Last Words (Hopefully) re: Sarah Palin

So the McCain campaign, and at times the media, is piling on poor old Sarah.  Dave just told me he feels bad for her.  I say — too bad.

There is no reason to feel bad for Sarah Palin.  She’s a grown woman, a mother of five, and a governor.  She chose to join McCain’s ticket, she chose to do any number of things that led ultimately led to the public’s perception of her.  If she believed that she was the savior of her party, she was wrong.  Just like hundreds of pols who have lost primaries and general elections before.

Did you see Hillary Clinton cry at her concession speech in June, the way Palin cried at McCain’s on Tuesday?  Would you see any high-powered woman, who had recently lost her job, sit on a couch in a public location and be comforted by her dad, as Palin was on Wednesday?  Human beings, and perhaps women particularly, are emotional creatures. But, if you are going to feel bad for Sarah Palin, then you should show the same pity to Joe Lieberman, who hinged his entire career on John McCain and is currently clinging for his life to his chairmanship.  You should feel bad for Lindsey Graham for playing sidekick for a year, now trying to curry favor with Obama by praising the Emanuel choice.

We are welcome to pity whatever public officials we want (I admit I’ve been feeling sort of bad for W. of late) but remember that when you feel sorry for a woman, but have no sympathy for the men who worked right along her side, you are doing nothing to help erase gender barriers in our society.  I’m the last woman to start calling gender biases — but don’t help reinforce stereotypes that have been such a joke during this campaign season.

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One response to “Last Words (Hopefully) re: Sarah Palin

  1. WE are to Blame

    Don’t get me wrong – Palin was a disaster in waiting. And obviously Palin was used by the campaign.

    All that Sarah Palin IS guilty of is that she allowed herself to be used. Clearly, she didn’t have the understanding that moving to the Big Leagues was going to be different than running for Mayor or even for Governor of an insulated, small population state.

    There are a lot of people out there who get by with flash over substance – sizzle over steak. (Paris Hilton anyone?) Unfortunately, a run for President will examine and magnify and distort every possible flaw a person has and even those they don’t have … and Sarah either didn’t consider that or actually believed that she was qualified (I would bet on the latter). She had stars in her eyes. It’s sad to see what is now happening, but it is also so very predictable given how our society falls for the cult of “celebrity”.

    I once had a boss who told me that “perception is reality” as he “reworked” (ie: lied about) the unpopular profit projections to send to head office. Unfortunately, people like him believe that a good lie is better than the hard truth.

    So who is ultimately responsible? WE ARE. We are a society that encourages hubris and overreaching. We egg them on to reach the top and then we gather with stones in our hands to knock them down when they get there.

    Sarah will be fine … she believes in her own PR. That’s the really frightening thing.

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