Lone Feminist for Palin

VP candidate Sarah Palin has whipped at least one pro-choice feminist into an enthusiastic frenzy: “as a pro-choice feminist, I wasn’t the only one thrilled to hear Republican John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate,” writes Tammy Bruce, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women and current Fox News political contributor, in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle (9/7/08).

Thrilled. Really?

Bruce is excited over “the chance to vote for a someone [sic] who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don’t agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.”

According to a list compiled at the National Journal’s blog, this is what it looks like when men, and other women, take women seriously:

Rush Limbaugh: “We’re the ones with the babe on our ticket” — (CNN, 8/29).

Newsweek’s Karen Breslau: “As a journalist, and a female one at that, I am embarrassed to admit that the first thing that struck me about her was that she’s so, well, striking” (Newsweek.com. 8/30).

FNC’s Juan Williams: “I hope I’m not offending anybody in saying that she’s a very attractive woman” (“Fox News Sunday,” 8/31).

TX GOP delegate Patti Johnson: “She’s beautiful to look at. The men are going to love her. She hunts. She fishes” (Houston Chronicle, 8/29).

CNN’s Joe Johns: “I found her to be very funny, very charming” (“AC 360,” CNN, 8/29).

David Gergen: “Joe Johns is right; she seems very, very attractive” (“AC 360,” CNN, 8/29).

Bruce also promises that neither McCain nor Palin want to “kick the gays” and assures us that McCain-Palin Republicans don’t want to make abortion illegal, which is not what McCain says in this video posted on the Jed Report.

Palin is not a new feminist icon. She is not a role model for women’s equality. She is a distraction.

Let’s move on.


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9 responses to “Lone Feminist for Palin

  1. jke4

    As far as I can tell Tammy Bruce has made a ‘career’, if you want to call it that, of taking virulently conservative positions and then saying ‘But I’m a gay feminist! Isn’t that fascinating? Don’t you want to know more about me?’

    Here’s a quote from the back cover of her book ‘The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left’s Assault on Our Culture and Values’:

    ‘If you believe children should be seduced into warped sexual behavior by the Gay Elite, if you think confessed murderers should be set free by defense attorneys who know how to wield the race card, if you feel promiscuous gay men should be empowered to spread AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, don’t read this book. But if you’ve always suspected that factions on the Left are trying to destroy the values that define our civilization, this book proves it….In this world, the Gay Elite exploit our children—under the guise of tolerance and education—to satisfy their sexual obsessions. In this world, the Black Elite laud convicted murderers as community heroes and award-winning “artists.” In this world, the Feminist Elite fawn over a woman who mercilessly killed all five of her children….As a gay activist and former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization of Women, she witnessed firsthand the Left’s attempts to undermine our millennia-old code of morals and values, aided by politically biased media and academia.’

    I guess since we’ve gone through the looking glass into the never-never land where suddenly crazy hate-mongering conservatives are falling over themselves to claim feminist credentials, it makes sense that Bruce, the original But-I’m-a-feminist-crazy-hate-mongering conservative would have to rear her vile and empty head.

  2. She has just been lambasting me for calling her a non-feminist.

    I am a “hater” in her words – odd that. I don’t think she actually reads what people say.

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