The Power of Palin

When Sarah Palin was introduced as McCain’s running mate less than 24 hours after Barack Obama accepted the nomination, this staunch Obama supporter (who took lots of grief for not joining the 18 million women who supported Hillary) said out loud to my TV, “Oh shit.”

Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin

Almost two years later, the phrase still applies.

So what is it about her that’s made other women — smart ones, not so smart ones, old, young, middle-aged, moms and women who aren’t — fall in line behind this woman who abandons jobs, makes up words and calls the press “sick puppies?”

At the time of her nomination, everyone told me I was nuts to be worried. However, no amount of encouraging words would soothe for this reason: we live in a tabloid news-loving culture and Sarah Palin had ‘Tabloid Queen’ written all over her.

Almost two years later we now know that whether she quits jobs or makes stuff up, women love her and not just Right wing zealot women, either. Pro-choice women have climbed aboard the Palin train. All those women ticked off at Hillary’s defeat – many of whom believed Obama stole the nomination back at the Primary Election stage – had no place to put their rage. Even though Hillary Clinton told them she was 100 percent behind Obama’s nomination, and even though our Secretary of State has done nothing but sing his praises since, some of Hill’s supporters have held onto their rage; “some” of 18 million is still quite a lot.

I consider myself a “thinking woman’s” woman. I figured women like me — women who don’t exercise knee-jerk responses every time some guy says something stupid about women –would not, could not, be taken in with Palin’s obvious “playing to crowd” rhetoric.

I was wrong.

They love their Mama Grizzly.

So how dumb is Sarah Palin? Probably not so. She was a Communications major who wanted to anchor the news but had five kids instead. If she has ‘brilliance’ it’s found in her instincts. She spotted something in this culture much like the founder of another women’s movement, The Cougars, spotted something–a whole lot of ticked off women. As polar opposites as these two movements might appear, the Cougars and the Mama Grizzlies share this: they speak directly to women.  There are no middle men in these all-girl groups. Palin’s pack include many of Hillary’s 18 million who believe our President is not hearing them. Cougar founder Linda Franklin attracted the ‘Over the Hill’ crowd; aging women told to turn ‘invisible’ by our anti-aging culture. Franklin wasn’t about to fade away just because she reached an age where women are expected to give up their groove. Sexy women don’t want to give grooves up and now they don’t have to. Now they become Cougars; hot gals that make for hot topics in tabloid news. Is it a coincidence that both movements branded dangerous animals to their image? I don’t think so.

There is a group of women in this culture mad as hell. Men, mostly, are the reason why. Palin’s rhetoric speaks to them.  Finally, someone is listening. They’re tired of taking what the sexist culture dishes out and now they don’t have to. They’ve got their Mama Grizzly looking out for them in a way that Hillary Clinton could not.  As brilliant as our Secretary of State is, she did let a man publicly humiliate her for many years. And in the end, she did concede to a man even though her 18 million supporters begged her not to.

My guess is, the Mama Grizzlies and Cougar movements are here to stay. Women in this culture are hungry for heroes. In this era where tabloid news is now the mainstream, competition for the sexiest headlines is fierce. Like the Cougars, who now have the added status of a TV series, the Mama Grizzlies create provocative headlines because Palin knows how to masterfully manipulate tabloid news. That’s the brilliance of this Communications Major and mom of five.

It bears repeating. “Oh shit.”

Marla Miller’s byline first appeared on The Daily Pilot’s editorial page. From 1991-2006 she wrote OCRegister’s Coast Magazine spotlighting OC civic & business leaders. She was founding editor of a Newport Coast lifestyle magazine, 2006-2009.  A Daley Democrat from Chicago’s south side, her reinvestment in the body politic was triggered by the 2008 national elections. Her viewpoint is informed from her childhood and from living and raising her family in OC for almost three decades. ‘Fairness’ themes inspire her political writing.

Marla Miller

Marla Miller’s byline first appeared on The Daily Pilot’s editorial page. From 1991-2006 she wrote OCRegister's Coast Magazine spotlighting OC civic & business leaders. She was founding editor of a Newport Coast lifestyle magazine, 2006-2009. A Daley Democrat from Chicago’s south side, her reinvestment in the body politic was triggered by the 2008 national elections. Her viewpoint is informed from her childhood and from living and raising her family in OC for almost three decades. ‘Fairness’ themes inspire her political writing. 

