Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Palin Rant #1 

The McCain campaign and its surrogates are panicking and calling everyone sexist.

One snag: They seem to be a little short on evidence.

Here's a truly bizarre example. The Wall Street Journal op-ed page blares this headline: "IGNORE THE CHAUVINISTS. PALIN HAS REAL EXPERIENCE."

You'd think an article with such an accusatory headline would contain at least a passing mention of sexism, or who these "chauvinists" might be. But you'd be wrong. The issue isn't addressed once.

Then McCain advisor Carly Fiorina accused the Obama campaign itself of sexism. American women "will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin," she says.

Ok, fair enough. So, Carly, what sexism? Apparently it's this outraaaaaaageous comment by Barack about Palin's experience:

“Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.”
If that doesn't make you scratch your head, I don't know what will.

So in other words, criticizing Palin's experience and making no direct, indirect, or veiled reference to her gender... is sexism. Mind you, the Republicans have crafted an entire campaign around criticizing a black man's experience. Using their own logic, they'd best get fitted for white hoods, eh?

Let us get a grip.

There may be scrutiny out there that could be construed as sexist -- including any questions about Palin's skills as a mother. But it's not any of this bullshit the campaign is going on about.

Others are raising questions similar to mine, I see.

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