HRC, your legacy is under threat by a barn-burning, “Feminist For Life” from Wasilla, Alaska. Whatcha gonna do?
I only say this because I can’t imagine that it sets well that Palin, a woman who is diametrically opposed to almost everything HRC professes to believe in, is taking her “18 million cracks” and running with them. And as she grasps the crown as the new political princess her defenders in the party and in the media cry sexism over every critique of Palin’s qualifications and past.
It was surreal watching Gloria Berger and Campbell Brown parse Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statement where he called Palin “shrill,” pointing out the sexism when I recall a lot of sitting on hands over Clinton. As Democratic commentator Paul Begala pointed out, Clinton was referred to as a “bitch” on almost every cable news network, including CNN and it’s affiliates, yet no one had boo to say and every pundit was telling Clinton and her throng of followers that she needed to suck it up if she was going to run with the big boys.
Now those same individuals who relished in trashing Clinton are rushing to Palin’s defense. You can’t really blame Begala’s disgust. As a Clinton supporter he was among the many Clintonistas and feminists who felt they were dismissed as “whiners” in the face of the mocking of Clinton’s voice, clothes, looks, record, sexuality, “victimhood,” tears and morals.
But now it seems all the efforts of women and men to fight the sexism that dogged Clinton was only for Sarah Palin’s benefit. Republicans have gone from “women who play the ‘victim’ card are whiners” to rallying around Palin and crying sexism at detractors.
And everything is sexism.
Question Palin’s thin resume? You’re a sexist. Question Palin’s integrity in the light of “Troopergate?” You’re a sexist. Question her dedication to ultra conservative, anti-abortion causes? You’re a sexist. Mock her failed beauty queen storyline and Hockey Mom narrative? You’re a sexist.
Question if McCain only picked her for the most cynical of reasons? You’re a sexist.
Listening to Clinton Hater Dick Morris cry that no man would ever be questioned about their ability to parent while governing is almost vomit inducing. Hearing Sean Hannity behave as if he actually gave a crap or understood feminism made my head swim. Everything is relative, and now the Clinton Campaign Crucifixion on the cross of feminism has become Palin supporters’ “Remember the Alamo.”
Like the real battle for the Alamo, the men inside sent word to their leaders that they needed reinforcements, but barely got anything. The leaders deciding that the Alamo was fated to be lost.
Now Republicans, who hate both Clintons and fought them using everything from bogus charges that they murdered Vince Foster and countless Arkansans and various “bimbos of the week,” are holding up Hillary as a martyr. “Remember Hillary!” they shout, following their new Femme Fatal Republican icon, Sarah Palin, an NRA, gun toting frontiers woman.
Unlike the Texians fighting for the Alamo in old San Antonio, Hillary Clinton is not dead. Her campaign is, but Sen. Clinton lives — and so do her supporters who remember the rude jokes, jibes and digs that helped doom her campaign. Will they stand by as Palin becomes the no. 1 benefactor of their political dreams? Will Hillary stand silent while another woman takes her place as the most visible female politician on the national stage? Will feminists for reproductive rights stand idle while the right worships a “Feminist For Life,” aka an anti-abortion candidate who wants to make abortion illegal? Will they all remain silent as their legacy is stolen by a Palin Come Lately steals their proverbial cracked glass ceiling?
Will the real Hillary Rodham Clinton please stand up so Sarah Palin and her posse can shut up?
There’s a new line drawn in the sand and Palin crossed it. How long will it be before Clinton’s pride and ego compels her to take back what was hers?