Different River

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September 10, 2008

Pro-Choice Lesbian Feminists for Palin

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:33 am

I don’t know how many people are in that club, but at least two are well-known commentators, Tammy Bruce and Camile Paglia.

Tammy Bruce, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:

In the shadow of the blatant and truly stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and as a pro-choice feminist, I wasn’t the only one thrilled to hear Republican John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. For the GOP, she bridges for conservatives and independents what I term “the enthusiasm gap” for the ticket. For Democrats, she offers something even more compelling – a chance to vote for a someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don’t agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.

The [Democratic] party has moved from taking the female vote for granted to outright contempt for women. That’s why Palin represents the most serious conservative threat ever to the modern liberal claim on issues of cultural and social superiority. Why? Because men and women who never before would have considered voting for a Republican have either decided, or are seriously considering, doing so.

On the day McCain announced her selection as his running mate, Palin thanked Clinton and Ferraro for blazing her trail. A day later, Ferraro noted her shock at Palin’s comment. You see, none of her peers, no one, had ever publicly thanked her in the 24 years since her historic run for the White House. Ferraro has since refused to divulge for whom she’s voting. Many more now are realizing that it does indeed take a woman – who happens to be a Republican named Sarah Palin.

Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, writes in Salon:

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. … Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna … .

Over the Labor Day weekend, with most of the big enchiladas of the major media on vacation, the vacuum was filled with a hallucinatory hurricane in the leftist blogosphere, which unleashed a grotesquely lurid series of allegations, fantasies, half-truths and outright lies about Palin. What a tacky low in American politics — which has already caused a backlash that could damage Obama’s campaign. When liberals come off as childish, raving loonies, the right wing gains. I am still waiting for substantive evidence that Sarah Palin is a dangerous extremist. I am perfectly willing to be convinced, but right now, she seems to be merely an optimistic pragmatist like Ronald Reagan, someone who pays lip service to religious piety without being in the least wedded to it. I don’t see her arrival as portending the end of civil liberties or life as we know it.

One Response to “Pro-Choice Lesbian Feminists for Palin”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Hardly!

    The Republican Party is accomplishing two things (ok there are probably more, but these two are important) by selecting Palin as McCain’s running mate:

    – Making themselves look modern and progressive by running a female candidate. Now voters don’t feel obliged to vote for Obama because of his race, because they can vote for Palin because of her gender.

    – Setting women’s rights and respect back decades. The first female in over 20 years with a shot at the Vice Presidency is completely unqualified. Now, nobody should use Palin’s complete lack of preparedness for the job as a reason why no woman should be allowed so close to the Executive Office of the US Government. But a lot of people will see her as an example of why women don’t belong in positions of power. Palin’s lack of experience will be assigned to all women by significant portions of the population.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Republican party considered both of these when selecting their VP candidate.

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