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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sexism Busting Out Left and Right

Governor Palin’s Super Tuesday marked the opening salvo of the 2012 race as the Obama left and the GOP establishment unwittingly united in an all-out war against her, with sexism and misogyny being the main weapon employed.

Mechanics of a Sexist Attack

A sexist attack is always in two prongs with one being the constant: belittle, downplay, disqualify or devalue the woman’s accomplishments. The second prong is sexual objectification. This aspect takes two forms: to hold that that the woman’s only asset is sexual desirability or beauty; or to take the opposite approach and hold that she is undesirable or ugly.

Most people think of sexism as being perpetrated by men against women. This is not necessarily true. In fact, women can be just as sexist against each other as men, especially when they want to promote themselves or someone else ahead of their intended victim. Nowhere could this be more true than with the Republican Party - Gov. Palin's own party.

GOP Completely Devalued Gov. Palin

In "Their Worst Nightmare," a regular feature of "RNC Women" on the GOP website, Jan Larimer (presumably a woman), wrote about "[t]housands of women [who] traveled at their own expense, occasionally through snowstorms to get to our summits in Denver and Columbus, to come together to network and listen to some of the best and the brightest in Republican politics." Which women does the GOP regard as "best and brightest"? Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-WA), former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and former State Department official Liz Cheney. Who was absent from this list? The one woman who inspired all the rest...

Inspiring GOP Women

All these women just got their inspiration by osmosis? They all just decided that this would be a good time to get involved? Now, let's talk about the woman who's name does not appear on the GOP list of greats. What woman draws tens of thousands of people to her events? What woman causes a caravan of people to follow her campaign bus 150 miles just to spend a few minutes and bond with her? For which woman do people spend thousands of dollars and travel thousands of miles, waiting 26 hours in the freezing cold just to have 10 seconds of bonding time with? Which woman has inspired women all over the country, and in foreign countries to rise up and run for office? Which woman had a countdown to her speech running for days even though she was the bottom of the ticket?

Sarah Louise Heath Palin.

Why will the GOP not list the one woman who is inspiring all the women within their ranks to run for office? Could it be that they prefer someone like Mitt Romney? None of the women in their list have any hope of running for President in 2012, and none have any intention of doing so. So, who are these women stumping for? Gov. Palin has accomplished so much in her various roles and is for all intents and purposes Ronald Reagan in a woman's body, yet her own party prefers the likes of milque toast RINOs such as Romney.

Gov. Palin's Endorsements Are High-Value and Carry Heavy Weight

When Gov. Palin endorsed John McCain, "true" conservatives were quick to point out that he is a RINO, totally disregarding that he elevated her to the world stage. When she endorsed Rand Paul, a furor erupted that he was "a chip off the old block" and some disavowed their support of Gov. Palin. The Fiorina endorsement brought about much angst from Devore's supporters, who crowed that he was the "true conservative" and "only he can beat Boxer." But Devore lost miserably to Fiorina, in a primary. If Gov. Palin's endorsements are so meaningless and carry so little weight as polling outfits like the leftist "Public Policy Polling" site allege, why all this vitriolic anger, and carrying on as if the world is being knocked off its axis when someone's dream candidate did not secure her endorsement?

Gov. Palin's endorsements do matter a great deal. With Nikki Haley, Gov. Palin did not merely endorse her with a Tweet and a Facebook post; she actively campaigned for Haley and stood by her when allegations of two separate affairs flew. She made robo-calls for Haley. Quantitative and statistical analysis do not account for these activities. The Fiorina endorsement led to more endorsements from the NRA and Sen. Santorum, which paved the way for cautious conservatives to vote for her. Our own Stacy Drake, who formerly supported Devore and donated to his campaign switched to Fiorina following Gov. Palin's endorsement and Devore's reaction to it.

Hot Air Promoting MIA Romney

Sites like Hot Air and Red State are in the tank for Romney and routinely bash Gov. Palin. They run comments based on articles like "101 Days in the Life of Mitt Romney" talking up all the endorsements, media appearances, and fundraiser events he supposedly did and made.

Romney, has been remarkably absent on all the major issues. Where does he stand on the BP spill? Cap and tax, ObamaCare (which is really RomneyCare on steroids), and current foreign policy issues? His endorsements are mainly to "safe candidates" in "safe districts." Romney events tend to be low-draw snooze-fests. Hot Air and Red State spin it as Romney's "quiet discipline," while treating Gov. Palin as a "shallow rock star."

Gov. Palin's Detractors: Sexism Busting Out Left and Right

For six days, Gov. Palin's detractors have taken up a new hobby that I will kindly call "spherical anatomical analysis." The Obama left and the establishment GOP unwittingly united in the grave concern that a certain attribute of Gov. Palin's appears larger than before and may have been "enhanced." Professional reporters (who should know better), and amateur hate bloggers ran with the rumor. They performed extensive and detailed photo analysis, bringing in their best subject matter experts. As life sometimes imitates art, they did everything they could save for sending another woman to trip in the sauna ostensibly and make the grab accidentally on purpose. If they could, they would.

The whole point of the exercise is to devalue Gov. Palin, a seasoned, accomplished executive - whose accomplishments are real and spectacular, and to send out a very strong message: "shut up and sit down."

Very few people bothered to relate Gov. Paliin's presence at Belmont with her support of underdogs. No one writes about Romney's private parts when discussing him, so why does Gov. Palin get this treatment?

Gov. Palin's lifetime is one of accomplishments, but they are the last thing her detractors want to talk about. So, these people devalue her to the status of sex object. It's not just the Obama left that has taken up "spherical anatomical analysis." HotAir is rife with comments on this subject matter. Why are both the Obama leftists and the establishment GOP carrying on like this?

They know who Gov. Palin is. They are terrified of her. And the prospect of history repeating itself also strikes fear into their hearts.