I am intrigued by the hate shown towards Sarah Palin, the U.S. Republican Vice President nominee. What is particularly interesting is the venom coming from Canadian sources – specifically women commentators – as if they have a particular stake in the U.S. election.
Here is one from a writer by the name of Beverly Akerman from Montreal, whose commentary is not as downright nasty and vicious as Heather Mallick‘s writings but instead is simply contemptuous and snide.
Now, most women I know have all their time taken up worrying about silly, boring stuff like how to get pregnant, how to keep from getting pregnant, how to keep our daughters from getting pregnant, how to find affordable/reliable/high-quality childcare/healthcare/eldercare, how to juggle our careers and family, how to keep a roof over our heads, etc., etc., etc. I now realize that these poor girls will always be handicapped by their small dreams, and will never amount to much because, as Sarah Palin, former beauty queen and one-time mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, demonstrates, the best way to the top is clearly over the top.
A better shot than Dick Cheney, more photogenic than either Joe Lieberman or Joe Biden, a beauty queen, a woman who looks good in a beehive, Sarah Palin has it all. She’s Dan Quayle without the gravitas, Hillary without that pesky, wrinkle-inducing experience. She is everywoman, she is any woman. She’s the Vice-President of the United States for our times.
I wonder where all of the hate comes from. Does it stem in part from the fact that Palin is a hunter and is proud that it has been part of her lifestyle? Certainly, for some, the fact that she is an NRA life member is enough to put her on their hate list. There also seems to be a mindset that since she has a young family she should be at home baking bread bread and cleaning the house. God forbid that she should be out politicking on the National scene. Plenty of time to do all that once the kids are grown up and away from home!
I would think that most of the venom comes from the Left, who so badly want to see Obama in power as U.S. President that they can’t abide anyone who might endanger that mission. And they fear that Palin is the apple that just might upset their cart.