The Sarah bashers
By Michael Moriarty
My personal editor, Irene Mettler of Austria, whose own writings I greatly admire, is furious over the American press' attacks on the Republican nominee for Vice-President, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. Irene responds by e-mail almost daily, to the patronizing airs exuded by the likes of Charlie Gibson and the American liberal press that support his condescending opinion of her.
One prays that history will flower in a way that leaves such intellectual supremacists ashamed -- the way the critics of Lincoln and Reagan are ending up.
However, we are speaking of a woman, not a man or men, and, well, the Progressive, Feminist press has saved a particularly vicious rage for Sarah that can only be explained by the growing battle over abortion.
What is most revealing is the Feminist press' inability to come out and admit it. They veil their real revulsion behind attacks upon Sarah's style, the size of her constituencies in Wasilla and Alaska and her lack of experience in foreign affairs, as if a President Obama wouldn't suffer from the same lack of foreign credentials.
Sarah bravely forges on but the likes of Katie Couric, if only because of the media's "elitism", further obscure the real reason for the campaign to destroy Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin is and has proven herself to be unequivocally pro-life.
Did John McCain know the depth of panic into which he would hurl the entire American Feminist Movement?
Two particularly venomenous critics of Sarah Palin share print space in the New York Times: Maureen Dowd and Judith Warner.
The latter, Judith Warner, seems quite satisfied to imitate one of Barack Obama's worst mistakes, his "elitism", and pities a political pawn she calls "Poor Sarah".
The article wanders around the façade of Gov. Palin in her "Mad Men"- (Sixties) era up do" while, at the same time, expressing "concern and kinship" for the poor thing … led so shamelessly to the slaughterhouse by the Republican opportunists.
Don't you feel a pang of sympathy for Ms. Warner herself who is obliged to deliver the coup de grace? Who would want to kill anything so "pink and pretty" as Sarah Palin? But, as Ms. Warner makes clear to her daughter Julia, "You have to do the work."
Apparently Sarah Palin got to where she is only because she has a pretty face. Five children, two old enough to serve in the military, that's not work, that's "new subgenre mom lit."
Real life, for Ms. Warner, is knowing that you never really leave college. To not be what we once called a "perennial sophomore" is to be "ditzy and cute and kinda maybe stupid."
Ms. Warner admits to occasionally "sharing" Gov. Palin's obvious "insecurities" … how one should dress, you know … in other words, "chick lit."
Hmmm, when Sarah Palin left college to raise a family, mayor a small town and govern a state she actually left college.
However, infers Ms. Warner, "she can't possibly do it all" because of the "steps she skipped" and her "intellectual inequality" with Harvard grads and obviously, her inadequacy before the unerring gaze of the perennial sophomores of the New York Times.
"It (making her a VP candidate) is an act of cruelty towards her (Sarah Palin) as well."
The cruel John McCain, hurling a woman in her forties, with five kids and an 80 % approval rating in her home state into the thick of national politics -- and before the firing squads of the New York Times -- how dare he?!
Like he said himself, "I'm a maverick."
But in addition to also being a maverick, Sarah Palin is an adult.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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