A cynic could argue that feminism is the last refuge of those who hate women. It’s why a staffer on Jerry Brown’s campaign can call Meg Whitman a “whore.” It’s why feminism’s signature issue in the United States isn’t halting genital mutilation in the developing world. Or getting protection for pregnant women in the workplace. No, it’s the right to kill an unborn child. And why not: after all a woman’s place is on the job, doing the bidding of someone else rather than making choices about her time for herself. Kids just get in the way of being a good employee.
And that’s why so many people hate Sarah Palin. She makes choices. And they’re polarizing ones. They’re also spiritual ones. No one chooses to give birth to a Down syndrome baby to make a political point. It was, clearly, a spiritual decision. It’s why she, and those around her, often make a bit of a mess. And it’s what makes her so powerful. She leaps without looking. She speaks without thinking. She’s led by her heart, not her head.
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And that makes her more powerful, and more dangerous, than Barack Obama. Or as S.E. Cup wrote in The New York Daily News Wednesday:
“[N]othing raises the ire of cynical liberals more than a happy-go-lucky, totally unburdened, freethinking and self-assured conservative woman…”
Obama is none of those things. That’s why he’s trapped. He’s trying to tiptoe out of a war in Afghanistan started by another administration. He’s doubled-down on a pattern of corporate bailouts that strengthen the big businesses that oppose him. And now he’s embroiled in a debate over tax cuts Republicans set up not months ago — but years ago — to trip up his party. The most powerful man in the world won’t even issue the simple executive order needed to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He ponders. He prevaricates. He delegates. He splits the difference.
He has no faith.
And because Palin and her allies do, they can make a dent in the universe. Palin is weaving the fiscal conservatism of the Tea Party with her own social conservatism. Take Palin’s pro-life stance. It’s not the most popular position, but it’s a position. And that gives the ex governor from Alaska something Obama doesn’t: a hard core of believers she can leverage. If Obama doesn’t want to be replaced by her, he’ll need to learn from her and take a few positions himself, popular or not. And quick.
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