Katha Pollitt: Palin Hater
"John McCain chose the supremely under-qualified Sarah Palin as his running mate partly because she is a woman. If you have a problem with that, you're a sexist."
(Or you might say, The Democratic Party chose the supremely under-qualified Barack Obama as their presidential candidate partly because he is partly black. If you have a problem with that, you're a racist.)
"She talks incessantly about being a mother of five..."
(Incessantly? Really? Incessantly?)
"... and uses her newborn, Trig, who has Down syndrome, as a campaign prop."
(Unlike Obama whose cute daughters have never been so used because he really loves them, you know because they're perfect and NOT handicapped.)
"If you wonder how she'll handle all those kids and the Veep job too, you're a super-sexist."
(As opposed to Obama who only has two kids, a much more sustainable number and a Ivy-League trained wife to "handle" them, which isn't sexist, it's just the natural order of things.)
"When do they ever ask a man that question?" charges that fiery feminist Rudy Giuliani. Indeed, Palin, who went back to work when Trig was three days old, gets nothing but praise from Phyllis Schlafly, James Dobson and the folks at National Review, who usually blame all the ills of modern America on those neurotic, harried, selfish, frustrated, child-neglecting, husband-castrating working mothers."
(So the answer to the question: when do they ever ask a man that question? is... Schlafly, Dobson and those National Review guys are jerks. So says a real and caring working mom.)
"Even stranger, her five-months-pregnant 17-year-old, Bristol, gets nothing but compassion and respect from Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others who have spent their careers slut-shaming teens for having sex--and blaming their parents for letting it happen."
(She's got us there.)
"If there were an Olympics for hypocrisy, the Republican Party would have more gold medals than Michael Phelps."
(As opposed to the Democratic party and its feminist leaders who pushed stronger and tougher anti-sexual harassment laws and then had nothing but compassion and respect for Bill "Kiss It" Clinton when he lied under oath during a sexual harassment lawsuit. For gold medals in hypocrisy, think China.)
"And Palin would be wearing quite a few of them. It takes chutzpah for a mother to thrust her pregnant teen into the world's harshest spotlight and then demand the world respect the girl's privacy."
(She asked the world to respect her daughter's privacy. The journalists, bloggers, commentators and campaign strategists in that world can "respect" it or not. The voters will draw its own conclusions and decide who THEY respect more.)
"But then it takes chutzpah to support criminalizing abortion and then praise Bristol's "decision" to have the baby."
(Seems totally consistent to me. As of now -- and probably forever -- abortion is perfectly legal. Bristol Palin decided to have her child based on her own family's "values," despite the sneering ridicule of angry feminists like Pollitt.)
"The right to decide, and privacy, after all, are two of the things Palin wants to deny every other woman, and every other family, in America."
(Well maybe. When it comes to "rights," Sarah Palin sides more with an unborn baby's unconstitutional -- but maybe God-given -- right to life than its mother's manufactured constitutional right to kill it. And if she wanted to deny every woman in America their abortion rights why, when pro-lifers pushed her to help further restrict abortions in her home state, did she decline.)
"Palin's even said she would "choose life" if her daughter was pregnant from rape."
(Does Pollitt believe rape victims shouldn't be allowed to "choose" life?)
"Can't you just hear Bristol groaning, "Mo-om...!"
(Actually, no. But I can hear Katha groaning, "I can't belieeeeeeve Obama's actually gonna' lose this thing.")
"The Republicans bashed Barack Obama as a "celebrity," but now they've got a star of their own, so naturally the rules have changed. "
(Naturally, welcome to the hypocritical world of politics.)
"Nothing would suit them better than for the media to spend the next two months spellbound by the wacky carnival on ice that is the Palin family: "
(Please, Please Katha, continue to serve as the left-wing media's hatchet gal/ringleader)
"Todd, aka the First Dude, (sneer) the kids, (too many) Levi the hunky bad-boy dad-to-be--well, maybe not him so much after his expletive-adorned MySpace page briefly came to light ("I'm a f------ redneck"; "I don't want kids"--whoops). The snowmobiles, (double sneer) the moose burgers, (triple sneer) the guns, (horrified sneer) the hair, (jealous much?) the glasses that are flying off America's shelves - starting at $375 a pair, and she has seven."
"Fretting over the work/family issue alone should take up enough column inches to employ all the female journalists in America from now to next Mother's Day."
(You go, girls.)
"And don't forget that op-ed staple, What Does This Mean for Feminism?
"Well, I'm not playing."
I don't care about Sarah Palin's family.
(Huh? You don't? You sound like you care. A lot, in a contemptuous, sneery sort of way.)
I don't care if she's a good mother.
(But, she's not right. I mean, how could she be serving up all those hairy moose-burger and non-terminated pregnancies? Spending all that money on eye glasses when it could have been better more economically spend on, let's see, about five abortions.)
"I don't care if she's happily married, or who shops and who vacuums, or who takes care of the kids while both parents are at work..."
(OK, but it seems millions of other American women and men are kind of interested.)
"... I don't want her recipe for caribou hot dogs, either."
(Can't you just see little Kathy Pollitt sitting in a high school lunch room with her best -- and maybe only -- friend saying, "See that girl over there. No that one, in the oh-so-cute skirt and all her adoring friends? I hate her guts!")
Now excuse me while I google Sarah Palin's caribou hot dog recipe. There's more but I'm hungry.