So, Governor Palin’s speech ended last night, and the first comments out of the Democratic campaign were, “Well! That was snipy!” and, “Hey, that wasn’t nice!”
Being a *somewhat* opinionated woman, I’ve been accused before of being too argumentative. In fact, it got me ranked last in my squad one semester at the Academy, behind the girl who didn’t do her job as an upperclassman at all, nibbled at her single salted lettuce leaf at lunch each day, batted her eyes at the squad leader, and always left as soon as possible from lunch (at the Academy, lunch was mandatory and a big part of the time the upperclassmen had to train the plebes (freshmen)). When I got my fitness report and replied with, “What the crap?!?” I got, “See, that’s what I’m talking about; you’re too argumentative.”
So, to sum up yet another long anecdote about the Academy, I take particular issue with the putting-girls-in-their-box critique of Governor Palin’s tone. One minute, she’s too soft, the next minute, she’s too agressive. She’s a conservative woman; there is no “right” tone as far as some people are concerned, but “I don’t like her tone” sounds a lot better than “I want to make sure the Republicans don’t put the first woman in the VP job.”
(By the way, it’s been 24 years since the Democrats nominated Geraldine Ferraro. They haven’t nominated another woman since. Why? Plus, Ferraro’s nomination was something of an empty gesture; I was pretty young, but I remember the election (1984, Reagan elected to a second term) being an absolute landslide. Yes, Ferraro was the first woman nominated by a major party as VP. But she had no chance of winning.)
It doesn’t surprise me that the “feminist” organizations haven’t said a word about the sexism behind many of the attacks on Governor Sarah Palin. As a pro-life, conservative woman, I am well aware that I would not be one of NOW’s favorite people. Palin does not model NOW’s idea of the ideal modern woman, so they are desperate to discredit her as a traitor to her gender. The previous president of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, has stooped to insinuating that Sarah Palin is forcing her daughter to keep her baby for political gain. All of a sudden, the “women can have it all” groups are telling Sarah Palin that she can’t possibly have a high-powered job and take proper care of her children at the same time.
Obama’s speech got 38 million viewers.
Palin’s speech attracted 37 million. And she isn’t even the presidential candidate. Nor is she the “first” at the position, as Obama is the first black presidential nominee, so I don’t think it’s all just viewers who want to say they saw an historic nominee’s speech.
Those numbers don’t bode well for the Democrats this year.