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Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

To hear all the attention given to Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies, you might think all of Washington is going to be overwhelmed by new women leaders this year. But despite all the focus on female candidates--from Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman to Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell--ABC News reports that the total number of women in Congress is actually expected to fall in 2010.

There's a perfectly logical reason for this. No matter how many Palin-endorsed conservatives may make inroads, the larger effect of the anti-incumbent anger fueling this year's election is that more Democrats are likely to get voted out. And it won't come as a surprise to many that there are far more Democrats than Republicans among the women at risk. ABC reports that of the 73 women currently serving in the 435-member House chamber, 56 are Democrats and 17 are Republicans.

If the Democrats get the bloodbath that's expected, women could lose seats in national office for the first time in 30 years, reports the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Which leads to the question: Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

On the one hand, she has done much to throw the weight of her popularity among certain groups on the right behind female candidates to help them win primaries. She has warned of a "stampede of pink elephants" and inspired other women to run. On her Facebook page, commemorating the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage, she honors our "feminist foremothers who struggled and sacrificed" and places a call to arms for women leaders: "ladies, let's lead."

At the same time, she is one of the primary cheerleaders of the Tea Party movement that aims to throw out incumbents, particularly Democrats, which currently count more women office holders than Republicans. And though she may be the figurehead of the groundswell of new Republican female candidates, her ability to effectively govern is not taken seriously by most: according to an August 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, just 26 percent of voters have confidence in a Palin presidency.

Of course, the anger fueling the anti-incumbent rage this midterm season is mostly gender blind, and the loss of female candidates is likely to just be a statistical byproduct of it. But it's a reminder of the strange ways in which unintended consequences work. Palin may be encouraging ladies to lead, but her very same efforts might cause women to lose the leadership strides they've already achieved.

By Jena McGregor

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To Arancia12 who wrote

"Your comments are the musing of a diseased and uneducated mind. You haven't a clue what communism and nationalization are. Go brush up and then get back to me."

Having lived in Europe and studied European history for more than 20 years, I am very well aware of what communism and nationalisation are.

It is sad that one who claims the higher level of intelligence resorts to comments such as "diseased and uneducated minds" when all I simply did was to offer a plausible reason as to why Republicans were vehemently against Obamas agenda. Get back to me when you learn how to have a civil discourse.

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 31, 2010 11:34 PM

No way is Sarah Palin good for ugly women. It is important for all ugly women to take her down, to ground her to a pulp, to question her intelligence (even if she is not blonde), and to even claim that she faked being pregnant. Ugly liberal women have been united in fighting against Palin, we just need ugly conservative women to join in.

Posted by: Delongl | October 31, 2010 10:59 PM

Every post by LIBS has the same under tone. They think they are owed something. Healthcare, jobs, job security all because they we're born. LOL

Posted by: askgees | October 31, 2010 9:58 PM

SP is not good for anyone...women, politics, the country....she is so dumb and mean...her 15 min of fame expired a long time ago...let her rant and rave to her heart's content...but STOP covering her as if she is important...she's NOT.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | October 31, 2010 9:06 PM

I can see how a woman like you would dislike her. She speaks about responsibility and that would more than likely effect you and your life style and there for she must be labeled as bad. I bet you also think you have equal rights????

Posted by: askgees | October 31, 2010 9:52 PM

Should palin get on the 2012 prez ticket it would be such a gift to Obama. Obama and the dems must have wet-dreams for just such a contest. He won decisively in '08 but this scenario would be positively breath-taking; probably a record-breaking landslide.

Posted by: spike591011 | October 31, 2010 6:40 PM

LOL Obama won't even get the DEM nomination in 2012. You're ignorance is alarming.....

Posted by: askgees | October 31, 2010 9:43 PM

ANYONE that challenges the norm and makes the powers that be answer the tough questions is GOOD. With out this then things go on as usual.

Posted by: askgees | October 31, 2010 9:37 PM

SP is not good for anyone...women, politics, the country....she is so dumb and mean...her 15 min of fame expired a long time ago...let her rant and rave to her heart's content...but STOP covering her as if she is important...she's NOT.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | October 31, 2010 9:06 PM

This is no longer about a matter of beliefs or preference. It is about stupidity and greed. As long as there are greedy and enough stupid people to follow, we will see the likes of Sarah Palin and her ilk ripping off America just like the Medicine Men and Ladies of old. This is not about the Democrats and the Republicans. It is about dumb religious yahoos wanting to have their own irrational way, while shooting themselves in the foot but are too dumb to know who did it. There should be an intelligence test before you are allowed to vote, or partake in a poll, and frankly, while we are at it, there should be an across the board intelligence test for everyone in America, including illegal immigrants. If you pass, you stay, if you don't you go, including the yahoos. Now, the only question is "Where will they go?" To Alaska?

Posted by: rryder1 | October 31, 2010 7:14 PM

I don't think Sarah Palin is good for anyone, and I don't think she cares about anyone but herself. She is the epitome of an empty suit. We feminists have fought for strong, smart, competent women to have access to positions of power. But incompetent women have benefited from our work as well--they've earned the right to be just as incompetent as a lot of male politicians.

Posted by: Trudestress | October 31, 2010 6:47 PM

Should palin get on the 2012 prez ticket it would be such a gift to Obama. Obama and the dems must have wet-dreams for just such a contest. He won decisively in '08 but this scenario would be positively breath-taking; probably a record-breaking landslide.

Posted by: spike591011 | October 31, 2010 6:40 PM

No....
like when Rodney Dangerfield asked his wife if that was "good for you".... and she replied "that's not good for anybody"

Posted by: aussiebones | October 31, 2010 5:56 PM

This is hilarious. If Palin were a socialist, she would be loved by the left.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | October 31, 2010 5:24 PM

This is hilarious. If Palin were a socialist, she would be loved by the left.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | October 31, 2010 5:23 PM

"her ability to effectively govern is not taken seriously by most: according to an August 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, just 26 percent of voters have confidence in a Palin presidency."

Well on Tuesday there is going to be a very big poll. After the elections will you please write "Obama's ability to effectively govern is not taken seriously by most: according to Tuesday's election results"? This election is after all the electorate sending Obama a message on his ability to lead the country. I won't hold my breath waiting for you to write that though. Nevertheless, it is an absolute tragedy that Obama was ever elected as President in the first place.

Posted by: tmonahan54 | October 31, 2010 5:20 PM

Palin is a moron pissant.

The only thing she is "good" for, is giving lazy newspeople in major media something to write about as a sorry excuse for "News".

Posted by: wcmillionairre | October 31, 2010 5:03 PM

No, Palin is not good for woman in government, because:

1) She is uninformed and refuses (after two years now) to prepare herself. She cannot even be interviewed in public, and must hide behind Fox news and other protective hacks. She would embarrass women everywhere.

2) She takes on some responsibility then quits, as she stuck it to the Alaskan's who voted for her as governor.

3) She sets exactly the wrong tone for modern women, acting as if they should all emulate men. Her comments about having to "man up", being "limp", and so on may be meant to insult men, but in reality they are much more insulting to women than men. What Palin is saying is that women should not express the womanhood as legislatures, but rather, they should "man up" and act in the authoritarian, non-empathetic, billigerent, etc. so characteristic of men. She is trashing her own female gender, which is the last thing women need at this point in history. The same gender-trashing is evident in her dumb, cutesy, cheerleaderish persona that she presents in public.

Posted by: dougd1 | October 31, 2010 3:42 PM

To Arancia who commented that the favourite word of Conservatives is "NO". I would suggest their favourite is "HELL NO" and thank the Lord for that.

Card Check (union takeover) HELL NO

Cap and Tax(Obama and his buddies make trillions and you pay for it) HELL NO

Socialised Medical Care (Canada ay)HELL NO

Nationalisation of Major Industries HELL NO

Communists in the White House HELL NO

Acorn Electoral Fraud HELL NO

You get the picture, heckuva job Republicans.

POSTED BY: MCKENNA7 |

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Dearest Mckenna7.

And you wonder why there is no more bi-partisanship. It takes two.

Your comments are the musing of a diseased and uneducated mind. You haven't a clue what communism and nationalization are. Go brush up and then get back to me.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 31, 2010 3:39 PM

Sarah Palin . . .

The legacy of John McCain.

Way to go dude.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | October 31, 2010 1:31 PM

Palin QUIT the governorship in Alaska in order to pursue the almighty dollar; she is not the model for women. Palin is a quitter. Lisa Murkowski, her Alaskan rival, IS the model for women: she is not a quitter. In fact, it looks like her decision to stay in the AK Senate race after being defeated in the primary, may be successful. Murkowski is the real deal, no matter what your political persuasion. Ditto, Barbara Boxer, in CA, who was left for dead, but is currently leading in her re-election bid. Ditto Kirsten Gillibrand, who early on was not given much of a chance to get elected in NY. Then, there is Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Claire McCaskill (MO)--great role models.

Posted by: dozas | October 31, 2010 1:05 PM

No, Sarah isn't all that bright, has little knowledge of current events, bizarre perception of the history of the nation and is too vitriolic. In some sort of desperate attempt to 'marry' her femininity with strong 'shoot 'em' down grizzly bear killing mamma bear persona, she makes a great Faux commentator but an extremely poor legislator which is probably why she had to resign before her governorship was up.

For Sarah it's all about the bucks - not the bucks you shoot, but the bucks she got a glimpse of when she joined the McCain campaign. The first thing the Palin's did was grab hold of all the spending power they could get their hands on. Now she's a high-payed Faux commentator and shows up at political events when the money is large enough, and also getting those campaigns to pay for first class transport and amenities. Her reality show starts soon on some cable channel, her teenage mom-daughter mom is dancing away on another station (and scarily, the Palin machine is trying to portray this poor uneduated teeneage mom as some sort of spokesperson for that generation?? REally? A poorly educated unwed single mom who doesn't even have a job? Isn't that the sterotype the right hate???)

If you think she's all about the country then you are too desperate for a leader your party hasn't been able to give you.

Posted by: kec132 | October 31, 2010 1:00 PM

NO.

Posted by: nana4 | October 31, 2010 12:32 PM

Democrats should only be so lucky as to have Palin as GOP candidate for Pres. She will make Alf Landon look like an attractive alternative. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: rdorff | October 31, 2010 11:26 AM

Well . . .

. . . it does seem like a Palin has turned into a political force (electable or not - most probably not) based on the single fact that a significant percentage of the male demographic wants to have sex with her . . .

Does THAT sound like a good thing for women?

. . . just sayin' . . .

Posted by: palmtree2001 | October 31, 2010 11:09 AM

Sarah Palin is a disaster for women in politics, just as she has been a disaster for Alaska. Sarah Palin is headed for a major defeat in Alaska through her tea party supported Senate candidate, Joe Miller. There is a good chance that a Democrat, Scott McAdams may be Alaska's new Senator. And with his win, many other Alaskan seats may shift to the Democrat side of the aisle. But if Lisa Murkowski (write-in R) wins the battle of the "ladies", the war is far from over, as this is a cat fight that is tearing the Alaska Republican party apart, for more than just this election.

Posted by: Alaskafisher | October 31, 2010 10:40 AM

Palin"is good" only for Palin.

She gets more media attention than a person who got elected Gvernor of Alaska and quit after a year or so deserves.

Her presence on the ticket wth John McCain enabled him to "snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory".

With the aid of the so called main stream media she is pulling off the biggest con-job since Bermie Madoff.

Posted by: WESHS49 | October 31, 2010 10:27 AM

Is it good for any gender to be represented by someone as superficial as Palin?

Palin is devoid of substance on a myriad of issues both foreign and domestic. Do you think its only a coincidence that she avoids the media, campaigns through "Twitter" and friendly crowds that don't ask questions?

Palin has found a comfortable formula that feeds her ego and her bank account with minimal risk.

Posted by: Richard18 | October 31, 2010 9:04 AM

Palin is good for Palin, which is the only objective she has in mind. By a fluke, she has become a media figure, pushed relentlessly by the likes of Fox News. Most women, however, actually have to be competent in order to be successful. The example she sets for young women is horrible. As is the case with many young men who want to be athletes, only a few will succeed. In the case of political women, the quota of airhead, big mouths is very small. There are few who can succeed copying her, thank God.

Posted by: jm817 | October 31, 2010 8:25 AM

Sara is good for those who are uneducated and dependent on men or husbands for money for their livelihood. While her husbands was cleared of charges in Alaska of running the government up there and strong-arming others that is not to say he really was innocent..they just had no proof They did not call him the first dude for nothing nor was he spending all day in her offices because he was her secretary.

What amazes me is the republicans who refuse to say anything negative or have a 10 ft. pole between their selves and Sara and keeping them from the truth. And she is the very one who is unseating some republicans and supporting those "she" rather "her leaders" want to take office. Sara walks in the room and the republicans are snickering trying not to look at her as they behave like adolescents having their first "crush". You know what they say.."sex sells!" And that is my opinion of the "show"

Posted by: mac7 | October 31, 2010 8:23 AM

As everyone knows, God loves all of us, liberals and conservatives alike, Republicans as well as Democrats, and everyone in between. That said, God hopes that Liberals and Dems win as many seats in Congress as the Conservatives, Tea Partiers, and GOP members. And if it goes in favor of the GOP in this election, God will help the Dems make up for it up the road. God knows we are all Americans, and he would not have it any other way. He knows that people who preach fear and hate are not following his rules. Love and kisses everyone.

Posted by: dallen35 | October 31, 2010 3:50 AM

Palin is good for Palin, and only for Palin. She has betrayed everyone who ever supported her: just ask them, if you don't believe me, or haven't noticed for yourself. That scrffy sap Miller in Alaska is only her most recent victim.

Posted by: morphex | October 31, 2010 3:46 AM

Progressives should think about this; a very poor article such as this, based on a premise that is to say at a minimum loose, has generated more comments than any other article recently posted on this website. This tells you that the Governor is a real player and that mediocre journalists (such as this one) only need to put her name in the lead of their article to gain attention and to extract vile comment from the seriously offensive left. we Cons love it..

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 31, 2010 2:58 AM

That question was meant to be a joke right? If not, then you White Women have lost it! Palin is getting the "Great White Hope Ride" like that boxer every needs in Boxing. Palin truly lacks the skills and mental aptitude to even hold the position of Vice or President. Then the BIGGEST slap in the face is the run on the family. Palin's daughter is a Star by doing what? Never thought Hoochies counted as Star's. And I think its too late to get pregnant, have the Baby, then launch some anti-sex campaign, funny though if this were a Black teen to 20 White folks would have had the TV Station canned them!

Only thing Palin has shown me is that "White Folks" still have it in their hearts! They are so busy talking about Black President and times have change, Please reality is always the true test! Any Country with Palin for President is a Country of FOOLS!

Posted by: ifordc | October 31, 2010 12:38 AM


Sarah Palin is the biggest embarrasment to women that we have seen in the last century!

She speaks for Republican formulas, not for intelligent women in this nation!!

Vetted by McCain for 30 minutes in an Airport cafe, what did you expect?!?!?

Jessica Simpson would have been a better option!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 30, 2010 11:00 PM

Palin is nothing less than the most cynical Republican Ideal of what a woman should be--

A barely-college educated puppet that can read cue cards and spit out folksy, one-liners delivered with all eloquence of a scorned high school cheerleader...

SHE is the worst thing to happen to working women in the last CENTURY.


Posted by: misssymoto | October 30, 2010 10:56 PM


Palin supports candidates who will uphold the Constitution to which they take an oath, who are not corrupt and won't introduce legislation which has to be passed before it is read. Candidates who put country before party.

The fact that those Democratic women and some RINOs i.e, Murkowski, will lose their seats are of their own making.

Democrats and some Republicans are afraid of Palin because if she becomes a woman of power it won't be business as usual in DC.

I think a Palin/Demint ticket would clean up the swamp in DC that Pelosi failed to do since 2007.

November 2nd can't come soon enough!


Posted by: janet8 | October 30, 2010 9:49 PM

Would Palin be good for women in government? Why do we as women fall for continuing the sexist bias? Who HONESTLY cares if a man or woman, black or white, leads the country? What we are interested in is their character, judgment, and principals. Should we not look at what they stand for vs. what they condone?

People say Palin is about chasing the dollar. Well is that not everyone in America? Funny, Obama’s personal coffers are busting at the seams since this mess started and everyone looks the other way.

Obama puts out a book and its all ok. Hmm, and I thought being President would keep you too busy to mess with books to make money, but who has questioned it?

The upcoming election will cause women to loose seats in Congress, well there again, this should not be about men or women, and the fact that women will lose seats is ONLY because of the political party they support, it has nothing to do with their gender!

A BLACK man lands in office and we all complain – is total counter racism. People are not screaming because of his color – why don’t people stick to the issue – it’s not color, not gender, not party – it either works or it doesn’t. Simple.

However, my vote – ANYONE who still manages to shine and bear their head up after all the mudslinging, and who has let the chips fall and is smart enough to grab a bucket, obviously has some character! So a resounding YES!!

Posted by: sueglock | October 30, 2010 9:35 PM

Of course Palin isn't good for women in government - she's a wing-nut, and so are the women she supports, like O'Donnell and Angle. They fit the old stereotype of women as brainless idiots who are more concerned about how big their boobs are than doing the serious work of governance. Of course, the problem is not with women - it's these nut-jobs that want to claim that they are representative of them. Hopefully, women especially will take exception to them, and make sure they go back to lookig for Russians from their back porch.

Posted by: garoth | October 30, 2010 9:13 PM

To Arancia who commented that the favourite word of Conservatives is "NO". I would suggest their favourite is "HELL NO" and thank the Lord for that.

Card Check (union takeover) HELL NO

Cap and Tax(Obama and his buddies make trillions and you pay for it) HELL NO

Socialised Medical Care (Canada ay)HELL NO

Nationalisation of Major Industries HELL NO

Communists in the White House HELL NO

Acorn Electoral Fraud HELL NO

You get the picture, heckuva job Republicans.

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 30, 2010 7:08 PM

The sad thing for a woman of the 60's who fought for equal rights, rape laws, divorce laws, custody laws, equal pay. etc.
is to watch women in 2010 with bowling ball breasts, lips that look like jello, skirts that could not get shorter, a face that will not age and wobbling around on shoes that hark back to ancient Japan.
To say we are shocked at your stupidity. Well we are.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | October 30, 2010 7:03 PM

The question raised in this article rises from the premise that a lot of Democratic women will lose their seats in Washington. Would they not have lost their seats anyway?

The reason they are losing their seats is because of the disastrous socialist policies of Obama, Reid and Pelosi that have caused a $5 trillion defecit since they took over congress. Ergo, Obama, Pelosi and Reid are bad for women.

The Governor is only guilty of pointing this out to the sensible people in the USA.

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 30, 2010 7:01 PM

I don't want Palin near anything that matters.

Posted by: Henry5 | October 30, 2010 6:38 PM

Palin is not even good for flag sales. She is a quitter and money grubbing oportunist.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | October 30, 2010 6:00 PM

Only in your twisted deranged mind has Palin created divisiveness..
liberals are mentally ill.
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Wow, get out that super-size bottle of Prozac for SusanGate1. Irrepressible hate fueled by the intellect of a rock. All of the essential qualities of a Teanderthal!

Posted by: wiltonsjs | October 30, 2010 3:22 PM

To Jena McGregor and all others who have weighed in on this issue I would ask this question: Would we as a society (or as women for that matter) hold one man up as a litmus test to determine whether or not they would "lose the leadership strides" they had made on behalf of their gender? How about we just assess her on her merits and not make broad assumptions about how she affect the rest of her gender...we certainly do that for men, so lets try to give ourselves a women the same courtesty if we truly want equality in the political sphere.

POSTED BY: SARA_S_PLATT

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This is a very nice post and seems sincere. I have one issue with it. Women have not yet achieved parity with men. They do not receive the same pay or the same leadership roles.

Therefore, it is vitally, vitally important that women who obtain leadership roles in our government are the best and smartest women possible.

If we allow women who are not intellectually curious and professionally competent take those roles, women will only make it harder to achieve parity.

I was in the military for 24 years. In my time I saw women promoted and was pleased when competent, smart women made the grade. I didn't always like them but every woman who made the military or their career field better made it better for me.

However, I saw plenty of women promoted because they they were pleasing to men. They were not competent, they were not professional, they were good looking women who knew how to stroke some male ego.

When they failed, which they inevitably would because they were not competent, they failed spectacularly. And the comments about women being incapable of military leadership would start. Then no more women would be promoted until some woman managed to charm her way into the old boys club where she would fail and the cycle would start again.

Mrs. Palin is the wrong woman. I will not only not support her I will cry it from the rooftops. She is pleasing to the men in her party. She is pleasing to the number of women who think women can be leaders but still maintain a role that is passive to men. She will fail, and it will be disastrous. She will hurt all women.

I can't think of why any woman would wish this on us.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 30, 2010 1:22 PM

This is really stretching the facts to make this premise. A more relevant story would have been "Is Sarah Palin supportive of women in government" to which the answer is a resounding YES.

POSTED BY: MCKENNA7

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Actually it's a resounding NO (the favorite word of conservatives).

She is supportive of conservative women only.

What a TV talking-head says about a person is of no concern to me although it appears to be to you.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 30, 2010 1:08 PM

I couldn't have said it better. The majority of people see the liberals for what they are.
Hate filled idiots.

POSTED BY: SUSANGATE1

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If this is not the definitive example of the pot calling the kettle black...

Posted by: arancia12 | October 30, 2010 1:04 PM

Is it good for Hispanics that Sotomayer is on Supreme Court? Is it good for African-Americans that Obama is in the White House?
Is it good for women that Hillary is Secretary of State?
How very patronizing, the assumption that the female candidates cannot also represent a range of views, just as males do. And part of the issue with Palin was not Palin, but the media's mercilessly sexist attacks--I'm not in Palin's party but she withstood a firestorm of disrespectful sexism without flinching. So yes, she is a positive role model.

Posted by: Beckola | October 30, 2010 11:59 AM

Why do liberals and leftists have to be so insulting and crude? Is it because their views and arguments are weak or unpopular? The way liberals demonize conservatives is the same tactic Hitler used against the Jews!
Posted by: RayK1


I couldn't have said it better. The majority of people see the liberals for what they are.
Hate filled idiots.

Posted by: susangate1 | October 30, 2010 11:49 AM

Rbsher
...spews "Sarah Palin is mean spirited and has succeeded in dividing this great country down political and racial lines. "

No, that would be your messiah... Obozo in chief.
"Republicans can ride in the back of the bus"
"our enemies".. the people who want to uphold the laws?

Only in your twisted deranged mind has Palin created divisiveness..
liberals are mentally ill.

Posted by: susangate1 | October 30, 2010 11:46 AM

If the Democrats get the bloodbath that's expected, women could lose seats in national office for the first time in 30 years, reports the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Which leads to the question: Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

WEll certianly not for your side...good for the women conservatives.

Posted by: susangate1 | October 30, 2010 11:42 AM

Progressive Democrat for Life!
Posted by: sun52shine
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I personally think that a life sentence is too harsh just for being a progressive Democrat. I would say that five years is plenty! :)

Seriously, "progressive democrats" need to remember that Bush is no longer president. And, more important, amidst all the babble, he has steadfastly refrained from criticizing Obama. He once said about Obama, "He is entitled to my silence" and that is all he said.

The so called progressive democrats also need to remember that they are not right on all issues and Republicans are not wrong on all issues.

Try sometime to look at some facts about what choices we are making and where our money goes.

Think about these facts. The Chinese just built the world's fastest supercomputer. And, the budget of OUR National Science Foundation, UNDER OBAMA, is only one fifth of the INCREASE in medicaid budget from 2009 to 2010.

Progressives have the mantra, "More social spending" rather than defense. they are not aware that they have been saying this for a long time and THEY HAVE ALREADY SUCCEEDED. So social spending is now several times greater than what we spend on defense, and IT IS KILLING THE FUNDS WE NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT!

We need a president who is not obsessed with social spending. Some of it is fine. But more and more of it all the time is destructive.

Posted by: rjpal | October 30, 2010 11:41 AM

Please liberals, just keep smearing and attacking Palin... you are doing wonders for the Repubs at the polls!
The louder you scream and try to hurt her verbally, the more the sane people see you as crazy, and the "others" like Palin as sane.
Good job.. crazies.. thanks.

You are saving the country from the likes of hate filled lunatics like you.
And that is not a smear, the truth!

Posted by: susangate1 | October 30, 2010 11:40 AM

Progressive Democrat for Life!
Posted by: sun52shine
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I personally think that a life sentence is too harsh just for being a progressive Democrat. I would say that five years is plenty! :)

Seriously, "progressive democrats" need to remember that Bush is no longer president. And, more important, amidst all the babble, he has steadfastly refrained from criticizing Obama. He once said about Obama, "He is entitled to my silence" and that is all he said.

The so called progressive democrats also need to remember that they are not right on all issues and Republicans are not wrong on all issues.

Try sometime to look at some facts about what choices we are making and where our money goes.

Think about these facts. The Chinese just built the world's fastest supercomputer. And, the budget of OUR National Science Foundation, UNDER OBAMA, is only one fifth of the INCREASE in medicaid budget from 2009 to 2010.

Progressives have the mantra, "More social spending" rather than defense. they are not aware that they have been saying this for a long time and THEY HAVE ALREADY SUCCEEDED. So social spending is now several times greater than what we spend on defense, and IT IS KILLING THE FUNDS WE NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT!

We need a president who is not obsessed with social spending. Some of it is fine. But more and more of it all the time is destructive.

Posted by: rjpal | October 30, 2010 11:40 AM

Sarah Palin is mean spirited and has succeeded in dividing this great country down political and racial lines. A friend sent this message to me last week and I think it fits perfect with Sarah's message on the US:

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick.

If Sarah was a champion of people rather than the dollar ($) then she would be equally outraged by all of this as I am.

Progressive Democrat for Life!

Posted by: sun52shine | October 30, 2010 11:15 AM

Good column - which has brought about excellent comments. How do I (female) feel about Palin? One must realize Palin will continue with her 'winky' eye, snarky opinions, 'family and God' oration - as long as she continues to receive thousands of dollars to keep repeating her canned speeches (oh, you might get an extra wink with the tic in her left eye) and as long as people (like me) read columns about her, she will stay 'on stage'. It's not that she is irristable, I'm always interested to know what stupidity, ignorance, hatreds, misinformation, lies, distortions will foam from her mouth. She has been one of the 'leaders' which has been tearing our country to pieces. Hopefully, when the 'crowds' learn what she really is, she will disappear from newsprint, tv, on stage, at hateful rallies and our country will begin to put the pieces back in place.

Posted by: rbsher | October 30, 2010 11:14 AM

The answer to your question is a big "HELL NO".

Posted by: kimL1 | October 30, 2010 10:10 AM

One posting said ''Sarah has a journalism degree'', therefor not dumb. It took her 4-5 colleges to FINALLY get that degree. They somehow go her thru.

Then, there was the posting that said her first choice in life was to be in show business, and this is the stage she finally found. I agree. She is a great stand-up comic. Just do not take her too seriously. She now has her reality show starting soon-----maybe this will give her that fame she so wants, and using the intelligence (or, lack of) that she has.

And, as far as women go, I do not know of a single woman who would ever vote for her, or think they would vote for any woman she endorses. Then, my friends are not so dumb.

Posted by: Channah | October 30, 2010 9:25 AM

One posting said ''Sarah has a journalism degree'', therefor not dumb. It took her 4-5 colleges to FINALLY get that degree. They somehow go her thru.

Then, there was the posting that said her first choice in life was to be in show business, and this is the stage she finally found. I agree. She is a great stand-up comic. Just do not take her too seriously. She now has her reality show starting soon-----maybe this will give her that fame she so wants, and using the intelligence (or, lack of) that she has.

And, as far as women go, I do not know of a single woman who would ever vote for her, or think they would vote for any woman she endorses. Then, my friends are not so dumb.

Posted by: Channah | October 30, 2010 9:14 AM

Remember (and most Americans have real short memories) when during the 2008 campaign the Republicans made fun of President Obama as a "personality". They made fun of his large crowds and his super star image. Well that was bunk but Sarah Palin is nothing but an empty personality. The press has made her what she is by reading her Tweets as if they really mean anything. She is a shallow quiter who is laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the media. The same people who didn't do their jobs when Bush unleashed his pre-emptive strike on Iraq and did not have a plan after they surrendered. Where was the press? Cowering and afraid of the Bush White House.

Posted by: willin46 | October 30, 2010 4:19 AM

To Jena McGregor and all others who have weighed in on this issue I would ask this question: Would we as a society (or as women for that matter) hold one man up as a litmus test to determine whether or not they would "lose the leadership strides" they had made on behalf of their gender? How about we just assess her on her merits and not make broad assumptions about how she affect the rest of her gender...we certainly do that for men, so lets try to give ourselves a women the same courtesty if we truly want equality in the political sphere.

Posted by: sara_s_platt | October 30, 2010 1:44 AM

I love the way the mere mention of Sarah Palin makes progressive heads explode to the extent that they make the most uninformed and vile comments.

Example "Palin is dumb and she is a quitter.". Sarah has a journalism degree and successfully ran the State of Alaska (77% approval. Unfortunately progressives misuse of Alaskan laws forced her to pass the baton to someone who could continue an agenda that was good for the Alaskan people.

I salute Sarah for her great courage to put personal ambition aside and think only of what was good for Alaska. Fortunately for Sarah this act of selflessness was rewarded in the form of an extremely successful book and a well paid media contract.

Unfortunately this immense success only embittered the progressives more to the extent where they foam at the mouth at the mention of her name. So sad.

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 30, 2010 12:55 AM

Sarah Palin has hurt women in government. Most of us are more intelligent than to want to be "Mama Grizzlies." She has no real message, policy, ideas, or ability to communicate intelligently with women who actually think, not to mention the ability to stick with anything. She will destroy the Republican party. She is a bomb thrower who throws out negativity, insults, hides behind her twitter screen and is a media celebrity. Frankly, I'll take brains any day. Most Republican women I know do not respect nor admire her. She is a Tea party and media celebrity and she has no real respect amongst educated intelligent women.

