Sitting here watching Sarah Palin debate Joe Biden, the words of columnist Kathleen Parker are ringing in my ears: “(Palin) can't string two sentences together.”
Boy, now that Gov. Palin has finally appeared in the much-hyped vice-presidential debate, I wonder if Kathleen is wishing she could take those words back. The normally reliable conservative writer stunned readers and angered my radio audience when she wrote a scathing column the other day suggesting that Gov. Palin should drop out of the race “for the good of the country.” Parker parroted the mantra of the left by saying that Palin is out of her league and should step aside.
On my radio show today, Parker defended her column. Feisty and a bit combative, she reiterated her belief that Gov. Palin is a lightweight who wasn't “properly vetted” and ought to fade away into the sunset, clearing the way, as she put it, for Mitt Romney to become Sen. McCain's running mate.
I'm still getting angry emails over Kathleen's appearance and expect I will continue to for quite a while.
Kathleen Parker's unexpected tirade took a lot of us by surprise. Then again, it's not the first time a woman has taken an unpredictable turn.
I never have pretended to understand women. Over the course of my marriage, I found myself wondering why my wife seemed to truly feel that yes meant no and no meant yes. I often could simply not figure her out, hard as I tried.
Maybe this bizarre contempt that Kathleen Parker has demonstrated for Sarah Palin is one of those mysterious aspects of being a woman.
In one ten minute phone conversation, Parker went from saying that she “love(d)” Gov. Palin to the mean-spirited line about Palin not being able to string a pair of sentences together. How in the world can someone love someone who is believed to be an imbecile, incapable of even speaking in complete sentences?
Naturally, that doesn't make any sense. Very little of Kathleen Parker's smear of Palin does.
That's why I'm back to thinking it must be a woman thing. And I said so on my radio show. Immediately, female callers from all over the country flooded my phone lines with agreement.
“Some women are catty this way”, said Ellen from Philadelphia. “Especially competitive women. They hate seeing someone like Sarah Palin get elevated ahead of them in any way.”
Kathy from Los Angeles called to say that she worked with a couple of women who behaved like Kathleen Parker did today. “The more accomplished and popular and beautiful the woman in question was, the more the other ladies hated her. They resent other women who are poised, self-confident and clearly comfortable in their own skin.”