So McCain has picked a woman as his vice presidential nominee. Shouldn’t that be a watershed event for women everywhere? Well, of course not. For women on the left, Palin’s pick means only one thing — McCain chose her solely because he wanted to try to win over the female vote, and especially the disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters. “But not just any woman will do” they shout! “How could McCain think that we are all so stupid that we will simply vote for him now that he chose a female as his vice presidental nominee?” they ask. I am astonished by this reaction. Isn’t it possible that McCain actually chose Palin because she was what he was looking for in a running mate? Oh wait, that can’t be it. He’s a Republican. And Republicans are misoginistic and bigoted, right?
But it is Republican women who are cheering Palin on. And it is Republican donors who are making record donations, largely as a result of the Palin announcement. Over 37 million people watched her speech — only 1 million less than Obama (despite the fact that only 6 networks covered her speech to Obama’s 10). What is going on here? What other candidate for vice president could have done the same? No other candidate that was under consideration could have brought the kind of reaction we are seeing to Palin. Pawlenty — nope. Ridge — hardly (in fact, the “base” might very well have revolted). Even Kay Bailey Hutchison is doubtful.
But the vitriolic attacks came anyway. Not from conservatives who, by the left’s accounts, should be shouting that a woman should be staying at home barefoot and pregnant rather than running for vice president. But from the left. They question her choice to run for office rather than staying at home to care for her child with Down’s Syndrome or her 17-year-old pregnant daughter. They even question whether having a pregnant teenage daughter disqualifies her from becoming vice president. Unbelievably, Harry Reid even called Palin’s speech last night “shrill.” When have you ever heard that word used to describe a man? And when have you ever heard anyone question whether a man’s family commitments disqualifies him from running for office? And here is my favorite:
This was sent to me by a family member who obviously does not read my blog. I think we should all be offended by this. Not for the picture (which is actually pretty funny), but for the caption. Since when does having a pregnant, teenage daughter have anything to do with her qualifications as vice president? And since when does that prove that she is hypocritical or that she lacks family values? I guess the Democrats’ version of family values would be if Palin escorted her daughter to the abortion clinic. Or if she had gone herself when she found out she was carrying a baby with Down’s Syndrome.
So I say this to all women: It is ok to cheer on a woman who values family, sticks to her pro-life convictions (even if you don’t agree with them), comes from a small town and knows how to shoot a gun. And all of us should condemn those that make attacks solely because she is a woman (even if you are in the same party). Cheer her on because she is shattering that glass ceiling. I would say the same thing about Hillary if she had been the Presidential or Vice Presidential nominee even though I agree with almost nothing she believes in. I would cheer on the fact that she had made it this far and then I would proceed to explain why I think she is wrong on the issues. Isn’t that what our bra-burning mothers told us: “We just wanted to make sure you have the same opportunities as men.” Since when does that mean: But only if you are pro-choice, were educated at a fancy college and are a Democrat? Standing up for women everywhere means standing up for them even when you don’t agree with a single word that comes out of their mouth. Because that’s what feminism is all about, right?