With winds of change rivaling Hurricane Ike, John McCain’s historic VP pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has blown away the left’s mask of “inclusive tolerance,” exposing an ugly and desperate countenance below. Flummoxed and frantic, their shameful attacks on Palin and her family have revealed that liberal Democrats, the mainstream media, and those malicious hacks in the “progressive” blogosphere are willing to navigate the deepest, darkest sludge of slash-and-burn politics to see their man, Barack Obama, elected President.
The way the media have dispensed with the hold-harmless tradition of “hands-off the kids” and gone after the Palin children is both deplorable and unprecedented. It tells Republicans, Independents, and moderate Democrats alike everything they need to know about the extremist nature of “Obama-mania.”
Examples are plentiful. NBC joked that Todd Palin – Gov. Palin’s husband and father to her five beautiful kids – was having incestuous sexual relations with his own minor daughters, in a disgusting and decidedly unfunny hit-skit on Saturday Night Live. And Lefty pro-bama blogs, such as the Daily Kos, have targeted teenage daughter, Bristol, cruelly attacking her over and again on a personal level. (I imagine Todd’s itchin’ to drag those patchouli-bathed pansies out to the woodshed for a not-so-tender lesson in how to properly treat his little girl.)
“How dare McCain pick her?” they bellow. “How cynical.” To them, she’s not a real woman and they’ve said as much. Just as Clarence Thomas is really a rich white guy in blackface, she’s just a misogynistic female impersonator.
Not surprisingly, the ultraliberal and presumptuously self-styled “National Organization for Women” has been beating the warpath drums, claiming that Palin is “… more a conservative man than she is a woman.” And Wendy Doniger – a feminist Kool-Aid guzzler with the University of Chicago – wrote in Newsweek that “[Palin’s] greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.” (Sorry, gals; Sarah Palin’s most definitely a woman. Suppose some of that hate boils down to the fact that the governor is so easy on the eyes?)
Still, it was uber-fem, Gloria Steinem, who placed her finger directly on liberal feminists’ true bone of contention with Palin, writing, “She opposes just about every issue that women support. … [She] opposes everything most other women want and need.” Of course, Madam Steinem’s “everything most other women want and need” can be summed up in a single word: abortion.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).