Nicole McCleskey

Every successful Republican woman politician today faces the inevitable question … is she the next Sarah Palin? It’s unfortunate that every Republican female leader is put to this same litmus test by the liberal media. The question infers a judgment … that Republican women are not unique or independent-minded individuals; instead, easy to caricature and stereotype.

Liberals who pretend to be pro-woman demonstrate their hypocrisy in perpetually asking the question necessarily making the inference GOP women can’t possibly be smart or capable. Liberals cannot claim to be “pro-woman” if they continue to deride a certain class of women, namely conservatives, simply because they differ ideologically.

Liberals are waging their own War on Women – a war on women who choose to identify as Republican or believe in Republican ideas. And it is as disgusting as it is hypocritical.

Here’s a short list of how the liberal left has demonized accomplished strong Republican women by Palin-izing them:

“Mary Falin Could Be The Next Sarah Palin, and Romney May Make Her VP.” ( )

“Like Palin before her, McMorris Rodgers projects the supermom image this quickly becoming the GOP’s go-to female archetype.”

Is Jan Brewer the next Sarah Palin?

Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the next Sarah Palin?

It’s the liberals seemingly above-board speak for insulting Republican women … and they are getting away with it. The “next Sarah Palin” is acceptable code for liberals to call Republican women unintelligent, unaccomplished and undeserving. It is a label reserved only for Republican women who – on the basis of their gender and party affiliation alone – become targets of the liberal left. Liberals fail to account for the vast differences between these women, preferring the politically expedient course of discrediting their intellect and capacity with broad and unsubstantiated accusations.

Nicole McCleskey

Nicole McCleskey is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies.