Good takes on Palin’s announcement HERE and HERE. See, BOIZ, you really CAN write about Sarah Palin, even if you dislike her politics, without using sexism or misgyny. Martin does a good job and Greta is always excellent. I think Greta had absolutely NOTHING to apologize for to that jackass Greg Jarrett on Fox News and should take her mea culpa back. And it’s so encouraging to see that Greta is on a hair-trigger toward media types willing to use sexism against public women. Even if Greta DID jump the gun on Jarrett, big deal. Let that be a warning shot: Just STOP with the never-ending Palin Derangement Syndrome and sexist onslaught. Just stop. I plan to link to Greta every damn day to show my appreciation to a mainstream journalist who is trying to put her foot down consistently and adamantly. Go Greta!
Riverdaughter is the first Puma to the keyboards with a cogent and responsible reaction to the Palin announcement:
“Now there is a woman who has the potential to split this huge potential voting bloc of women. The “Creative Class” has ditched millions of women whose votes are now up for grabs. The Democratic party has turned its back on union women, poor women, vocational women, older women, retired women, women with health problems. These women were reduced to non-persons who weren’t entitled to participate in their own government. They were degraded, demoralized, dehumanized by their own party. And here comes Sarah Palin, ready, willing and able to scoop them up in a third party run if she wants it. She can distance herself from the Republicans and run as an independent if she chooses. If she’s as tough as I think she is, she might be the crusader who takes on the media and beats them at their game. I’ll be behind her 110% if she decides to do that. I don’t have to vote for her in order to support her efforts against the media, something the so-called Naomi Wolf feminists should have been doing last year.”
I’m taking it a step further. If Sarah Palin runs for President as an Independent I will not only vote for her, I will WORK my ass off for her. The ONLY thing that could stop me from supporting Palin is if she goes hard right and embraces a truly misogynistic platform. HP and Pers and I saw “The Stoning of Soroya M.” yesterday. Face it women, there are MILLIONS of women and girls in the world right now, today, (this very moment while we celebrate our freedom and independence as full American citizens), who are ENSLAVED in horrible and horrifying conditions. Persephone shared some ideas over vodka cocktails after the film about ways we can fight this slavery but I can’t talk about them on the blog. Stay tuned for more info.
In her upcoming speeches and books Palin has to make it clear to us she will champion the freedom and rights of ALL American women. I want to hear more about her support of contraception in the public schools (yes, BOIZ, Palin SUPPORTS contraception and thinks public schools should help kids from fundamentalist families get access to it. Sorry, BOIZ but though you keep trying to turn Sarah Palin into a “fuckable” version of Phyllis Schlafly (sorry, that slipped out — my anger is showing), reality confounds you every damn time. You may forget this, but Palin was significantly MORE LIBERAL than John McCain OR as it turns out barack obama about making contraception affordable to teenagers and poor women. Palin is anti-abortion but is on record as believing the U.S. Constitution includes an inherent right to privacy. She also supports abortion if the mother’s life is in danger. So, Palin’s abortion views are NOT the same as mine and I want her to change them, but I’m more than willing to wait and see on this issue. As Violet Sox has consistently reminded us, Palin NEVER forced rape victims to pay for rape kits. That was a lie and smear too.
The politics of Christian fundamentalism are anathema to any American who believes in democracy and celebrates FREEDOM on this most important of American holidays. America is NOT a Christian nation. Read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are a SECULAR, representational democracy and we ENSHRINED personal, individual LIBERTY in our founding document.
And let me add this statement to hopefully put some developing confusion to rest about the idea of Pumas supporting women candidates simply because they are women. I’ve never changed my view since February 2008, on the eve of the New Hampshire primary when I realized that the “Hillary the Cry Baby” attack meant that the media and the powers that be WERE NEVER GOING TO LET CLINTON even TRY TO WIN. On that day I realized that for a woman to win she would have to combat the monsters from Swamp Misogyny and no woman can do that alone. She will NEED THE REST OF US to keep the monsters at bay and either make a bridge over the Swamp or guide her around it. That is our JOB.
