Sarah Palin

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NYT account of her selection as McCain’s running mate here. Interesting move by McCain to try to capitalize on the sexism thrown at Hillary during the Democratic primary. From the linked NYT article:

Ms. Palin praised the achievements of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who lost a long and bitter primary race against Senator Obama, saying that she had left”18 million cracks”in the highest glass ceiling in the land.

Then, making an explicit appeal to Ms. Clinton’s disappointed supporters, she said,”It turns out that the women in America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling.”

Links about this development from three feminists I respect but don’t always agree with here, here and here.

The Supposedly Liberal Doods threw the most disgusting sexism at Hillary Clinton and her supporters during the Democratic primary. Then Obama picks Joe “no friend of women” Biden as his running mate, rather than choosing somebody who would help build party unity. Now the Supposedly Liberal Doods are back in gear, throwing disgusting sexism at Palin. Why does it have to be like this? Hey Supposedly Liberal Doods, if you want Obama elected, stop burning bridges with women voters and start building some.

–Ann Bartow

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  1. I agree with the first link. I think this was an incredibly cynical pick on the part of McCain. He chose a woman who has nothing in common with Hillary, other than their shared gender. Palin has none of Hillary’s experience, and decidedly anti-woman policy stances. Palin is radically pro-life and if she agrees with McCain, she is also against equal pay for women. This pick is similar to the Republican’s pick of Clarence Thomas and Harriet Miers. It smacks of tokenism and I don’t think most women will fall for it.

  2. I hope you’re right Danielle. I too thought of Harriet Miers. I hope this pick is as easy to see through. She’s decidedly anti-woman in all of her policies, and her invocation of Ferraro and Clinton in her speech today was so obviously calculated. We’ll see if it works, I guess.

  3. Eric says:

    Ugh. My head hurts. Please make it all stop!

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