Ugh, here we go: On McCain's VP pick
So by now we all know the basics about Sarah Palin, first-term governor of Alaska and John McCain's utterly transparent pick for running mate: She's a self-described "hockey mom," an avid proponent of drilling in Alaska and an equally avid opponent of abortion and gay-marriage rights. (She's also so unknown as a politician that Fox News has repeatedly been referring to her as "Susan" Palin—though admittedly, getting facts right has never been the forte of that particular outlet, has it?)
Simply put, this cynical, calculated choice by the McCain camp — she's a woman, so she'll get the votes of all those cranky old bags who were pulling for Hillary! — is going to mean another round of headaches and frustration for feminists. Yes, many of us were excited at the prospect of a woman in the White House; no, not any woman will do. And, unfortunately, the folks who are supposedly on "our" side who want to drive home how bad a choice Palin is will do so with sexist commentary about her beauty-queen past, her smarts, her lack of any sort of foreign-policy experience, and, undoubtedly, her hair and wardrobe. And women who find Palin's politics odious, but who are equally offended by the media's treatment of her, will be in the always-awesome position of hearing from all corners how unfeminist they are for not supporting the sisterhood.
Hey, whaddya know? The Wall Street Journal already has an in-depth article on deck about Palin's fitness routine! And so it begins...
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