The National Review is trying to push the sexist meme even more:
The “lipstick on a pig” phrase was bad, yes, but kind of schoolyard nasty. But this riff, which followed in Barack Obama’s little speech is far worse:
…you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.” The crowd booed. “No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!
So now she isn’t even the mayor of Wasilla — she is just the mom of those five tiring kids. That is so condescending and, yes, sexist. John McCain had seven kids, and he doesn’t seem tired. Did anyone question his abilities to govern? Yes, having two is clearly a sign of better taste and breeding… five is just so low class…. But tiring? Does someone who is exhausted by two well-behaved young girls have the energy to be president? Perhaps Todd and Sarah are made of sterner stuff. Perhaps Todd helps with the kids, and Barack does not.
Perhaps Democratic women should not allow their candidate to get away with this insulting nonsense.
So Obama compliments Palin on raising five kids and that is sexist? The right is determined to turn every little comment into something sexist and it’s working. The media this morning has been non-stop coverage of the lipstick non-controversy.
Of course the Republicans are the only ones who can cry inequality. New York Governor Dave Patterson raised concerns of the racist overtones surrounding Palin’s constant assaults on community organizers. The right is of course crying foul on that.
It’s rather ironic that this whole controversy started on the day that Obama tried to change the focus of the debate to education. We are turning a very old cliche into a sexist comment. It shows the lack of education by the American people. Of course the Republicans want to run from that debate and manufacturer any controversy they can. Republicans need the American public to be undereducated. They want you to believe that cutting taxes on Joe Blow multi-millionaire will put you, and your $40,000 a year salary, in a much better position economically. They want you to believe that while Sarah Palin supported the Bridge to Nowhere, you are dumb enough to believe she didn’t, because in the end she said “no thanks” after the money was yanked by Congress.
Obama is trying to get policy out there, and the McCain campaign is trying to stir divisiveness. Obama is trying to address issues that will make America stronger and return it to it’s former status of that shining city on the hill. The McCain campaign is continuing to try and tear America apart.
The worst part of it all is the media’s complicity in this. Like a beach fish clinging to lift, then finding it’s way back to water, the media was stagnant on actual policy and issues talk coming from a campaign. Now that there is a new “controversy”, they are working in overtime to get the maximum distance out of it. We have sunk back into tabloid politics and America is worse off because of it.