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  34 comments for “The Power of Palin

  1. August 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    “we now know that whether she quits jobs or makes stuff up, women love her and not just Right wing zealot women, either”

    Oh really? What a load of crap, YOU are just like every other LAZY MSM reporter/blogger when it comes to Sarah Palin, “Mama grizzly” my ass, if you BOTHERED to do any Research you might have found this;

    From The Nation;
    Sarah Palin, Paper Grizzly
    Ari Melber
    July 14, 2010

    In the week since it was first posted on Palin’s Facebook page, which boasts over 1.8 million backers, the video has drawn 368,000 views. Yet despite her large following, only 33,000 people watched the video via Facebook, according to YouTube statistics. That means only one out of ten viewers found “Mama Grizzlies” through Palin’s social network—and under 2 percent of her Facebook community watched the video. So who did watch “Mama Grizzlies”?

    Mostly traditional news readers and Palin detractors.

    Almost a third of all views came through an article on Yahoo! News, for example, while ratings for the video ran almost two-to-one for “dislike” over “like.” “The bulk of the views seem to come after it had been covered in the mainstream media,” observes Pete Warden, a social media analyst who has studied Palin’s Facebook strategy. “She is still reaching a lot more people indirectly through the media than through Facebook and Twitter and the other direct channels,” added Warden, a former engineer at Apple.

    It’s quite a feat. Palin blasts the “lamestream” media while claiming to commune directly with her base, which draws extensive media coverage for an effort that actually reaches a tiny number of people. Without the media assist, though, Palin would just be sitting on a Facebook page with 2 percent participation and a YouTube video with niche numbers. (As is, “Mama Grizzlies” is not exactly Double-Rainbow material; it would place below this week’s top ten political videos for overall views.) Some reporters are catching on. “I hope we don’t hear from Sarah Palin about media bias anymore,” Chuck Todd recently said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “because it is amazing the ability this woman has to get media attention with as little as she does, whether it’s a Twitter or a Facebook update.”

    For tangible political impact, the distinction between symbiotic media coverage and direct mobilization is crucial. New research by political scientist Kevin Wallsten, for example, found that viral campaign hits like the “Yes We Can” Obama video, which topped 5 million views in one month, are driven by political organizing and citizen blogs, not traditional media coverage.

    I raised this dynamic with an experienced political web operative—who did not want to go on record antagonizing Palin—and this pol argued that while Palin can drive magazine covers and book sales, her core political support remains vastly overstated. “More of the viewers were people critical of her rather than fans, although the lazy implication is for people to say, ‘Look at all her fans, she has 300k views on YouTube,’ ” said the operative, adding, “She doesn’t have real support among actual people, even Republican primary voters. She is a self-perpetuating phenomenon of, by and for the media.”

    While Palin is undoubtedly a media force, when it comes to activating even her own core supporters, she looks more like a paper grizzly.

    An official for SarahPAC, which produced the “Mama Grizzlies” video, did not dispute any of the statistics when contacted for fact-checking, or provide any specific comment to questions about Palin’s online outreach. The official did include this closing in an email reply: “We kindly direct you to her Facebook page where she most frequently comments. Thank you for your inquiry.”
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    More PROOF of your IDIOCY;

    “So how dumb is Sarah Palin? Probably not so. She was a Communications major who wanted to anchor the news but had five kids instead”

    Have you EVER heard the woman speak? Here’s a tidbit;

    Katie Couric: “What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?”
    Sarah Palin: “Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know — going through the history of America, there would be others but–”
    Couric: “Can you think of any?”
    Palin: “Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.” –unable to name any Supreme Court decisions other than Roe v. Wade, CBS News interview, Oct. 1, 2008
    *****************************************************************************************
    As to her “mom” creds, I suggest you check out; http://palingates.blogspot.com/ for a REAL reality check. This chillbilly is a Failure and a QUITTER, she is NOT a feminist and NOT a mother that ANYONE could look up to (Track; drug user, vandal, Bristol; party girl and teenage mother of one,two or maybe three (one on the way) kids, Willow; vandal, Piper; prop and perpetual truent and Trig; IF he’s her natural son she was RECKLESS in the EXTREME with her pregnancy and if he isn’t, she has USED him as a PROP to further her political career).
    She IS an invention of the LAZY MEDIA who would do well to investigate and EXPOSE her POOR track record in Alaska and her litany of lies.

