrea Mitchell, Campbell Brown, Gail Collins (the list is depressingly endless, in which marriage or lineage provides either the necessary capital, contacts, or insider influence — or sometimes all three) — then surely, whatever one’s politics, there should be some concession that what outsider Palin has accomplished, given where she began, is nothing short of remarkable.
In short, Sarah Palin is the emblem of what feminism was supposed to be all about: an unafraid, independent, audacious woman, who soared on her own merits without the aid of a patriarchal jumpstart, high-brow matrimonial tutelage and capital, and old-boy liaisons and networking.
Instead this entire sorry episode of personal invective against, and jealousy toward, Sarah Palin is surreal. Given the rising backlash, Palin Derangement Syndrome may prove to be the one thing, fairly or not, that sinks Barack Obama.
ARC: St Wendeler