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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Why Are Liberal Writers Playing Into Sarah Palin’s Hands?

posted by on September 11 at 11:44 AM

Please, liberal writers, stop giving John McCain ammunition to paint Sarah Palin as a victim of sexist attacks. Yes, it’s bullshit—the Republicans discovered sexism about 14 seconds after they stopped calling Hillary Clinton a hormonal, power-mad robo-bitch—but voters fall for this shit. And there are many, many better things to attack Sarah Palin on—her repeated lies, her loony religious beliefs, her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest, her near-total lack of experience—without calling her things like “Stepford wife,” “sexy librarian,” “political Viagra,” a “hardcore pornographic centerfold spread,” “cutthroat Texas cheerleader stage mom,” “Republican blowup doll,” “the Nice Mommy,” “an enabling wife,” “the White House bunny,” “It Girl,” and “a power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty.” Even if the point you’re making is that women shouldn’t vote for her. It doesn’t work, and it plays right into Republican hands.

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A friend of mine refers to her as "Old Disaster Area Cunt" He's a community organize, for real, so he took that shit personally. He also says, "If only the cancer had killed Guilliani."

Posted by pragmatic | September 11, 2008 11:43 AM
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Like moths into a flame...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | September 11, 2008 11:46 AM
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What's the matter with It Girl? For that matter, what's the problem with "an enabling wife"?

Posted by keshmeshi | September 11, 2008 11:50 AM
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Shut up.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 11, 2008 11:57 AM
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Don't you mean "Sarah Palin's Hooves"?

Posted by DOUG. | September 11, 2008 11:59 AM
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Fine. Then call her a festering asshole. Or a fistula in the body politic. Or a blood soaked gangrenous sucking chest wound. But for fucks sake stop complaining and call her something.

Posted by Dubcek | September 11, 2008 12:05 PM
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by all means, let's play nice, internets.

take a page from the GOP - they CODE their rascist attacks on BHO. they never say ni gg er, they say HUSSEIN.

Posted by max solomon | September 11, 2008 12:07 PM
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Please, liberal writers: stop writing about Sarah Palin at all. She's a distraction from that other guy who's running for president on the Republican ticket.

Posted by josh | September 11, 2008 12:09 PM
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Go ECB - can we agree the albatross has new life as neck wear for Obama from his potty mouthed blogger supporters... Erica is right .. and most of you are sexist pigs to boot

FLASH ... Palin's last child was fathered by a moose, her pregnant daughter fucks bears. Spread the word.

Posted by Sammie | September 11, 2008 12:14 PM
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Please, liberal writers, stop giving John McCain ammunition to paint Sarah Palin as a victim of sexist attacks.

Fucking seriously.

OMG, Erica, check it out -- we're totally in agreement about something having to do with feminism.

Trippy, huh?

Posted by Judah | September 11, 2008 12:41 PM
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ECB - Generally, I did not agree with your posts regarding Hillary Clinton's treatment, which, for the most part, I felt was respectful throughout the primary.

The attacks on Palin, however, are over the top, and I agree with you 100%.

I admit, maybe this is because the attacks on Hillary came from the Fox News's of this world (which I do not read or watch), and the attacks on Palin are coming from publications, such as The Stranger, which I do read. And, perhaps I expect these attacks from Fox News, and I don't expect them from a progressive news source, because they should be, you know, progressive.

It is fascinating to read the daily vitriol about Palin, even though it is definitely hurting Obama. I wonder how she would be treated if she were the same politician, but 50 lbs heavier or 20 years older?

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 11, 2008 12:53 PM
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But I thought she was a woman. Should we start calling her a dick? A mother fucker?

If we can make fun of Bush for parading around in his make-believe macho flight suit, we can make fun of Palin for the beauty queen vapid twat, I mean cock, that she is.

Posted by robo | September 11, 2008 1:01 PM
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didn't you already post about this? And don't we still not give a fuck?

Posted by Mike in MO | September 11, 2008 1:12 PM
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Sometimes I'm embarassed to be a guy. I just can't cope with all the ego. All that effort to be bigger, tougher, better than all the other guys. Its draining.

Posted by blank12357 | September 11, 2008 1:41 PM
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Maybe this makes me a bad woman, but I don't really feel the need to defend women who actively embrace these old stereotypical gender roles. I'm just end up disrespecting myself by doing so.

Oh, but you are right. Insulting her isn't particularly helpful from a political perspective.

Posted by Ashley | September 11, 2008 1:56 PM
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ECB is absoluetly right.

Posted by Anne | September 11, 2008 2:32 PM
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Agreed.

The power of the Palin--and the reason she's on the ticket--has everything to do with keeping everyone, Right-Center-Left, paying attention to her instead of what a crappy candidate McCain is. The old magicians's trick: "look over HERE."

Let's not aid and abet.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 11, 2008 2:46 PM
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erica, i agree with you wholeheartedly, and i think you should post something like this EVERY FUCKING DAY if you feel it's necessary (and it will be). this whole election is a racist sexist mess and it makes me sick to be a citizen of the US.

Posted by lindsay | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM
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Sarah who?

Posted by Greg | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM
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I concur. Her sex has nothing to do with what's wrong with her. But Republicans - who can play the public's uniformed resentment like Jimi on a Stratocaster - know how to make this the primary issue. It's a trap for Democrats who can be too easily painted as sexists, elitists, etc. Let's talk about her actions as governor, her religious beliefs, and what the outcome of her policies would be on this country. That should be enough to scare the shit out of most people, no?

Posted by Jim Demetre | September 11, 2008 6:13 PM
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I totally agree.

But on the other hand, at rehearsal the other day, I dropped the "Caribou Barbie" nickname and just killed one of the guys who hadn't heard it yet.

He went one better - it's the new improved Caribou Barbie with NRA grip!

OK, back to more substantive matters, I like the notion of pushing her to fess up about her status as a young earth creationist. I think that a lot of low-information suburban voters who may trend conservative but who aren't right-wing nutjobs will have a hard time letting anyone who believes the earth is only 6000 years old near the button.


Posted by Failin | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM

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