Sunday, September 14, 2008

Palin, a Laughingstock? One Columnist Thinks She Should Be

Chicago Sun Times columnist Mary Mitchell believes Sarah Palin, John McCain's VP weapon in the presidential race, should be a laughingstock to genuine, educated feminists, and she said so. She also said that Palin makes her sick.

I haven't been posting lately because I took some time to get a few things straight in the aftermath of Gustav and winds of Ike, and I thought I'd not mention Palin for a while because the vice presidential nominees, Republican Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, should not be the primary focus of the campaign and how we vote (except when we consider that a VP could possibly become president and choice of VP sheds light on a candidate's decision making skills).

The presidential candidates should be the primary focus of the campaign, backward John McCain and the true agent of change, Barack Obama, and what those candidates have to say about actual issues impacting our lives. What the candidates think and what they'll do about the economy, (foreclosures, banks failing, gas prices, poverty), attacks on voting rights, the environment, possible war with Iran, the treatment of women, education, immigration, and whoa!, healthcare is what we should be mulling over, not Palin's red shoes, her hair, and how well she hunts moose.

Oh, and since being a mom who works is the current buzz in this election, why aren't we hearing more about how moms are discriminated against in the workforce and how often it sucks to be a working mom in America? Why aren't we talking about what John McCain really thinks of women?

However, when another blogger alerted me to Mitchell's column, I had to take the next step and direct more readers to the piece because Mitchell's words resonated with me. She spotlighted the lies and fakery surrounding Palin. Also, I was struck by how often Mitchell said Palin makes her sick. It's a phrase that cuts across cultures, but I grew up hearing my mom say it mainly when someone was standing on her last nerve.

I too am sickened by Palin and pals. Unapologetic liars kind of do that to me, and I said so on a comment at BlogHer. Suzanne Reisman wrote a post answering where are all the feminists on Palin and quoted a piece I wrote after hearing Palin's acceptance speech at the RNC. I stopped by to leave the note that the Republican fact twisting and lying, the whole Palin smoke and mirrors routine, left me feeling physically ill.

Since then I've been keeping up with Palin and the antics of her "fans" less, didn't even bother to watch Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson. Pretty much I feel that if Americans are stupid enough to elect McCain/Palin to office and lack the critical thinking skills to know bullshit when they see it, then this country is already limping down the plank over a cesspool. We may deserve whatever we get if this nation elects those two, and, concerned that the majority of voters may be a gullible lot, I'm shopping for my Hazmat suit now. Shopping yes, but also praying that some Americans don't prove at the voting polls that they're as stupid as they appear to be in opinion polls.

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ByJane said...

Here! Here! That last paragraph? My sentiments exactly. I have reached saturation point on the whole Palin issue--unless it something really funny like SNL! To spend anymore time responding to people who think she'd be a terrific leader of the free world is counter-productive for me. They won't be convinced, so why even bother...

Jill said...

Thanks for saying all this too.

I confess - a part of me really really really wants to say all this outloud on the blog, just like I do when no one is in my house. I'm not ashamed of how I feel about Palin's role in the elections.

But - I also feel like if I go there, wow - can I go back again?

I'm torn - what do you think? Is it okay that some of us do some of a certain kind of lobbying against or for candidates, while others of us take different tactics?

I'm not on to suggest that that's really ok - but I don't know...and the more I write this, the more I think, I shouldn't be ashamed that I feel the same way as Mitchell. Maybe I'm feeling a little guilty for feeling like I'm not just up and saying what she said the way she said it.


Anyway - hope you're ok and I didn't realize you're in Nola. One of my all time favorite cities. Stay safe.

Suzanne Reisman said...

I liked Mitchell's article too, and one other thing that made me sick was how hateful and offensive the comments were from people who disagreed with her. Nothing should shock me at this point, but I really was distressed by how people responded. Which brings me to your conclusion, because like you and byjane, I've been saying that people deserve to live in a declining civilization if they chose to elect Bush Administration, Part III. The problem will be the intelligent portion of the population that gets dragged down with them, of course.

Vérité Parlant said...

On SNL, byJane, wasn't Tina Fey's impression of Palin remarkably funny? I've watched it several times now.

Vérité Parlant said...

Jill, banish your guilt! LOL. Something's not right with the Palin picture, and I know you've got the words to articulate that beautifully. :-)

Vérité Parlant said...

Yes, Suzanne, the intelligent will suffer. You know, I've been watching how the Republicans have managed to equate having sound critical thinking skills, high intelligence, and impressive education credentials with negative attributes and to imply that smart people lack common sense and are vastly different from mainstream America. What are they really saying about this country?

And while we're going through one of the worst economic stretches we've seen in decades, a presidential candidate, McCain, speaks glibly of knowing nothing about economics and his supporters love him for it. Ugh!

We're in a dangerous place in this country right now.