    GO DO SOME HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU PONTIFICATE.

  2. August 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    anon,
    ok, now hat you’ve cleared ur throat, tell me how you really feel?
    The fact that you spent this time and found this much to reinforce your belief that she’s light-weight & i’m an idiot reinforces my fear that she’s on to something—the ability to piss people off if nothing else….and in this society, pissed off folks not only get on TV, they even get to declare wars to appease other pissed off folks….sound familiar?

    • August 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Marla. Palin’s genius is her ability to piss people off, polarize them and leave anger and destruction in her wake. She’s very dangerous and progressives ignore her at their peril and I thank you for reminding us of that.

      • August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

        lynn
        thanks for jumping in-yep, she is-i didn’t want to accept it but there’s too much proof out there—men don’t see this perhaps cuz they’re judging with their brains & notice i didn’t write ‘little brains’ cuz they would never judge with that one, would they?
        nah, never..

        • August 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

          My pleasure, Marla. Keep speaking the truth. And remember that terrific line from Chicago: “Everybody you watch, got his brains in his crotch…”

          • August 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

            okay, that’s friggin funny and I’m stealing it–

  3. August 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Unfortunately for you dumb-ass, I’m not the one who wrote;

    “That’s the brilliance of this Communications Major and mom of five.”

    YOU are part of the problem, your post is just a bunch of made-up ca ca, “Oh, isn’t she popular with women”, it just ain’t true. This is the kind of lazy, lemming-like journalism that GAVE US BUSH.

    Unfortunately for Palin and her cheer squad, the list of her COMMUNICATION FAUX-PAS won’t all fit on the palm of her hand.
    Here’s a sampling of the communications major’s “brilliance”;

    “As we work and sightsee on America’s largest island, we’ll get to view more majestic bears, so now is a good time to draw attention to the political equivalent of the species.” –Sarah Palin, referring to Kodiak Island in Alaska, even though Hawaii is America’s biggest island, July 19, 2010

    “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.” –a Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she quickly removed after being ridiculed for inventing the word “refudiate,” July 18, 2010

    “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.” –a second Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she also removed after misusing the word “refute,” July 18, 2010

    “‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'” –a follow-up Tweet by Sarah Palin, proudly mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius, July 18, 2010

    “This is Reagan country (applause). Yeah! And perhaps it was destiny that the man who went to California’s Eureka College would become so woven within and inter-linked to the Golden State.” –Sarah Palin, blundering on Reagan’s education while speaking at a fundraiser at California State University-Stanislaus. Eureka College is in Illinois. (June 25, 2010)

    “What the federal government should have done is accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have had solution that they wanted presented … The Dutch and the Norwegians, they are known for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills.” –Sarah Palin, on solving the Gulf oil spill crisis, June 15, 2010

    “Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it.” –Sarah Palin, blaming the Gulf oil spill disaster on “extreme environmentalists,” Facebook message, June 2, 2010

    “We’re all Arizonans now.” –Sarah Palin, defending Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, May 15, 2010

    “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments.” –-Sarah Palin, arguing that Judeo-Christian belief was the basis for American law and should continue to be used as a guiding force for creating future legislation, interview with Bill O’Reilly, May 6, 2010

    “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” –Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada’s single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010

    Sarah Palin, on writing notes on her hand during her Tea Party convention speech: “I didn’t really had a good answer, as so often — is me. But then somebody sent me the other day, Isaiah 49:16, and you need to go home and look it up. Before you look it up, I’ll tell you what it says though. It says, hey, if it was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of his hand, it’s good enough for me, for us. He says, in that passage, ‘I wrote your name on the palm of my hand to remember you,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m in good company.'” (March 5, 2010)

    “They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh was using satire … I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there.” –Sarah Palin, attempting to rationalize why it’s okay for Limbaugh to use the word “retards” but not Emanuel, FOX News Sunday interview, Feb. 7, 2010

    “Who calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision like that? It’s a disturbing trend.” –Sarah Palin, pushing a conspiracy theory that “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of coins by the Obama administration (the change was made by the Bush administration in 2007 and was later reversed by Congress, before Obama took office), West Allis, Wisconsin, Nov. 6, 2009