- I want a woman president of the Untied States before I die. Preferably before I’m even all that old. I am single-mindedly DEVOTED to that goal. It’s why I started Puma PAC. What happened last year made it OBVIOUS that unless women organize around that one, beautiful and inspiring idea we will NEVER see a woman in the Oval Office. Swamp Misogyny is too noxious and huge to ignore. We have to UNITE and STAY UNITED with a single, unambiguous goal.
- I have never objected to the fact that black Americans overwhelmingly supported barack obama for president. I’ve always understood and pretty much approved of their unity as a voting bloc. I was one of those who said my favorite thing about obama is that he’s black. Of course that didn’t protect me or any Pumas from being dismissed as racists. The only quibble I have is with their willingness to embrace an UNQUALIFIED black candidate, but who the hell am I to disapprove of their motives or political goals. I also empathize with the disappointment and disillusionment so many African-Americans are in for now that the Black Betrayer is in office. I would bet a million dollars that barack obama will do PRETTY MUCH NUTHIN to improve the quality of life or opportunities for black Americans during his tenure.
- What drives me batshit insane is that women will never face the conundrum of supporting an unqualified woman candidate for ANYTHING. For crying out loud there are qualified women by the THOUSANDS for every office and job in the land, from Supreme Court justice to CEO to President. It is EASY for American women to support women candidates simply because they’re women, all things being equal, because when it comes to women’s qualifications, all things ARE EQUAL!! It’s not like we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find highly successful and competent women of integrity. Women like that are a dime a dozen.
- You bet your ass Puma PAC supports women running for office simply because they’re women. YES WE DO!
One more thing. Expect LOTS of hand-wringing, name-calling, and high emotions to be flying in the upcoming weeks as Pumas jostle with what Palin’s announcement means to us. First off, Puma PAC is a Palin Derangement Syndrome Free Zone. No surprise there, but I think we’ll have to work extra hard to keep the “Crazy Bimbo” talking points at bay. We’re also a Party Ideology Free Zone. And that includes, most vehemently, our objection to Christian Republican Talking Points as much as it does Democratic Hate Talking Points. We’re also not the Hero Worship types. True, many of us love, love, love Hillary Clinton. But we never did, and we still don’t, blindly worship her the way so many Obots adore their Messiah. Our political goals are bigger than Hillary Clinton — always have been and always will be. So leave the Palin Worship at the door please too. It’s not helpful and it limits our ability to openly talk politics and the media.
On the other hand, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am drawn to Sarah Palin and her seemingly authentic image. I really am sort of inspired by the idea of a national woman candidate who does yoga by the lake in the morning. By a national woman candidate who is a very young grandmother just like my own mother was.
So, Sarah Palin, show us who you are. Run as an Independent and 50 million American women will follow your every move. We will watch and listen and learn with open minds and hopeful hearts. Show us you can be the woman who can unite enough of us around a common platform that includes as many of us as possible, and WE WILL SUPPORT YOU. Even Hillary Clinton wasn’t as liberal as I am. She was publicly opposed to same-sex marriage. She invoked God and her faith more often than I like, and she was somewhat squeamish about declaring herself a feminist. She was, in the end, too bound to the Democratic Party. I still love her and I still think she won the Democratic Primaries, would have beaten McCain easily in the general, and would have been stupendously better at the job of president than obama is, but my point is this: For a liberal woman like me, NO CANDIDATE is going to perfectly embody my ideal politician and think exactly as I do. I didn’t expect that from Clinton in order to support her and I won’t hold Sarah Palin to a higher standard than I held Madam Secretary.
Run, Sarah, run.
(oh, and p.s. a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a special young man who makes his Gram as happy and proud as can be every day of the year!)