Posted by: sharronkm | October 29, 2010 11:23 PM

Why do liberals and leftists have to be so insulting and crude? Is it because their views and arguments are weak or unpopular? The way liberals demonize conservatives is the same tactic Hitler used against the Jews!

Posted by: RayK1 | October 29, 2010 9:58 PM

A self-made female political leader is Secretary and Professor Condoleeza Rice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condoleezza_Rice

Posted by: dummy4peace | October 29, 2010 9:22 PM

Lets see a woman politician who owes no husband, no father, and no party her power or leadership. A woman who has more power and influence than any man in her party. A self made independent woman.

Is she good for other women?

No, she sets the bar too high.

Posted by: jy151310 | October 29, 2010 9:10 PM

Sarah Pallin has set the women's movement back a 100 years. Talk about dumb.

Posted by: observator1000 | October 29, 2010 8:38 PM

I have a serious problem with the fact that this woman is given so much attention when she is a real joke and no one should take her seriously, especially in the political arena.
She is such a slap in the face of all those women in the US who have worked hard and studied hard for decades to be taken seriously in the workplace, and who have actually accomplished something important and meaningful. The press is obviously controlled by those few in the 5 percent who want the rest of us to suffer and continue to fight each other for the rest of the American pie.

Posted by: michelangelocooper | October 29, 2010 8:34 PM

"ladies, let's lead."


Sarah Palin knows she's got no chance to be elected for any new political jobs, so now she's trying to ride on other women's skirt hems. They (allegedly) lead, while she (incorrectly) claims the credit for them getting the job.

Posted by: momof20yo | October 29, 2010 8:14 PM

I don't beleive she is good for anyone. It seems with all the problems, mostly inherited from previous admin., people have lost the direction and sense of right vs. wrong. This confusion in voting, which is kind of normal, is gonna cost us even more.

Posted by: HooshangKharabaf | October 29, 2010 7:23 PM

It's not unusal she breeds contempt so did hillary.But hillary has been tested and has landed on her feet.Even the theft of the presidential election she was able to stand proud.But given her many years in politics and a ruthless spinster for a hubby she had it easy and after all she was a wealthy attorney/land baron and all around insider married to a trailer boy toy

Posted by: jmounday | October 29, 2010 6:20 PM

Yes. Palin is good for women in government because she breaks the ceiling for both Democrats and Republicans. She also opens the door for female Republicans.

Given that the Democratic party pretends to equality there should be many more women than there are in government. And it's only misogyny that could have picked Obama over Clinton in 2008.

Face it, Hillary Clinton would have been head and shoulders better than Obama.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 29, 2010 5:56 PM

The answer is NO! Why are you asking this question? She's actually very stupid but shewed. Her communication skills don't make sense to me. I don't understand why she has a following. She's not articulate and I have NEVER heard any real solutions for our country's problen....she just repeats the same talking points. And I don't like liars.

Posted by: lindarc | October 29, 2010 4:52 PM

Answer: NO!

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 29, 2010 4:32 PM

Hmm...I seem to remember there were so-called "conservative" Congresswomen who followed Bush/Cheney over the cliff from 2000-2008, rubberstamping approval of everything they wanted to. I'm still waiting for all those jobs to magically appear as a result of the Bush tax cuts that have been in force for 8 years now. If those tax cuts haven't produced any jobs by now, they never will.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | October 29, 2010 4:04 PM

I refuse to be baited by anything Palin-related. If we moderates would just refrain from responding to the Palin lover posts, the Palin lovers would only have their love for Palin to talk about with each other. Then she would just fade away . . .

Posted by: seaduck2001 | October 29, 2010 3:37 PM

Cant wait for Floridians to wake up and throw Washerman out too.

Posted by: votingrevolution1 | October 29, 2010 3:19 PM

Sarah Palin is first a CONSERVATIVE, this is why she is admired by many. The gutless democratic female congresswomen followed O'bama over the cliff of obamacare like lemmings following the piper. If any congresswoman had any backbone and opposed obamacare, her job would probably not be in jeopardy this election cycle.

Posted by: jjlj | October 29, 2010 2:52 PM

Being snarky and sloggany is not the same as being thoughtfully intelligent. Palin no. 1 priority is making money, folks. If she was really interested in holding office and showing she can handle real responsibility, she wouldn't have quit her job as governor.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | October 29, 2010 2:41 PM

Sarah Palin is a sorry excuse for a human being, much less a woman. She is only in this for herself. She loves the fame and the money.

Posted by: chlind | October 29, 2010 2:40 PM

After herself, Palin's for the far right. She wants Mama Grizzly ultraconservative women, not just any women (see Murkowski, Lisa).

Posted by: bitterblogger | October 29, 2010 2:16 PM

This is just another section of the Post asked to attack Sarah Palin. The classifieds are next; then a sportswriter will chime in. The really cool thing about this 'leadership guru': She cites a "Sixty minutes/ Vanity fair" poll. uh huh. And what is a 'leadership stride'?

Posted by: chatard | October 29, 2010 2:06 PM

"Hard to think Sarah Palin could do worse for the American taxpayer! "

This line of thinking is REALLY dangerous. This country is not at rock bottom. We could still go a LONG way down. Someone as ignorant as Palin could easily take us there.

Both parties are guilty of this sort of thinking. The Democrats were the same way with Bush. I think Bush did a pretty awful job, but there were plenty of democrats that could have done worse. The American voter needs to be more educated and not just blindly vote out incumbents.

Posted by: stevie7 | October 29, 2010 1:59 PM

Sociopaths don't care about the consequences of their acts.

Posted by: sufi66 | October 29, 2010 1:54 PM

CBS/New York Times Congressional Approval Rating is now at 10%

Obama - 44% approval rating

Hard to think Sarah Palin could do worse for the American taxpayer!

Posted by: 2012frank | October 29, 2010 1:51 PM

Just like Clarence Thomas has been tool of white supremacist racists who want to crush the aspirations of African-Americans, Sarah Palin is the tool of "conservative Christians" who want to crush the aspirations of women by putting women in their place. I see no contradiction. A self-serving grifter is a self-serving grifter is a self-serving grifter.

Posted by: jjedif | October 29, 2010 1:47 PM

Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

Not unless they can strip down a 30.06 blindfold and put it back together in under a minute...

Posted by: demtse | October 29, 2010 1:36 PM

We need women that will support our Conservative values.

Women that will lead us into Socialism need to be defeated!

And on Tuesday we will weed out those that are out to destroy our country and that are trying to turn the middle class taxpayers into Serfs!

We left Europe to find freedom.

Now we are fighting the Progressives to keep our freedom!

Posted by: Acornisascam | October 29, 2010 1:33 PM

No matter how hard I try I can't like this woman. I like the TP ideals on reducing the scope of the federal govt and on personal accountability. I can ignore the religious right babbling. I can ignore their anti-abortion views. I can even ignore their sad 1950's women rights issues. What I can not and will not ignore is Sarah Palin. That's the one area I won't compromise.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | October 29, 2010 1:25 PM

"If you lose your job because you screwed up, don't blame the snitch, and don't blame the person taking your job after you got fired. Blame yourself for screwing up."

But if your employer fires you for not being able to undue eight years of screw ups in less than two years, maybe you just have a fickle, impulsive, short-sighted employer.

Posted by: stevie7 | October 29, 2010 1:20 PM

Shame on Sarah Palin for forcing Democrat female representatives to . . .
vote against the will of the American people
make fun of the American people
call the American people ignorant
call the American people racists

If Dem female politicians hadn't been forced by Sarah Palin to do these things they would'nt face being fired.
Bad Sarah Palin.
Must be a witch forcing the Dem women to do such things.

Posted by: jfv123 | October 29, 2010 1:15 PM

Twenty-six percent? Is it really that high? That's scary.

