Kathryn Lopez

A woman who is pro-life and pro-marriage and embraces that which makes her different from a man while loving men for all they are is not something that was invented when John McCain picked the then-Alaska governor to be his running mate. She's been at home raising children. She's been doing the PTA work. She's been working hard and maybe internalizing some of what the feminist movement told her was the only way to be a success in "a man's world" -- internalizations that have frequently left her unhappy and childless and fighting everything she really truly wanted. Women who are running these days as center-right candidates are not Palin clones and they're not anomalies. They've been around and they're fed up. So many of the Tea Party groups have been started by women between children's Tee Ball games because they see their country in danger. They see so much of what they have always loved about the United States being underappreciated and trampled on legislatively. And so they do the "mama grizzly" thing and work toward protecting it. But you don't have to be an outdoorswoman from Alaska to appreciate that. There's a maternal gracefulness about it. And it manifests itself in different ways, on different issues, because women, just like men, have different issues and different styles and different thoughts and ideas.

It all seems like this would be common sense. But in the chattering class, common sense is frequently a rare commodity. And so you'll continue to hear how bizarre this all is. You can probably just look around your own family, though, to see the writ large writ intimate. The "National Organization for Women" could never actually represent us all. NOW isn't me and NOW we're at a point where it's hard for anyone much to deny.

And who, by the way, do you think has been raising all these male candidates for all these years? Conservative men and voters weren't raised by savages. Mom might have had something to do with how they got to think like they do.

Of course, deny some will. Attack they have, do, and will. If Harry Reid wins over his female challenger, there will be attempts to pretend none of this ever happened and the conservative pro-life woman is just an exotic political animal. If Meg Whitman becomes governor of California and Fiorina takes Boxer's Golden State Senate seat, it will be spun, as it already is, as women doing as the businessmen do, buying their way into office. But the truth is a lot less cynical. Women have free will as much as the next guy. And much of what you're seeing on the political scene right now is simply natural.


Kathryn Lopez

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