As usual, I am late to the party, but I have work responsibilities, among other things.
Recently, Sarah Palin’s memoir Going Rogue came out. Despite that she was and is the lightning rod for many critics, is a former vice-presidential candidate, and happens to be the former governor of Alaska, the Washington Post had someone pan the book who, in the review, admitted to not finishing the book before writing about it.
Newsweek put her on the cover of a recent issue, using a photo taken from an article in Runner’s World in an obvious attempt to delegitimize her. She’s not the only one who thought the photo choice was sexist.
There are many reasons why many people hate Sarah Palin. I suspect that the vast majority of people who voted for Obama dislike Palin. I think that the reasons for this are very simple: Palin is everything Obama is not. She believes wholeheartedly and unapologetically in American exceptionalism; she is wholly self-made and lifted herself by her own bootstraps; she has actual executive experience; she hunts, fishes, and engages in the sorts of rough-and-tumble outdoor activities that the left fears and loathes in equal measure (like shooting firearms); and her life is an open book. She does not put on airs. She is who she is. Add to this the fact that the left despises pro-life women and holds traditional values in utter contempt, and this disgusting outpouring of hatred for Palin shouldn’t come as a surprise.
A few things: we’ve been told many times that no means no. That the woman gets to choose when she’s being sexually harassed. So sexism is sexism, no matter what position the woman who’s being held up as a sex object currently holds. I know that personal dislike tends to blur those lines, but if a standard is being upheld, shouldn’t it go for everybody? Or can we just redefine the terms of sexism whenever we like?
Also, I have purchased and am reading Going Rogue. I’m half-way through the book. So far, Palin hasn’t mentioned the McCain campaign in a negative light yet. If you’re going to comment on the contents of a book, your best bet is to actually read the thing.
Or, you could just kind of go the Martha Stewart route: Sarah Palin is a dangerous person but I wouldn’t read anything of hers if you paid me. That way, you don’t have to do any of the hard work of actually researching, reading, and investigating before forming an opinion. Like most of the people that really do hate her and think she said she could see Russia from her house.