I would like to think we're beyond worrying about gender (and also race) in elections. Women candidates are slinging and getting slung with as much mud as men candidates this time. I don't see any women candidates being approached with kid gloves. Maybe that's a sign of true equality.

Posted by: bucinka8 | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM

who cares? I am a woman and don't vote for a candidate because she may be a woman. Women have never done that, unlike some other groups.

You vote for someone one as they share your political view and/or you believe will do a good job in the position.

Of course maybe I am wrong, maybe you should vote for a moron simply because they are the same gender or race as you are.

Posted by: kathymac1 | October 29, 2010 1:00 PM

My wife and daughters consider Sarah Palin an embarrassment to women.

Posted by: georgereston | October 29, 2010 12:59 PM

I will be SO GLAD when that dingbat drops off the radar for good...IF that ever happens! (thanks a LOT w for bringing this nobody onto the national political scene!) That voice of hers is annoying BEYOND DESCRIPTION!!!

Posted by: slamming | October 29, 2010 12:50 PM

posted by: rc115shepherd
If they’re Democratic and female and they’re white, they are probably lesbians, living together, seeking a constitutional right to marry.
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I bet you really believe that. Nothing is impossible for people like you. I expect you think Obama is a Marxist and the banks aren't paying back the bailout money.

Posted by: st50taw | October 29, 2010 11:41 AM

Of course Sarah Palin wants women in government -- as long as they're HER women, who believe exactly as she does. It's not about the larger good, it never has been for her. This is a 'mean girl' scenario played out on a national level, if I've ever seen one. I gave cheerleaders a wide berth in high school, and I am darn sure doing the same with my votes as an adult.

Posted by: LibertyLady1 | October 29, 2010 11:34 AM

If Sarah Palin is to blame then either:

1) The American voters would love Obamacare and a severe economic downturn

2) The American voters would hate what has happened since Obama took office, but would be reelecting people that do not represent them because they would have no other choice.

If neither of those is the cause, then maybe the cause of the drop in women in government is due to the American voters genuine dissatisfaction with what the women in office did. Don't blame Palin if you're the ones who screwed up.

If you lose your job because you screwed up, don't blame the snitch, and don't blame the person taking your job after you got fired. Blame yourself for screwing up.

Posted by: GabrielRockman | October 29, 2010 11:20 AM

But this is understandable. Yes, it will be Democratic Party women who will be defeated in 2010 bi-elections. But these Democrats aren’t women, (Sarah Palin women). They aren’t white, or they aren’t evangelical Christian, or they aren’t both of these at the same time. If they’re Democratic and female and they’re white, they are probably lesbians, living together, seeking a constitutional right to marry.

Sarah Palin women want women in the home, most of all. And they are comfortable with the type of conservative Republican white man who stands up for their white values when he’s elected to office. They don’t want a white Democratic lesbian, who wrongly claims to be a “woman”, just like them, and a “sister” of theirs.

Yes, there will be fewer white women holding office in 2011. But as long as that means that there will be fewer lesbians and Democrats in office in 2011, that’s a small price to pay.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | October 29, 2010 11:18 AM

PALIN/O'DONNELL 2012! They are what this country deserves.

I'll vote for them if they re-enact the Britney/Madonna kiss!

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2010 11:15 AM

Palin is so strong a tea partier she helped Mccain defeat Hayworth,,so true to her lemmings.

Posted by: gonville1 | October 29, 2010 11:13 AM

monk4hall said: "Conservatism is, and always will be, about the white male in charge. Period."

This statement is misguided, or at least stuck in the past, monk4hall. For all the ways that conservatives would take the country in the wrong direction -- and boy, is that a long list -- I do have to say that I am impressed with conservatives' somewhat recently-developed tolerance for what used to be considered the "other." I'm pretty sure that Clarence Thomas, Bobby Jindall, and Colin Powell would disagree with your "white male" statement. Maybe Ann Coulter and Michelle Bachmann feel differently about it as well (remember, this is about conservatism, not sanity -- lucky for them). Double whammy for Condoleeza Rice, as a non-white non-male conservative.

Yes, conservatives have shown that as long as you're willing to put greed, corporations and self-interest ahead of the greater good, they don't really care about your color or gender.

And believe me, although I am a white male, do not feel like conservatism is doing anything to put me "in charge"!


Posted by: tomguy1 | October 29, 2010 11:12 AM

"If the Democrats get the bloodbath that's expected, women could lose seats in national office for the first time in 30 years, reports the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University".

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I see it is women you are concerned about and not democrat congressional seats...yeah right.

Not to worry more conservative women and minorities are running for election than ever before. The Republicans will fill that void. Just not with dried up old neo-commie leftist women

Posted by: Straightline | October 29, 2010 11:09 AM

So much hatred directed towards Sarah Palin here. Ironic how the side preaching tolerance is so intolerant.

Imagine if this same hate speech was directed at Michele Obama. As hateful as conservatives have been towards Obama, it doesn't even approach the hate directed at Palin.

And even Hilary Clinton's supporters can tell you that the hate coming from the Obama camp is far more hateful than the hate coming from the Republican side.

The Democratic party's declaration of war on Hilary Clinton alienated a lot of women, and the Obama camp's hateful attacks on Palin furthered that split.

The real reason for the fall in women in government is the Democratic party's alienation of women, revealing the inaccuracy of the previously held belief that the Democratic party actually cared about or represented women.

Posted by: GabrielRockman | October 29, 2010 11:02 AM

The women movement in this country is most of them are aimed at anti-abortion and supporting the lesbian movement. To these organizations Palin is a big threat because she is not one of them who are working on the basis of persecution image of themselves trying to sell it to the public. Palin on the other hand projects an image of a very independent women with strong belief in herself and religion and the family ethic which these women group are against. She is the threat to their existence. Many of us like Palin and she is one of the conservatives who will not change her principals like Murkowski,Christ, Spector has been. It is important for a human being to have principals and stick to it.
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So i guess your daughter had kids before she finished High school. You had your Breast enhanced also. And please tell me what Jesus would think of the African Witch doctor she used to cast off evil demons. Palin is not independent she's dependent upon you being stupid! Don't let the Educated highly skilled Doctor perform your surgery, Let Palin do it. God help this Country!

Posted by: minco_007 | October 29, 2010 11:01 AM

This article is another floundering article insearch of a relevant fact. If the intent is to say that Gov Palin has no impact - just print it - who cares what the facts are. Her ability to effectively govern has already been proven (unlike Barack Obama prior to his ascension to office) and also unlike Hillary Clinton - who has never even been in charge of a lemonade stand.

I still odn't understand your point of the article -does it matter to Gov Palin that there are more women in Government - or isn't the more salient point to stop the Obama agenda? Hmmmm. That is the crux of the matter - not about a particular group.

Posted by: jgdonahue | October 29, 2010 11:00 AM

Is Sarah Palin good for women in government? Only if you want fewer, dumber, more ignorant, and radical hatemongers in government.

Posted by: elle330033 | October 29, 2010 10:55 AM

The women movement in this country is most of them are aimed at anti-abortion and supporting the lesbian movement. To these organizations Palin is a big threat because she is not one of them who are working on the basis of persecution image of themselves trying to sell it to the public. Palin on the other hand projects an image of a very independent women with strong belief in herself and religion and the family ethic which these women group are against. She is the threat to their existence. Many of us like Palin and she is one of the conservatives who will not change her principals like Murkowski,Christ, Spector has been. It is important for a human being to have principals and stick to it.

Posted by: chaemoondriver | October 29, 2010 10:50 AM

Palin is above all else, an ignorant coward.

Anyone who runs from the media, hides behind the fraudulent Fox News and Facebook has no courage, not to mention honor.

