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Friday, September 05, 2008

VDH on Palin

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 Discontents
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.
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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.
Despite 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.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (3)
Monterey John said...

The reaction of the Lefties to Palin is dispicable. It has been so far over the top that it may in fact sink the Obama campaign. That remains to be seen.

That said, the Palin choice is the very definition of "high risk." I cringe at the thought of McCain having a heart attack. She is patently unprepared to assume the Presidency. That is not to say the Democrat nominees have the advantage.

There is only one person out of the four running for national office prepared to be president, that is John McCain. Obama is a joke. Rudy had it just right, he is resume challenged, community organizer indeed. Biden is a hack and a windbag. God only knows what sort of disasters he could bumble into.

McCain knows this and he selected Palin for political reasons and for compatibility reasons. Palin is an attractive character and is likely to appeal to constituencies McCain might not otherwise reach. She also is an outspoken reformer and clearly a principled person.

But what have the Lefties chosen to do? They go after Palin's 17 year old daughter and advance all sorts of whacko conspiracies. I guess they can not help themselves. That's who they are and how they think. Pathetic.

nick said...

I think she should stay at home, barefoot, cooking & cleaning for her kids.

St Wendeler said...

The coming months of Sept & October will determine whether Palin's up for the job of breaking ties in the Senate, attending state funerals, and inquiring as to the health of the president.

The Dems keep trying to say that Palin is Dan Quayle. Unfortunately for them, Quayle had more elected experience than Obama.

And, from a political standpoint, it appears that the Palin choice is an early success.