Kathryn Lopez

Women can be completely irrational. They can be overemotional. They can be downright wrong.

Women can also be right. A woman can be a leader. She can notice things a man might not.

The bottom line is pretty obvious: Women are people, too. We see the world differently than men because we are different and complementary. But we also see the world different from one another, woman to woman.

Rush Limbaugh

This is the breakthrough we're seeing in American history right now: It's becoming next to impossible to successfully deny these realities. From Sarah Palin to Meg Whitman to the even Democrat Blanche Lincoln. In the wake of a series of primary elections this June, there is much talk that we are in another year of the political woman. And this time she is frequently more Right than Left.

In truth, this is neither shocking nor new. The celebrated model of the female politician may have been liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer, fighting against the rights of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. But she was never every woman. Another type of woman, in fact, fought for a woman's right to vote, whether women who voted subsequently realized it or not. They brought a maternal instinct to their activism.

And so when you meet a Palin or a Carly Fiorina or whoever the next woman the media frenzies about as an exotic species, you're not meeting someone who appeared yesterday. When you look at some of the issues we're debating today about preserving who we are and protecting those innocents and the way we were, we're in exactly the place as a nation where a few good women of this kind might do a world of good alongside a few good men.

They'll still try, on the Left, to pretend a woman who doesn't buy the party line of the professional feminist sisterhood is somehow an oddity or, even, a betrayer of women. But the truth is that she may simply represent a commonsense backlash. The feminist movement tried to deny so much what women uniquely can bring to the cultural and political table.

So when you look around right now on the political landscape, you see the shoulder-padded walls of 20th century feminism crumbling throughout the political scene. Some women will always vote Democrat and have liberal views. Just as men will. But they do not vote or think uniformly. And it is not simply because a sexy Sarah Palin figure exists that this is true.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.