Posted by: Richard18 | October 29, 2010 10:45 AM

Sarah Palin is a celebrity seeking, gold-digging ditzhead know-nothing moron. She makes all women look like idiots, with her mama-grizzly talk and her lame brainless off the wall statements. She glorifies ignorance and stupidity. She should go home to Wasilla and take care of her Down syndrome baby, instead of running around the country mouthing Tea bagger platitudes.

Posted by: Chagasman | October 29, 2010 10:37 AM

She is a moron and she is bad for all Americans. Women or men...

Posted by: joecoppo | October 29, 2010 10:35 AM

So why did she get the Boob Job?
Did Bristol finish high school?
What does Todd do for a living?
What does The Religious Right think of children born out of wedlock?
What does the Taliban think of stomping Women? Same as the Tea Party!
White extremism is dragging Decent White America into the sewer! of Ignorance, Intolerance, and fundamentalism. Thank you GOP!

Posted by: minco_007 | October 29, 2010 10:34 AM

Palin had an opportunity to dig in, study, do her job well, and show leadership by example. She chose not to do so and opted instead to become a celebrity talking head -- the sort of pundit, commentator/ expert she excoriates when they disagree with her. When you combine her quitting her one legitimate claim to leadership experience with her mincing, winking, waving performance at the VP debates, she set the cause of women back 50 years.

Posted by: fmjk | October 29, 2010 10:32 AM

EAR0614: So, if someone is pro-life they are anti-woman and want to bring us back to the middle ages? I guess I could make the same inference: those who are pro-abortion are anti-toddler and pro-murder.

Why is the hatred of Palin so visceral? There are so many pro-life female politicians (people actually in office: Marsha Blackburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, soon to be Sharon Angle); why so much vitriol toward Palin?

Posted by: IgnorantHillbilly | October 29, 2010 10:30 AM

Palin - Hasselhoff 2012

Posted by: NaedAtnab | October 29, 2010 10:26 AM

IgnorantHillbilly:

"The reason the media and the people on this blog hate Palin is because she’s pro-gun, pro-life, and pro-limited government,"

Actually its because she is in fact anti women and anti feminist. She is only where she is today because of real feminist (progressive!)leaders that went before her and that her husband was a union member. Now she wants to take the opportunities she had away from everyone else. She is anti union and wants to keep women in a traditional little box and control their bodies. Real equality for women does not mean voting in women who will maintain the patriarchal status quo, it means giving the exact same opportunities cross the board to both men and women. With Sarah Palin not supporting the Democratic women who actually support those policies (like equal pay for equal work and equality for men and women in the health care system) she is demonstrating just how anti woman she truly is.

And the idea of saying she wants limited government when she wants the government to micro manage us to the extent of controling what women do with their own babies and who can marry whom is simply insane. The government could not get more intrusive than that!

Posted by: EAR0614 | October 29, 2010 10:21 AM

LETEMHAVEIT: You are right. These conservative like Palin, Angle, and W, are subhuman. Maybe your candidate Obama should propose euthanizing these subhumans in order to rid you of this nuisance. Allowing these "people" the right to vote jeopardizes enlightened democracy.

Posted by: IgnorantHillbilly | October 29, 2010 10:17 AM

What is terrifying about palin is that (though obviously ingorant and proud of it and clearly uneducated) she can draw support from people even more ignorant and uneducated and are clearly violent. I mean just because palin is smarter than that moron w does not mean she would make a good leader. Why she quit being governor to go make money. I fear for the future of this country with these teabagheadnazilunatics. Have these people no intelligence? No shame? Why were they asleep so long under that moron w? Why are they awake now. Go back to sleep you zombies. Awaken when I am gone from this world or at least go back to Nazi Germany

Posted by: letemhaveit | October 29, 2010 10:11 AM

The reason the media and the people on this blog hate Palin is because she’s pro-gun, pro-life, and pro-limited government, and this is antithetical to their totalitarian view of Father Government. (Or should I say Mother Government.) If she were a traditional liberal, the media and this blog would laud her just like they laud Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Nancy Pelosi, and other female ciphers on the Left. Because she’s conservative and has a vocal constituency, she is singled out for special ridicule and contempt.

The same has happened with Sharon Angle. A grandmother of 10 and a teacher for 25 years, yet the Left, including their confederates in the Media, has portrayed her as evil incarnate — it is really laughable.

Posted by: IgnorantHillbilly | October 29, 2010 10:02 AM

The problem with Palin is that she is mean and divides people. We need politicians that are into bringing this country together despite our differences.

She is into the almighty buck and will say anything to get attention. Her constant take the country back cra* is insulting. If she wanted to really impress America she would have finished out her governer's job and then come back out with an intelligent plan for how to get America on track again. She would have taken the time to learn something about the world and economics.

But she quit for phony reasons and has gallivanted around the country as a shill for Fox news, blames the "liberal
media" for her stupid remarks and hasn't learned a thing about being professional.

Down home? Every woman? No - she is into the almighty buck and thats it. She doesn't stand a chance and she racist just like the Tea Partiers who love her.

Take the country back from the people who voted for Obama, and because she is insulted she lost to a real politician she is whining all over the country spewing hate and division.

She does not speak for me.

Posted by: lndlouis | October 29, 2010 10:00 AM

ANYBODY who doesn't believe Sarah is in it for Sarah is terribly naive. Her first choice in life was to be an entertainer and has finally found a stage to her liking. No need for specifics or facts. Just tell stories, pass the plate and laugh all the way to the bank.

Posted by: thomgr | October 29, 2010 9:56 AM

Sarah Palin is many things to many people, but fundamentally(no pun intended) she belongs in one particular category...and I think the following graphic illustrates it as well as any.(safe for work & family)

http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2232615040102238172bTPFvn

Posted by: didereaux | October 29, 2010 9:52 AM

When any Woman anywhere cannot speak out against a man putting his foot on another woman's head as we have seen this week. Then all of you should stop calling yourselves WOMEN! You have no decency or none of the things that usually make Women better than men. You are, especially Conservative White Women, a bunch of heathens! Right now the Woman's perspective STINKS!

Posted by: minco_007 | October 29, 2010 9:50 AM

Ignorant women have no more business in congress than ignorant men. The likes of angle, odonnell, palin,....ought to lose because they are unfit for political office due to rampant stupidity. 'nuff said.

Ignorant men somehow manage to get elected, and re-elected, year after year. Too bad the IQ yardstick is not working in those races because the damage people like "bone-head" boehner, gringich, reagan, w. ....have done to our nation is positively mind-boggling in its scope.

Might not be fair ladies but men are held to a MUCH LOWER standard than women. Rather than whining about it let's get rid of the ignorant men in political office.

Posted by: spike591011 | October 29, 2010 9:49 AM

Sarah Palin is definitely a feminist. But she chose to present herself as an utter fabrication, a made up celebrity wannabe, in a never ending pursuit of dollar bills. I seriously doubt this is what women and men want representing the feminist idea.

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 29, 2010 9:49 AM

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 29, 2010 1:37 AM ...
I have never heard the Governor use ... I have never heard the Governor make ...

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Uh, she's not the governor anymore, McKenna. She quit her obligation to the people of Alaska who elected her to office and went after the money. Some role model.

Posted by: cb11 | October 29, 2010 9:48 AM

One would think from the slavering Palin gets from the media that she is widely loved by broad majorities of Americans. Indeed, for all of her needling of the "lamestream media" she actually would not be much more than a footnote in history mas loser John McCain's VP candidate in the 2008 Presidential election. She has not been able to cobble together enough real popular support among the people to make her a serious candidate. Only under the most spurious, comical, "what if" scenarios put out by breathless media speculators who have a self serving interest in seeing her run, is she considered viable.

