I’ve had some time to eat, sleep, drink and in some cases, rail out and snort all things Sarah Palin.
Tuesday night, I wasn’t so sure about Sarah Palin. A mere 24-hours later, I started feeling differently about her. I’m talking about her address before God and man from the floor the Republican National Convention. I think my feelings have changed about Palin in part, because of what she said, but also because of what everyone else is saying about her.
Let’s start at the start: I fixed my Republican myopia on Fox News all night long.
Hannity and Colmes…
I watched Giuliani (whom I would have fiercely campaigned for had he made it to the top of the G.O.P. mountaintop) and that great speech was followed by a much anticipated introduction that couldn’t have been more regal had there been pasty skinned court jesters, evidence of generational in-breeding, maloccluded overbites and a sparkly crown or two.
Then Sarah Palin took the stage.
Strong. Eloquent. No bullshit. Take no prisoners. Offer no quarter.
I’ll give her those things.
And if I can remove from the equation the annoying fact that she named her kids all those funky, strange 90’s gender ambiguous nouns like Piper, Pottsdam and Threshold or some shit, I will admit I like her–I should say, I’m starting to like her. Of course, she towed party line, but she also added a little spark to the stage. She got a few calculated anti-Obama/Biden digs in, but she didn’t spew abject vitriol at the Democrats…but it was enough. It’s clear who she’s running with and who she’s running against.
Sarah Palin did what she had to do. She introduced herself to the world. She alluded to her own foibles and her normalcy. I liked that. She seemed real and in the world of stoic Conservatism that’s all too often ruled by rampant XY chromosomes, that was welcomed.
For me, anyway.
Palin joked, she laughed and as far as confronting her Democratic accusers and their questions about her experience and executive capabilities, she gave it right back to them.
She addressed the fact that she is a working mom. A successful working mom.
Now, let’s talk discuss that for a second.
This is what I was talking about at the top of this post when I said that Sarah Palin did her part at winning me over, but what’s really catapulting me on the Palin bandwagon is all the Democratic bullshit about her. Out of nowhere, Democrats, who have made it a point to go eschew traditional values, are suddenly worried about her abilities to be Vice President and be mom to five kids including one with special needs?
Give me a break!!
In 1992, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on 60 Minutes with her husband who was the Democratic candidate for president. When asked about her very active role in his campaign, Clinton responded with something to the effect that she could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what she decided to do was to fulfill her profession which she entered before her husband was in public life.
The comment ignited a firestorm of controversy. Many women were livid, stay-at-home moms were outraged and from what I hear, the Board of Directors at Keebler wasn’t too happy either.
Two weeks later, in one of the most pathetic attempts at recouping lost PR lost points from the 60 Minutes debacle, Hillary released her favorite chocolate chip cookie to a curious American public.
I can only imagine some White House intern found a bag of Chips Ahoy and hurriedly scribbled some semblance of a recipe from the ingredients section off the back of the packaging.
Yeah right…as if Hillary Clinton was at home in her kitchen whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies made “from scratch” with sugar, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, cocoa processed with Alkali and of course, just a pinch of partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil.
Hillary was a mom when she served her eight year term as Co-President. No one questioned her about the separation of Motherhood and State.
Our current Speaker of the House (who’s third in line to the presidency, by the way) spat five kids out of her Pelosi. Did that…DOES THAT make preclude her from her duties relating to heading the House and the majority political party or performing administrative and procedural functions while remaining Representative of her congressional district?
Yet, somehow all of a sudden, the hypocrisy spews forth. Governor Sarah Palin has five kids and according to every liberal Democrat I know, that means by merely joining McCain on the ticket, she’d be doing working moms and women everywhere a HUGE disservice????? She should be home raising her kids??
It’s called “balance” Democrats. I know that’s a foreign concept to you, but working Mom’s across the globe have been doing it for centuries.
Well there you go Sarah, you’re slowly winning me over, but I must admit, your detractors are helping. But I’m starting to like what I’m seeing, what I’m sensing. I also get the feeling that you’re a “doer” as opposed to a “bitcher”. Stay the course and I’ll do my best to support you.
Just change your kids’ names.
(And while you’re thinking of cool adverbial phrases that young Bristol Palin (who’s currently ripe with fetus) can name her baby, check out “The Carnival of the Insanities”.