Sarah Palin is a pawn.
McCain tapping the first-term
governor for the Vice President slot is so utterly transparent, such a
condescending and craven move to seduce the jilted Hilllary supporters we keep
hearing about. To suggest that women wanted to vote for Hillary solely because
she’s a woman (and surely there were some who did), will therefore vote for any
woman, even a conservative woman with practically no experience? It’s reductive and belittling. The argument that Palin on the ticket will
woo these supposedly disenfranchised Clinton fans outright suggests that women are
too angry and too irrational to look at what McCain and Palin actually
represent. This line of argument --- the level of overblown-ness of the
storyline --- has, I think, become the most sexist aspect of the entire
No woman should feel empowered by this choice.