Fresh Paint
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
What Is Really Offensive
... about all this, other than McCain's offensive choice for VP to begin with, is how all the commentators, late-night hosts, pundits, etc. etc. -- including a good many "liberal" types -- feel like they have to tippy-toe around the Palin choice. As though women will automatically take offense if ANY woman is criticized, regardless of whether she has adequate credentials to be Vice President or President.

My head explodes a million times over at this attitude. We're big girls! We can take it! Do you think we can't tell the difference between valid criticism on policy, credentials, vision for our country and ad hominem attacks like those inflicted on Hillary Clinton? (Well, hominem is probably the wrong-gendered word, but it's been a long time since I've had to use Latin).

I do not see a million women leaping up to defend this woman's meagre resume. To defend her daughter, yes, so lay off. And lay off her appearance, her voice, her laugh, her clothes despite her barfingly fake hip-ness -- "First Dude," my Aunt Fanny.

It is, however, valid when her private and public lives collide -- for example, when she endangered her son's life by flying from Texas to Alaska for his birth, just so he'd be born in Alaska, just so he'd have Alaskan citizenship. It's the only reason I can think of that she would do such a thing after her water broke.

But doesn't it show a fantastic ability for planning, that she's always thinking one step ahead? I mean, come the revolution, when Alaska secedes from the Union, he won't have to worry about getting treated in Alaskan hospitals or getting Alaskan social services, or getting ripped from his mother's arms if he's caught on the wrong side of the fence.

And this is the party of Lincoln? With a secessionist Vice President?

Always thinking ahead.


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