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.
But Palin may have gotten the last laugh Thursday night by delivering a sound victory over Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate. Her wit, confidence and folksy demeanor was reminiscent of another great maverick, Ronald Reagan. In just 90 minutes, she managed to shatter the false bimbo image the mainstream media have spent weeks meticulously fabricating.
Gov. Palin’s performance has shamed Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and the rest of the media elites – If they have any shame. By all indications, they don’t. The way the left has 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.
Palin blew it, you see. She made an unforgivable “choice.” She publicly expressed, through both word and selfless deed, that she values all people during every stage of development, from conception to natural death. Most egregiously, she refused the sacrificial rite of passage into authentic womandom. She declined to slaughter her own unborn child, Trig, to goddess feminism – even after doctors told her he was one of those Down syndrome throwaways. Steinem called her own abortion a, “pivotal and constructive experience.” I guess, according to these nasty ninnies, we simply can’t have a Vice President who “lacks experience” in “pivoting” and “constructing.”
Think about it. Sarah Palin is poised to undo much of what the left has accomplished. Imagine her as a role model for millions upon millions of young girls around the world. Imagine those young girls embracing life over death on the abortion issue – embracing true feminism over angry, abortion-centric feminism. They absolutely can't have that and will stop at nothing to destroy her. We expect liberal bias from the media and other leftist elites. But this time around, the bias is off the charts. It's finally exposed liberals for who they truly are, and we have Sarah Palin to thank for it.
The reality is that – except for those who, like Gloria Steinem, think the preamble to the Declaration of Independence should have read: “All women are endowed by mother earth with the inalienable right to eat their own young” – Sarah Palin has connected with average Americans. Especially with women. Most notably (oh glory day) with Hillary Clinton supporters.
Matt Barber is Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel and Associate Dean with Liberty University School of Law.