    “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” –-Sarah Palin, in a message posted on Facebook about Obama’s health care plan, Aug. 12, 2009

    “Left Unalakleet warmth for rain in Juneau tonite. No drought threat down here, ever but consistent rain reminds us: ‘No rain? No rainbow!'” –one of many Tweets by Sarah Palin that William Shatner recited as poetry on “The Tonight Show”

    “I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out.” –Sarah Palin, referring to a department that does not exist while attempting to explain why as president she wouldn’t be subjected to the same ethics investigations that compelled her to resign as governor of Alaska, ABC News interview, July 7, 2009

    “How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.” –Sarah Palin, July 4, 2009

    “It may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: ‘Sit down and shut up,’ but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out.” –Sarah Palin, announcing her resignation as governor, July 3, 2009

    “Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me – sports… basketball. I use it because you’re naive if you don’t see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket… and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN.” –Sarah Palin, announcing her resignation, July 3, 2009

    “Only dead fish go with the flow.” –Sarah Palin, quitting, July 3, 2009

    “Letterman certainly has the right to ‘joke’ about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction. This is all thanks to our U.S. military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America’s Right to Free Speech – in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect.” –Sarah Palin, misunderstanding the First Amendment, June 16, 2009

    “That was fun!” –Sarah Palin, conducting an interview after pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving while other turkeys were slaughtered in the background, Nov. 20, 2008

    “I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is.” –Sarah Palin, on running for national office in the future, FOX News interview, Nov. 10, 2008

    “John McCain and I, we love you and thank you for spending a few minutes to talk to me.” –Sarah Palin, talking with Canadian radio prankster posing as French Presideny Nicolas Sarkozy, Nov. 1, 2008 (Read more about the prank call, watch the video and see the transcript)

    “Ohh, good, thank you, yes.” –Sarah Palin, after the Canadian prank caller complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler’s “Nailin Paylin,” Nov. 1, 2008

    “We realize that more and more Americans are starting to see the light there and understand the contrast. And we talk a lot about, OK, we’re confident that we’re going to win on Tuesday, so from there, the first 100 days, how are we going to kick in the plan that will get this economy back on the right track and really shore up the strategies that we need over in Iraq and Iran to win these wars?” –Sarah Palin, suggesting we are at war with Iran, FOX News interview, Nov. 1, 2008

  4. August 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    anon,
    run for office…against sarah maybe?
    read The Power of Palin again-in spite of what we know, they follow her—that, mr/ms.cranky contrarian, is power.

  5. August 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Who’s they? Most of the people “following” her are watching because she’s a living train wreck, the only people who take her seriously (other than her few moronic fans) are silly journalists/bloggers like yourself who don’t BOTHER to scratch below the surface.

    From the Nation article , which I’m sure you didn’t bother to read;

    “while Palin can drive magazine covers and book sales, her core political support remains vastly overstated. “More of the viewers were people critical of her rather than fans, although the lazy implication is for people to say, ‘Look at all her fans, she has 300k views on YouTube,’ ” said the operative, adding, “She doesn’t have real support among actual people, even Republican primary voters. She is a self-perpetuating phenomenon of, by and for the media.”

  6. jose s.
    August 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “men dont see this” wow marla you’re gonna fit right in with this “award winning” blog lets see how long you last. to me it seems like you in a way admire palin no? there may be the problem. quit while you’re behind.

  7. Dan Chmielewski
    August 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Marla – welcome to the blog. I see no evidence of woman who formerly supported Hillary jumping onto Palin’s bandwagon.

  8. August 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    thanks dan, http://www.tna.com is a blog to check out for political womens interest in backing women for office-period.
    men have never had to be geniuses to hold office, women don’t either-
    as i’m inspired, i’ll continue blogging about this-will include a few interviews—i think it’s worth following—but then i’ve been fooled before-
    glad to be here.
    dinner calls.
    m

    • Dan Chmielewski
      August 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

      That seems to be a fashion web site. I’d like ot see some data on the numbers of former Hillary supporters flcoking to Palin despite that fact Palin’s POV is completely opposite of Hillary’s. I just don’t see what you’re seeing here.

  9. fred
    August 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I cannot express the pleasure I receive by how nutso Sara Palin makes the left wingers…..

    BWAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  10. August 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Palin is merely a performance artist posing as a politician with no administrative ability. A product of the United States’ continued willingness to confer attention to stupidity. Sure, she polarizes, but only if you let her. She will fizzle out like Ann Coulter. After all, who cares about that psuedo-pundit anymore?

    Palin – like all stars without substance – will fall out of the sky in due time.

  11. August 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Plenty of ‘stars without substance’ hold office now and always have-pleeease-if substance were the pre-requisite, few would hold office anywhere in this country-we like stars that shine bright-remember RReagan, Gov S? and then there are the stars ‘entitled’ by birth-GW ring a bell?
    Just take a look @ OC’s roster of politicos for more evidence—isn’t that idiot in GGrove still screaming his hate..some what? 20 years later…please…
    There’s pro-wmen’s movement afoot—believe it or not—
    ere are some links to some blog-speak-men beware, women are at the helm here—
    And for my men readers, just because you voted for a woman doesn’t mean you know women—not by a long shot—just ask your girlfriends/wives….
    peace out-
    mm
    http://thenewagenda.net/
    http://thenewagenda.net/2010/06/06/why-the-pro-women-movement-should-and-will-replace-feminism/
    http://thenewagenda.net/2010/06/11/inactions-have-consequences-why-feminism-is-ripe-for-a-takeover-and-how-you-can-help/

    • August 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      In terms of administrative tasks, Palin already fell out of the sky. That’s why she has pursued a media persona instead. In that, her influence will wane in time. I thought her appointment as VP candidate was dangerous at first, but it lasted for about a week.

      Yes, there are stupid people in office, but thankfully Palin is not one of them.

  12. August 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/sarah-palin-mama-grizzlie_b_666642.html

    This piece posted in today’s Huff Post—suggestion: to my detractors, instead of insisting ur right, do a little reading—seriously, this movement is taking root—

  13. scarypalinsupporter
    August 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    One problem with your piece is assuming that Mama Grizzlies appeals only to tabloid. Palin started getting almost positive press from mainstream news outlets once she started doing the mama grizzly thing. Most Americans are uncomfortable with women in positions of power. The response to Hillary and Sarah is the most obvious, and it comes from liberals as well as conservatives. Yet, Americans seem totally comfortable with a powerful woman if she is protecting her young. Palin’s mama grizzly comment which spread so well was a phrase she’s used many times before. This is her natural language. Palin is truly a mama grizzly. She’s a powerful woman who bore 5 children and is tough as nails. Many women admire her for this. Now men can feel comfortable with her b/c she’s protecting her young. She brilliantly turned this socially accepted mama grizzly persona into an excuse to use her power to get women elected. Now you may call me an unthinking angry woman, but I’m all for getting more women elected in both parties. If women’s groups had been working on this for the past 30 years (rather than being obsessed with abortion and allowing themselves to become tools of one party), we’d have a ton more women in office and abortion would not even be an issue. What is up with the”oh shit”-screaming, fear-generating liberal blogosphere? What’s so scary about having more women in office? The only explanation you have for how women who supported Hillary and now support Sarah is that they must hate men? Is the reverse true that many liberal’s fear of Sarah’s use of her power to get women elected indicate a hatred for women? Because maybe the liberal community’s response to Sarah, which is extreme, irrational and hateful, is why so many Democratic women aren’t feeling the love for their old party. Maybe if liberals can learn to tone down their hate, they will not have so much to be scared of.

    • August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      yep, this movement is building & its about getting women in office and SP is a lightening rod for it—i agree with everything you say, i just wanted a woman who answers the most basic of questions leading it—however, there’s room for more mama grizzlies—palin is teaching this ole Dem that….

  14. August 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Assuming for the moment that there are some Hillary supporters still have some festering rage over the 2008 primary campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, I cannot see how they are running to Sarah Palin. I will agree that there is a need for more women in elected office, but do you really mean to suggest that women in general will support ANY woman running for office?

    • August 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      yes, i do mean just that-
      please note that i wrote: ‘“some” of 18 million is still quite a lot….”
      in a male/female race, they will support/vote for the woman-in a woman/woman, they will vote along party lines—
      their model is one well used by men since men started voting.
      m

      • August 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

        Ok, so what does that mean for Democrats? Does that mean that if we have women candidates we will win, and if we have men we will lose?