Palin is a symptom of a dramatic decline in America's national character.

Posted by: jaxas70 | October 29, 2010 9:38 AM

Palin only drew 350 people in the Anchorage rally last night. So much for her revolution. Stick a fork in this bronze age idiot.

Posted by: kknutton | October 29, 2010 9:35 AM

There is a difference between candidates who are woman, and VIABLE SANE candidates who are women. palin and odonell would be exhibits one and two. angle, fiorina, whitman and mcmahon can pick up the flag from there. People don't support them not becaus eof their gender but becaue of their lack of "gravitas" and basic mental stability.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2010 9:32 AM

Sarah Palin is NO leader and she definitely does not represent women's suffrage, nor does she represent "real" women's issues.

If anything, she, Angle, O'Donnell are all a bunch of catty immature mean hostile Right-Wingers. How can they lead when they spend so much time being insulting and attacking the opposition (male and female) like a bunch of female wild animals.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 29, 2010 9:14 AM

Sarah Palin isn't pro anything, she's pro self, it's all about me.

Posted by: hodgensr | October 29, 2010 9:03 AM

If all women were as smart as Sarah has demonstrated that she is there would surely be more women in high places (serving, cleaning, and supporting men in the heavily male-dominated Republican party). With leaders like her good Christian women are sure to find their rightful place in American politics (at home, like God intended).

Posted by: NewMoon | October 29, 2010 8:45 AM

We lead by example. Sarah Palin had not shown that women can lead. I do wonder those women she has endorsed will mirror themselves to what!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | October 29, 2010 8:15 AM

The one thing we can be sure of is that Ms. Palin's MC HAMMER glasses are keeping the HAMMER from leaving our collective memories.

Posted by: password11 | October 29, 2010 8:12 AM

Agree with previous poster. The number of women in office will decrease because all the idiot lib women on the dem side will be moving out.

Posted by: unreal3 | October 29, 2010 7:31 AM

So if it's a bad year for Democrats, and they have 56 women incumbents and the Republicans 17, the number of females in Congress would be going down whether or not Sarah Palin had ever been born.

Maybe you should have taken Statistics 101 in college instead of the Men Are All Beasts and the Traitor Women Who Enable Them sequence in the sociology department.

You don't care about the number of women in Congress. You care about the number of women in Congress who agree with you politically.

Posted by: corco02az | October 29, 2010 7:17 AM

THE GOOD OF THE NEWS IS THAT SARAH PALEN FORCEFULLY ENCOURAGED AND ENDORSED MANY GOP WOMEN CANDIDATES. THE BAD OF THE NEWS IS THAT THE WAVE THAT MAY WELL PUT A GOOD NUMBER OF THEM IN OFFICE WILL COST MANY WOMEN DEMOCRATS THERE SEATS. ON BALANCE IT IS BETTER THAT BOTH PARTIES ARE NOW RUNNING AND ELECTING MORE WOMEN.

Posted by: SanchoK | October 29, 2010 6:55 AM

SERENITY5 wrote: "The sleeping giant majority has awakened."

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The way you worship your penis is embarrassing.

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 29, 2010 6:17 AM

SERENITY5, your meds are on the table. Take them, and please put your tin foil hat on.

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 29, 2010 6:12 AM

This article was written by a woman? Seriously? I find that horribly embarassing.

To follow Sarah Palin is to drop your IQ at least 30 points, to use your outward appearance as your only redeeming personal characteristic.
Most women want to be known for their intelligence and expertise in their jobs and their personal lives. We don't want to be known as 'golly gee, you betcha, say it ain't so, Joe' "Mama Grizzlies". The use of the 'mama grizzly' identifier is in itself an intelligence-deficit banner for the women who use it in a serious manner. (the rest of us who make fun of the "title" are okay!)
SP-endorsed Christine O'Donnell is a cutesy, yet ditsy woman who doesn't know when to quit talking.
SP-endorsed Carly Fiorina uses her cancer survivorship to gain herself sympathy votes because she doesn't know what she's doing on this job either.

I thought women went through the 'women's lib' days to be known as more than "a pretty face". SP's a bit confused on history knowledge, as well as geography knowledge.

To borrow a phrase from Nancy Reagan, "Just Say No!" to Sarah Palin.

Posted by: momof20yo | October 29, 2010 5:46 AM

Moronic article.

If leaders are headed in the wrong direction, they shouldn't be leading. They don't get a free pass because of their chromosomes.

Posted by: dhartmanva | October 29, 2010 5:26 AM

This piece of pig excrement doesn't deserve to be called a woman. She is not even a mother, just a breeder. First child jail or military, second child a knocked up minor, third child underage drinking. If she were living in the ghetto we know what we would be saying about her.

Posted by: ibhernandez2003 | October 29, 2010 5:19 AM

The Democrats need to be voted out. All of them. Male AND Female! The Democrats have put us on the road to destruction. The Democrats have had both houses for 4 years, not just two. Who is to blame for groups fleeing from Obama and the Democrats??? Not Palin, she is just a messenger.

The sleeping giant majority has awakened.

Posted by: serenity5 | October 29, 2010 4:57 AM


Excellent analysis Jena McGregor!

This new phenomenon, you comically label "Palin's Mama Grizzlies" (lol! and very funny!) is so odd, that it blurrs everthing, mainly the hardship women went and still go through: dignity, equal rights, equal pay for equal positions, respect and so on and so forth.

The sad thing is that neither Palin nor her Mama Grizzlies have the intellectual capacity to grasp the issues you raise here. They are doing a lot of damage to women by exposing such ignorance and foolishness, to say the least.

To be fair I'm quite sure that many male politicians won't fair better: just look at the way Paldino or Miller are behaving.

Posted by: clause-michelle | October 29, 2010 4:34 AM

Why is the WPO not reporting on O'Donnell's one night stand, outlined in Gawker? Gawker paid for this story, which is itself a story about mordern journalism, and feminists are rallying to her for this story, particularly the slur about waxing. There are many dimensions to this story that need to be exposed.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | October 29, 2010 3:43 AM

Are you insane? I'll grant that her kids probably love her, but she is nothing but bad for women, government and the human race in general.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | October 29, 2010 1:44 AM

This is really stretching the facts to make this premise. A more relevant story would have been "Is Sarah Palin supportive of women in government" to which the answer is a resounding YES.

As opposed to Liberals, I have never heard the Governor use the offensive terms coming out of the mouths of Behar (Bi..h), Grayson (K Street Wh..e) and Brown (wh..e). I have never heard the Governor make derogatory comments about another politicians children or religious beliefs. Perhaps the question should have been "Are the liberals supportive of women in government who disagree with them".

Posted by: mckenna7 | October 29, 2010 1:37 AM

Earth to Jena: PALIN DOESN'T REALLY CARE ABOUT WOMEN. Duh. As in everything else, she is a big, fat phony, talking about "mama grizzlies." Yeah, vote Republican, so they can prevent women from making the same wage as a man, can control your uterus, and can keep their boy's club intact. This simply exposes the truth: Conservatism is, and always will be, about the white male in charge. Period.

Posted by: monk4hall | October 29, 2010 12:10 AM

Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

Why is this even a question? The is liberal nonsense. Are we looking just to put color or gender in congress seat or someone ANYONE who will lead America in the right direction.

BTW,
From the NY Times
(not exactly a conservative paper)
Obama Coalition Is Fraying, Poll Finds
Republicans have wiped out the advantage held by Democrats in recent election cycles AMONG WOMEN, Roman Catholics, less affluent Americans and independents. All of those groups broke for Mr. Obama in 2008 and for Congressional Democrats when they grabbed both chambers from the Republicans four years ago, according to exit polls.

Posted by: dforce | October 29, 2010 12:09 AM

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