by John Hawkins | September 11, 2008 9:29 am
The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s VP has been particularly galling to elitist liberal snobs who are appalled that a mere conservative woman might actually be the first female VP.
Here are excerpts from 4 of the most snobbish scribblings about Sarah Palin. You decide which one is the most condescending,
“It’s like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, you know, ‘oh, I’m just a hockey mom’… and she’s facing down President Putin… It’s totally absurd… it’s a really terrifying possibility… I need to know if she really think that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that, I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.” — Matt Damon
“I don’t want Sarah Palin being the representative leader and custodian of my rights, my Constitution and my country any more than I want polygamist compound leader Warren Jeffs baby-sitting for my preteen goddaughters.
As a woman who does not believe what Palin believes, the thought of such an opportunistic anti-female in the White House — in the Cheney chair, no less — is akin to ideological brain rape. What this Republican blowup doll does with her own insides in accord with her own faith is her business. But, like the worst and most terrifying of religious extremists, she seems very comfortable with the idea of imposing her own views on everyone else.
I did not think that women being downgraded to second-class, three-holed chattel would be a pressing concern in my lifetime. I thought it was like polio, or witch burning — an inhumane error that had already been corrected. But after eight years of Republican hegemony, and now the potential ascendance of this sheep in ewe’s clothing, I am so mortally offended I feel like it is really time for women to be angry, hardcore and disgusted again. Not just with old white Christian patriarchs and their hopelessly calcified, religiously condoned misogyny, but also with the self-abnegating, submissive female Uncle Tommies whose ambitions and eagerness to please the powerful males of their tribe are so desperate that they would sell out their sovereignty over their own bodies. And yours too.” — Cintra Wilson at Salon
“Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party’s cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.” — Wendy Doniger at the Washington Post
“As I write this, the whole world is waiting for Sarah Palin, the self-styled hockey mom from Alaska, to make a defining speech at the Republican National Convention and “fire back” at the media that have caused a frenzy of speculation about Palin’s life, politics and family.
That frenzy has generated the impression that the Republicans, in choosing Palin and pushing her family forward into the media glare, have chosen a bunch of Alaskan hillbillies to save the Republican ticket. It’s true, really. And I’ll tell you what has been wrought here – it’s reality-TV run amok.
This is So You Think You Can Be Vice-President? A sequel to the Alaska-only reality TV show So You Think You Can Govern? See, the reality-TV genre can be defined loosely as “shows featuring ordinary people instead of professional actors.” Here we’ve got ordinary people instead of professional politicians.
What’s happening with the Palin story is what has happened over and over again on U.S. TV over the past 20 years. Ordinary, working-class people, sometimes startlingly inarticulate and with messy personal lives, are thrown into the TV spotlight and, by being ordinary – bartenders, truck drivers, hairdressers and janitors on Survivor or Big Brother – they are a good bet for being compelling on TV. The women have names such as Misty and the guys are called Ace, or similar.
Look at the Palin clan – a moose-hunting, snowmobiling couple with a bunch of kids who have soap-opera names: Track, Willow, Bristol, Piper and Trig. There’s the knocked-up teenager daughter, the gun-totin’ mom and even if it seems the teenagers are at it like rabbits, there’s the declaration of deep conservatism and the assertion – later withdrawn in a sort-of manner – that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools. They’re straight out of Survivor, Big Brother, Wife Swap, Love Cruise, Temptation Island, Married by America and Are You Hot?
A few years ago, CBS gave serious consideration to a reality series called The Real Beverly Hillbillies. The idea was to “transplant genuine Appalachian natives into the world of Los Angeles glitz and glamour.” It never happened. But now it has, with a twist – Alaskan hillbillies have been transplanted into the world of Washington politics.” — John Doyle at the Globe and Mail
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