Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mrs. Mojo Rising

Sarah Palin really bothers some people. Take Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. She dumps a 55-gallon drum of vitriol in her latest column. And it's personal, too.

Sarah Palin makes me sick. I hate that she was able to steal Barack Obama's mojo just by showing up wearing rimless glasses and a skirt.

I hate that she makes Joe Biden look like John McCain and John McCain look like the maverick he is not.

Bad, Mojo-stealing Sarah. And there's more - she must be a bad mother:

Even with a supportive husband, I doubt seriously that Palin has time to be a hockey mom unless she is making a personal appearance on a campaign trail.

And while 7-year-old Piper Palin gave the world a fuzzy moment on stage at the convention when she licked her hand and smoothed her baby brother's hair, and when Bristol, 17 and pregnant, held Trig against her chest while her mother shook the hands of adoring fans, I couldn't help but wonder what it's really like for these kids.

After all, there's no such thing as a superwoman, and children of driven moms make their own sacrifices.

The charge is nonsense, of course. Children of driven moms make sacrifices. So do children of indolent moms. And children of driven dads. We all make sacrifices at some point or another. No one gets to choose all the circumstances of their life. Children eventually realize that.

Toward the end, Mitchell gets to the real problem with Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin makes me sick because although black Democrats have been responsible for giving white candidates the boost they needed to beat their Republican opponents in tight races, these voters are now being insulted by feminists who say they will cross over into the McCain camp because of her. How can that be?

See, the problem isn't Sarah Palin. It's that feminists owe black Democrats. It's Time. Obama is Here and these nasty feminists aren't getting in line. And the Dream is slipping away. Never mind that feminists are a subset of all women and that many of the women who will support the McCain-Palin ticket are doing so for reasons that have nothing to do with Palin's gender.

One of the things children eventually learn is that while some dreams do come true, not all dreams do. And most children as they mature come to understand that and adjust to the circumstances of their life, especially regarding the things that they cannot control. Perhaps some day Mary Mitchell will come to understand these things, too.

Cross-posted at True North


peggybundy said...

The left has been driven absolutely insane by Sarah Palin.

They cannot comprehend that a woman who is not cut out of the liberal mold is actually running for vice-president. The audacity of it!!

I continue to be astounded with what I see. This stuff isn't up at the Daily Kos or Huffington Post. It's in the NYTimes, Sun-Times, MSNBC - and other spots that we once at least thought were respectable and semi-rational.

Gino said...

"They cannot comprehend that a woman who is not cut out of the liberal mold is actually running for vice-president."

not quite.
if she was dem, they would be all in love with her.
the audacity is that she belongs to the GOP.

remember, the party that normally poo-poos war heroism and military, was all giddy at the idea of john kerry and three purple hearts as their standard bearer.