posted on Aug, 30 2008 @ 02:55 PM
Originally posted by Open_Minded Skeptic
I don't imagine it would be any real problem... other than her personal plumbing, she's no different than anybody else...
That is absolutely true. None of the intrinsic
differences between men and women are politically relevant.
her policies and interests are more of the same stuff of BushCo, and should be easily attacked and demolished on that basis.
That is the part that I am uncertain about. There is an extrensic
difference- specificially that of our cultural perceptions, which makes it
unfavorable in the eyes of some people
to attack and demolish
a woman, especially if the woman in question is meeting the
stereotypical expectations that those people have for women
What prevents that sexist mindset from becoming unassailable is the compliment of disadvantageous sexist perceptions which accompany the above
described advantageous one.
That is to say that although the sexist mindset
will not tollerate Palin being torn apart, they expect her to fall apart through some fault of
her own. Any weakness in her professional conduct will be seen as a sign that this is happening, while conversely any excessive application of
strength on her part will violate the stereotypical expectations which will also be percieved as weakness, and simultaneously will make her fair game
I believe it is safe to expect that the socratic method will succeed, because Palin is from a very conservative state and has run very few political
campaigns. She does not have nearly the same experience as the other candidates in having to adjust her phrasing and qualify her remarks so as to make
her views palettable to the majority of voters nationwide while simultaneously keeping them consistent. It's not so much a matter of intellect as it
is experience. Everyone else in this campaign, including Obama (who was the FNG before Palin showed up) has been practicing this art for AT LEAST a
couple of years. Palin has been doing it for less than 48 hours. I expect her to sooner or later forget that she has an opinion that a key demographic
doesn't want to hear, and put her foot in her mouth, more or less in the spirit of when Jerry Brown told a room full of New York Jews that he would
consider running with Jesse Jackson in 1988 (Jackson had slurred Jews and Jews from New York in particular only 4 years earlier, and hadn't been