Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Let Her Take It Like A Man

The latest in the sideshow that has become Sarah Palin's bid for the VP-ship is that the McCain campaign is accusing Barack Obama of using sexist remarks for using the colloquialism "a pig with lipstick is still a pig". Let's assume he did intend it as a dig at Ms. Palin (I'm sure she would prefer "Mrs." but, for now, this blog is still a bastion of political correctness (no, not really, but anyway)). . . .

By the way, does anyone remember McCain's off-color joke of not too long ago about Chelsea Clinton who isn't even running for anything (at least not yet):

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno."

Yup, he said it. Funny? Maybe. But the point is that hypocrisy is everywhere, so let's start calling it when we see it. Anyway, let's assume Obama did mean his remarks as a dig against Palin. Why does she need so much protection anyway? I must take issue with the strategy because it is so transparent that it offends my intelligence - paint her to be the victim (ooooh, they're talking about her children, that's off limits; oooooh, they're questioning whether she can do the job b/c she has 5 children - that's sexist; ooooh, they're looking into her background and questioning whether she's qualified) so that when she comes out swinging she looks like a big vigilante hero. She's a victim when the PR people are handling things but a "barracuda" when she steps into the limelight.

Of course, she wouldn't come out herself and cry "stop picking on me!" while she's trying to prove that she can play with the big boys. But stop doing it for her already and let her speak for herself. All we've heard from her so far is her speech from the Republican convention, which she repeats verbatim wherever she goes. Enough, with introducing me to your kids, woman, come out and tell me where you stand on the issues! And please reassure me that the books in my public library will be safe if McCain ever gets elected and then croaks.

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