Sarah Palin is lighting up the feminist history blogosphere! Our friends Knitting Clio and Tenured Radical also posted their thoughts this morning. New Kid offers some thoughts about Palin and the discourse about aborting trisomy fetuses (Palin’s youngest child has Down’s Syndrome.) Many of the different feminist law professors at Feminist Law Professors offer their views too. John Fea at Religion in American history discusses Palin’s possible pentacostalism. Please note–the image at left is an example of the kind of juvenille, patronizing, femophobic and ageist “humor” that Dems should avoid. See here for a playbook about how to lose an election! Yuk yuk yuk. (This means you too, Bing!)
I’m sorry to say that I disagree with WOC Ph.D.‘s post on Palin. Clinton’s brief statement yesterday on the historic nature of Palin’s achievement does nothing to undermine Clinton’s full-throated support for Obama/Biden or her sustained attack on McCain’s candidacy. She clearly stated that the McCain/Palin ticket’s “policies would take America in the wrong direction,” and her radio address today elaborates once again as to why McCain would be bad for America.
For astute blogging and intelligent commenters outside of the feminist history blogosphere, you might want to drive on over to TalkLeft or Corrente. I agree with Big Tent Democrat at TalkLeft in that the inexperience argument is a loser, and that if Dems want to go after her they should stick to highlighting her egregious policy positions. And once again, I’m in total agreement with Paul Lukasiak in the comments here and here at Corrente. Palin was smart politics for McCain, provided that she stands up to the scrutiny of the national stage. Dems are of course free to dislike her, and they should because of her policy positions, but they’ll discount or patronize her at their peril.