Thursday, September 11, 2008

Equality.... is a dirty word in politics

More on the discrimination of women who, with families, decide to embark upon or extend their careers in the political arena.
Editorial from The State:
Equality is reserved for the ‘right’ (left) women
By BOB MCALISTER - Guest Columnist

"Nikki Haley was shocked. A Democratic official known throughout South Carolina as an enlightened feminist counseled that she should not run for public office because she had two young children. But later on the same day in 2003, Mrs. Haley was in the audience when another prominent Democrat, Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, challenged women to seek office.

Spurred by both encounters, the Lexington resident ran the following year and was elected as a Republican to the S.C. House of Representatives. Some insiders say she has statewide potential.

As we discussed the shameful media reaction to John McCain’s pick of Gov. Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket, Mrs. Haley said she has never publicly told the story of the feminist who tried to keep her out of politics. “That just made me more determined,” she said.

Mrs. Haley is reluctant to discuss the double standard for female officeholders (“I am not a victim and don’t want to sound like one”), but she can relate to the pounding Gov. Palin is taking over whether a mother of five should be vice president.

“Every week I’m asked how I handle my little ones and serve my constituents,” she said. “It’s no different from anybody else’s life. I prioritize with my children and husband and do the best I can and refuse to feel guilty.”
So Gov. Palin is not the first political woman to experience the old double standard. But the brutal and loathsome treatment she’s getting from the national media is unique in American history.

Leaders of the intelligentsia, so progressive and tolerant of liberal women, express faux concern over whether her Down syndrome baby will get enough motherly love. They breathlessly conclude a mom of five just can’t hack it, especially when her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

As Helen Reddy sang, “That ain’t no way to treat a lady.”

“It’s unfortunate they are focusing on one aspect of a lifetime full of courage and talent,” Mrs. Haley said. “This is a story we should all feel good about.”

The mainstream media and Democratic liberals — excuse the redundancy — are not feeling too good nowadays.

John McCain found a woman for the ticket who has done everything that political feminists spent the last 30 years saying a modern woman should do, except abort her children, and she has done it brilliantly.

This gun-totin’, fish-catchin’ machine steamrolled her way through the corrupt good old boys in Juno and landed in the governor’s office with an 80 percent approval rating. She charmed the big-oil lobbyists, picked their pockets and sent the proceeds back to the taxpayers.

She has managed a balanced budget while balancing the needs of her family with her official responsibilities.
So why do the libs feel so bad?

They were the ones supposed to break the glass ceiling, because they owned the women’s movement. Then The One arose to lead His children to the Promised Land, along the way charging over and through the would-be ceiling breaker, who wasn’t even considered worthy of being The One’s No. 2. An old bald guy took her place.

And they don’t feel too good about what came out of St. Paul this week. The day after Gov. Palin took the GOP convention by storm, polls showed more than half the American people thought reporters were trying to destroy Mrs. Palin, and 24 percent said that makes them more likely to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket.
Score one for the people, who know a media scam when they see it.

I’m guessing the American people have made three discoveries during the Palin rollout:
1. If a woman is pro-life and doesn’t hate men, the chattering class won’t give her an equal playing field.
2. Her daughter’s pregnancy is nobody’s business.
3. A woman who blew up Alaska’s good-old-boy network and shoots bull moose at point blank range is not intimidated by a bunch of sissy reporters who think moose is a dessert.

Mr. McAlister is a public relations consultant and was an adviser to Sen. John McCain in the S.C. presidential primary."


Anonymous said...

As a woman, I find Sarah Palin's choice as a VEEP candidate both nauseatingly cynical and deeply offensive. She is not qualified to run even a moderate sized city let alone a country. McCain chose her in a cynical attempt to garner the women's vote as if we nothing more than stupid airheads who vote for another vagina. Sarah would have no "job" as VP except to rouse the base with her culture war sarcasm by giving speeches now and then. She can read a fine speech. But clearly nothing more. I am shocked you could make any better argument than this and the vile neo-con drivel that is found a couple of posts further down about the lipstick nonsense. You must do more dear than simply watch stupid lying ads.

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Melisende said...

Thanks for your comment.

Yes, it is obvious that Palin was selected to harness or capture the votes that may have gone to Hillary, had Obama the foresight to select her as his running mate. Many of Hillary's female supporters have said that they would give their votes to McCain rather than Obama - and McCain has selected a running mate to take advantage of this.

Will it be a wise move in the end - only time will tell.

Melisende said...

Oh, just a further question "feather" - as a woman - do you find the double-standard being applied to Palin also offensive??

Anonymous said...

By and large I don't see a double standard being applied. I do think that Hillary was treated very badly by the press, and I think Sarah has faced a bit of that, but on the whole very little. Her circumstances are quite different. I by and large don't agree with the "should you do this with a pregnant daughter and a Down's baby" stuff, because men are not similarly questioned. That takes nothing away from the fact that Palin for the most part has nothing to say to me by her values or her policies. I find her offensive on so many levels and mostly simply an affront to my intelligence. I would be appalled to find her as my president. She has no qualifications and knows virtually nothing about either foreign affairs or the economy so far as I've seen. She is nothing more than an opportunistic player who has no business being where she is. I'm frankly tired of being told she knows foreign policy by living next door to Russia. Her hold persona is mostly a tissue of Rovian lies.