Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin as 'Rosie the Riverter'

First, there came the rumors, tidbits and bloggers talking about how vice presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin, was beginning to appeal to women - especially women who were registered as Independents and Democrats.

Then there was this column, "A Feminist's Argument for McCain's VP," by Tammy Bruce:

"For Democrats, she offers something even more compelling - a chance to vote for a someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don't agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.

Whether we have a D, R or an "i for independent" after our names, women share a different life experience from men, and we bring that difference to the choices we make and the decisions we come to. Having a woman in the White House, and not as The Spouse, is a change whose time has come, despite the fact that some Democratic Party leaders have decided otherwise. But with the Palin nomination, maybe they'll realize it's not up to them any longer.

Clinton voters, in particular, have received a political wake-up call they never expected. Having watched their candidate and their principles betrayed by the very people who are supposed to be the flame-holders for equal rights and fairness, they now look across the aisle and see a woman who represents everything the feminist movement claimed it stood for. Women can have a family and a career. We can be whatever we choose, on our own terms. For some, that might mean shooting a moose. For others, perhaps it's about shooting a movie or shooting for a career as a teacher. However diverse our passions, we will vote for a system that allows us to make the choices that best suit us. It's that simple."

Add in the latest poll, as reported by the Wall Street Journal:

"Mr. Newhouse, the Republican pollster, said that Gov. Palin's image with blue-collar voters in the poll was significantly better than Sen. Biden's. Sen. Biden was chosen, in part, with hopes that he would be able to reach voters from blue-collar towns like Scranton, Pa., where he was born."

Now comes this brilliant poster, from a story in the LA Times:

(Arlette Figdore of York, Pa., right, holds a campaign sign with an image of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "Rosie the Riveter" at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pa. ~ Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press, September 9, 2008)

No wonder people are so energized over her selection for the ticket.

It's going to be an interesting campaign!


Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...


"It's going to be an interesting campaign!"

That it is!

I can't wait to see is wearing the egg on this face after this election...

navyvet said...

Tammy is my favorate Democrat.

Sarah is my favorate...well you get the idea.

Also, Sarah's "Beehive" is much prettier than Biden's "Chia-Pet" style.

Timothy W Higgins said...


While traveling this week, I heard Gov. Palin called a BIMBO; and quite frankly, I had to agree. Now before you get the wrong impression of me (something that often happens), let me explain:


Yep, Sarah Palin is one heck of a Bimbo!

Unknown said...

Thanks for pointing out that article, it was a very good read.

There are many of us out there that do believe being a feminist or supporting a woman succeeding is not just tied to the letter behind their name. It's not about gender to the point where some totally unqualified female could be put up there and women would follow like lemmings, it's been kind of insulting that has been suggested by some of the strategists out there.

Cynical Counsel said...

"I may be Broke but I'm not Flat Busted"

Good sense of humor in college.


Timothy W Higgins said...


Isn't it endless fascinating that the media and a good bit of the blogging community has been caught up for years in the concept of a truly independent woman with the capacity to act effectively in government (other than you, of course). Now that one is staring them in the face, they flounder like addled school boys around an attractive teacher, and attack the very thing that they have been waiting for.

Of course, the fact that the answer to their prayers has turned out to be a conservative with religious convictions is beyond their comprehension. And so of course, they can only attack her.

I guess no one ever explained to them the concept of "be careful what you wish for".

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