Thursday, September 4, 2008

'This Girl's Gonna Get Ya!'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 9:48 AM

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Sarah Palin is drawing rave reviews for last night's fabulous performance as the fighting populist and belittled small-town mom. She came across as the perfect candidate to bridge the partisan divide, certain to attract some of those Hillary voters to McCain. Even I found myself cheering her on. Strange, we didn't hear much from her that might explain why she's immediately become the darling of America's culture warriors. The Christian Right is ga-ga over her. Normally not-so-tolerant evangelicals seem willing to forgive her anything. In a message to supporters, David Fowler, president of Tennessee's own Family Action Council, asks, "Is Governor Palin a Christian hypocrite" just because her teenage daughter is pregnant? We know the answer to that. Hey, kids will be kids. Apparently, even the beloved Billy Graham couldn't keep little Franklin in line. Fowler says:
"Parents know that their kids are not perfect. And they know that even perfect parents can have troubled kids. The Rev. and Mrs. Billy Graham, I presume, were okay parents, but their son, Franklin Graham, sure broke their hearts a number of times. The fact is parents are not their children, especially when those children are old enough not to come under a parent’s watchful eye every moment."
And there's this praise of Palin that just landed in my inbox from Sandy Froman, former NRA president:
"This tough Western woman refuses to take a back seat. This woman who knows how to look down the barrel of a gun and gut an animal in the wilderness is not afraid that she’ll break her nail when she punches some deserving opponent right between the eyes in a political brawl. She’s demonstrated that grit and determination in pummeling the former Republican governor out of office, felling the former Alaska attorney general, and dispatching the former Alaska GOP chairman. Do you think those men rolled over? Do you think they graciously conceded? No, they fought her tooth and nail, and she beat them into the ground. The sexist commentators denigrating her right now are destined for the same fate. Watch out, boys. This girl’s gonna get ya!"
Something tells me right-wingers have more reasons to like Palin than her expertise with a hunting knife. As People for the American Way points out:
During Palin's short tenure in public office, she's demonstrated her commitment to their ultra-conservative policies. In her two years as governor, Palin has: * Opposed reproductive freedom even in cases of rape and incest and appointed an anti-choice judge to the Alaska Supreme Court to reverse pro-choice decisions of the Court * Supported teaching creationism in public school science classes * Opposed providing same-sex partner benefits to state employees and supported efforts to put a constitutional amendment denying benefits on the state ballot * Supported taking control of funds for social service grants away from municipalities and giving them to the state office of faith based initiatives instead.
Wonder why Palin didn't mention any of that stuff in her speech? I feel so used. Update: Now we learn that some of what Sarah said wasn't true. Oh my God.

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