Yes She Can!
The party of diversity appears outraged at the mere thought of a woman holding an important job while raising a family. They tell us these two things are incongruous – impossible to do both at the same time. This strange, cynical attitude undercuts Obama’s entire message of “hope” and optimism. While no one believes that it will be easy, it is strange to suggest Palin’s goal to be impossible. What motivation could possibly lead them to adopt such a bitter, cynical attitude?
The Democratic party has long since considered women to be a predictable and reliable constituency on their election maps. They have operated under the assumption that these women owed them something, were dependent upon them for success. It’s a soft bigotry – and one which allowed them to “champion” women’s issues while simultaneously putting them down with a straight face. Sarah Palin has shattered their paradigm of the dependent woman. She is a self-made woman in every sense of the word.
That old paradigm is dying, and we will never be able to go back to it once it’s finally gone. Those that have pushed it on us for years know this, and are terrified. If they have any genuine concern for equality they might celebrate with the rest of us – once they’ve gotten over their fear of progress – but I wouldn’t count on it.