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April 03, 2009

Why They Hate Sarah Palin So Much

I think this is overdetermined, personally. A smart friend of mine -- a Democrat who supports Palin -- boils it down to "Professional women hate her because, as a group, they hate themselves and hate their lives and hate their husbands, and resent this working-class upstart for having the life (and husband) they wish they did." Clarification: He was speaking of liberal-ish, feminist ball-buster type women, of course. Not all professional women. I really should have made that clear, but I didn't, so now professional women are defending themselves in the comments. I apologize -- I screwed up. I knew what I meant in my own mind but didn't write it properly. Obviously, professional women who like Palin are not so gripped with envy.

A bit reductivist, but I think that does play into it too.

VanDerLeun thinks it's because she's beautiful, which is part of it, certainly. (Note: His piece has the url fragment "best_palin_anal," which I suppose is short for "best palin analysis," but I am suspicious he's tailored it for the the old Google. He's crafty, isn't he?)

He links this provocative piece, one section of which is pure feminist flamebait nirvana, which I'll quote too.

In playing to the weak, wallflower women who donít want to distinguish themselves in any way, feminism has become an advocacy group for those who lack appeal. With time, it has become an advocacy group for those women who work at not having any appeal. And Iím not talking sex appeal. I mean, being ready to engage in dialogues instead of monologues; talking to people in some way other than as a cross stepmother; motivating your man to come home instead of go out somewhere else, when heís in the mood for some sex; acting like thatís important to you. Weíve seen the incremental rise of a counterculture of females who are in a great hurry not to have any appeal to anyone else, or to be beholden to anyone else ó except other females who donít have any appeal to anyone else and arenít beholden to anyone else. Theyíre a grown-up version of those chubby goth chicks you knew in high school who didnít know how to behave in public, didnít care to learn, were horribly out of shape, and kept to their own at all times. Most of our female politicians seem to think thatís their constituency. This is a sensitive paradigm, and the prospect of shifting it makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

He lists a lot of other reasons they hate Palin, but those aren't as flame-baity fun. (Good stuff, though: Read it.)

Palin's beauty comes with other baggage, too: Because she's such an attractive figure, she's a natural target for tabloid coverage, which is only exacerbated by the fact that the media is determined to tabloidize her in order to make her unacceptable as a leader. That link notes that Levi Johnson, who turns out to be exactly the sort of trailer trash the left claimed he was, is going on Tyra Banks to dish on Palin and to talk about what he and Bristol knew about birth control.

Is that fair? Well, I can't help but think that Levi Johnson has been courted particularly ferociously not just because Palin is an interesting, ratings-generating figure, but because the media wants to make her into a Jerry Springer buffoon.

Where is their interest in, say, allegations that Joe Biden's daughter was a cokehead? Surely we can learn all sorts of cautionary tales about drug use from that story, just the same as we can learn about birth control and youthful sex from Levi Johnson.

But the media doesn't pursue it. Partly because Joe Biden is a goofy old bastard, and his daughter, most likey, is no head-turner (I confess I don't know; I'm going by the averages), but largely because the media wishes to protect Joe Biden (and therefore Obama) from any hint of scandal or "messy family lives" (as Sarah Palin's just-less-than-picture-perfect family life was often referred to).

They don't want to tabloidize him, and so they are not knocking on doors and burning up the phone lines to get Joe Biden's daughter's boyfriends on TV.

The media has their narrative. Sarah Palin, low-class frost-neck chillbilly, and Joe Biden, serious, accomplished man deserving of respect and privacy. The fact that Slow Joe claims a lower-class upbringing himself, and has been caught lying multiple times about his woeful academic record, doesn't change that.

He's a Democrat, and therefore deserving of praise. Palin's a Republican and deserving of nothing but contempt and hatred.

This is the main reason I so loathe the media's claims that Michelle Obama is one classy, nicely-put-together Helen-of-Troy-level beauty. It's not that silly claim in and of itself -- it's because I know the flip-side of such coverage. While Michelle Obama is hailed as incredibly beautiful, Sarah Palin is denigrated as an igloo-trailer beauty queen, and to the extent her beauty is mentioned at all, it is cast in nastily disrespectful terms, as if she's a porn princess and the only reason men like her is because she's a bit of tasty muffin.

If Michelle Obama's so hot, where is the "analysis" suggesting she appeals to men, as Sarah Palin apparently does, primarily due to her suitability as a masturbatory aid?

I've heard that said a dozen times said of Sarah Palin -- not by the MSM, per se, but by the likes of Bill Maher and a dozen other nasty little men they have on their supposed "news analysis" programs to say the things they want said but know they can't say themselves.


The flip-side of Michelle Obama adulation is sheer viciousness against Sarah Palin (and before her, the Bush Twins, who were tagged as sluttish hell-raisers because they ordered margaritas at a Mexican restaurant while a year underage). We didn't hear much about Chelsea Clinton's wild nights (and I'm pretty sure she had them); just what a wonderful, awesome, smart kid she was.

And the Bush Twins? A couple of loose-assed lushes who might or might not be relaxing with inebriants stronger than liquor. (Wink, wink.)

Meanwhile Joe Biden's daughter is alleged to have done coke. No media interest in this story whatsoever.

The media wishes to punish Republicans for daring to hold office, and they know damn well the worst way to hurt someone is to attack his or her family. And so they do.


By the Way: I am tipped to something I didn't want to discuss, because I'm not really down with blog-fights. AllahPundit doesn't like the Worf type insults directed at Michelle Obama, and has warned, vaguely, that indulging in such could result in a ban.

I get where he's coming from: My attacks on Michelle Obama are ugly stuff. Furthermore, the left is always eager to spin any attack on the Obamas as racist, so I get why someone would want to keep a weather eye on such remarks.

My defense as to why I indulge in it is simple: The leftist media angers me so much I want to engage in push-back and, to the extent I can, tear Barack Obama's wife into shreds with the same ugly savagery the MSM shreds Sarah Palin and Bush's daughters.

Now, the best way of handling this, which is probably how Allah prefers handling it, is to shame the MSM into stopping such personal attacks on a politician, and especially stop personal attacks on his or her family.

But I know, as I'm sure Allah does, that shaming these people will not work. They are shameless. They don't feel guilty about these ugly assaults; they feel pride, convinced they are doing the right thing.

So the "shame them" approach is definitely the higher-minded and more moral approach. It has one deficiency: It is utterly futile.

Now, my attacks on Michelle Obama aren't really going to change the world much, either. But at least they are cathartic.

If you're going to go after Bristol Palin, I can't stop you. I can, however, pour the same venom on Michelle "Predator Queen" Obama. Tit for tat.

The Chicago Way-- You put one of mine in the "Fashion Faux-Pas" file, I put one of yours in the Romulan High Command.


Piling On? Eh, fuck it. I'm still pissed off about Palin and the Bush girls.

Michelle O's visit to Europe, with ominous Klingon war-music.



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