        Does that mean that Beth Krom is a shoe in to beat John Campbell for Congress this year? Does that mean that Christina Avalos will beat Ed Royce? Melissa Fox over Don Wagner?

        Our elections do not boil down to just gender. Gender can be a factor, but it isn’t the determining factor.

        • August 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

          not yet but i do believe it could–remember, what i wrote–it’s a movement building–Hill began it—18 million—the shear # has inspired SOME women to step up & out of party politics to see a bigger view—parity in this country’s elected posts—
          we cannot do any worse than what guys have done—that’s the other door that’s opened up…both almost happening simultaneously—

        • August 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm

          i wish Beth was a shoe in–remember also, this is OC–men rule here & will for a long time–roots deep in cowboy/builders..
          Those who hold the purse strings hold the power…

  15. Pat G
    August 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Great piece Marla, and I’m pretty sure I said the same thing when I watched the breaking news about Palin in ’08. She is not a ‘brilliant mind’ by any stretch, but she knows how to craft and communicate messages that hit people (particularly women) right between the eyes like no woman I have ever seen. As a fellow communications major I’m impressed. I just wish that her policies were as bright and optimistic as her personality.

    • August 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Pat,
      thanks for your comment—re: just wish that her policies were as bright and optimistic….
      Me too but they may not have to be—Arnold got in on what? his personality…in the early days, Ronnie did too—neither one mental giants but both excellent networkers/facilitators/communicators….
      Oy, and i’m not even jewish…:)

  16. August 3, 2010 at 11:45 am

    WOMEN WON’T VOTE FOR ANYONE WITH A VAGINA / THEY AREN’T AS DUMB AS MARLA

    Women’s Vote Watch

    November 5 , 2008

    Gender Gap Evident in the 2008 Election
    Women, Unlike Men, Show Clear Preference for Obama over McCain

    New Brunswick, NJ—Women’s votes were a significant factor in Senator Barack Obama’s victory, with
    a sizable gender gap evident in the election results, according to an analysis of exit poll data by the Center
    for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

    Women strongly preferred Obama to Senator John McCain (56 percent for Obama, 43 percent for
    McCain), unlike men, who split their votes about evenly for the two presidential candidates (49 percent
    for Obama, 48 percent for McCain).

  17. August 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    anon,
    i have one word-no, 2 -anger management…now breathe

  18. August 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    this links you to yesterday’s The Daily Show—Palin’s ‘Mama Grizzlies’ a feature…

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-3-2010/daily-show–8-3-10-in–60-seconds

  19. nchiker
    September 2, 2010 at 1:06 am

    “OH Shit”,, yeah yeah hun,.. u got that Right,,

    shud realize, no ones perfect, but sarah has “it”, n has it at the right time, liberals really messed up this time, u read the electing of O’bama as a free for all to pass an outrageuos liberal agenda… sarah fell right into the limelight..

    liberals shud take some credit for it tho, u created such a ripe political time for her, and as u see, millions of other silent minds along with voices, AND Most Importantly, the desire for REAL CHANGE, back to sanity in Washington.. and such a desire to express it at the voting booth…

    u shud b saying,, “Oh Shit”, we really fkd this up royally… :(

    thank you very much, liberals, Obama, Reed, Pelosi, etc…

    • September 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

      nchiker,
      thanks for your reply–i’ve been telling my peeps that she’s formidable…as of yesterday, some bigwig DEM politicos are now beginning to see the ‘glow’ this gal castes wherever she goes…
      if women decide, as men ALWAYS have, that ‘credentials’ are secondary to ‘power acquisition’ then palin is a serious 2012 threat…forewarned is forearmed….perhaps some of my ideologue buddies at these kinds of sites will spend less time trashing her and more time organizing…
      as we all know, DEMS are known for throwing away power once we get it….
      Instead of trying to ‘outdo’ our President, perhaps his/our ‘peeps’ can begin to circle wagons and protect him more than we have…against ideologues like you who want their followers to believe this country’s woos are caused by my party and not yours…Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
      The teaparty’s rise and beck’s popularity is proof positive that some Americans don’t demand intelligence from their leaders. If women in my party continue to feel ignored, we are in serious trouble come 11/12

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