Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sarah Palin

Here is a great article about Sarah Palin by Yuval Levin, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and editor of The New Atlantis.


  1. I find it very unfortunate that the whole issue degrades to what people look like - the superficiality of the argument of "beautiful children", "Handsome husband", and her looks in high heels and straight skirts really don't speak to the issues. Neither does commenting on the pysical looks of Secratary Clinton's legs. And there is no real reason to bring in the size of the first lady - who is not a part of the administration at all - she's a spouse.

    This kind of childish name calling makes me look at everythung else Ms. DeRosa writes with a jaundiced eye - I enjoyed the article she refers to, but am not impresed with her childish name calling. Perhaps she will consider this in future posts.

  2. Sorry I didn't see your comment sooner and thanks for reading and commenting!

    Yes, I heard from several people who agree with you about what they refer to as my gratuitous and childish comments about appearance, how that trivializes my point and how I'm stooping to name-calling. I see what you and they mean and maybe I should have framed the posting more as follows:

    During the 2008 presidential campaign when you read the flapping about Sarah Palin and her wardrobe, references to her femininity in less than flattering terms, her husband as the 'first dude' and her 'beauty queen' looks, was there criticism of the mainstream media for their superficial coverage of a vice-presidential candidate and their frequent if not just plain hateful comments on matters of absolutely no substance regarding Palin and her family?

    When the media covered Michelle Obama's fashion sense, reported that she shops at J.Crew and called her the new Jackie Kennedy, was there a public outcry that Michelle Obama and her clothes were not running for office?

    And, how about the media references to Obama in a bathing suit?

    Our TV-internet culture is, regrettably, superficial and image-conscious. Palin came out better in the appearance/image/photo appeal category than did the other females mentioned and I think it was a constant thorn in the side of the Democrats and the mainstream media. The horrible, denigrating comments about Palin were tolerated by the public, but mention Hillary Clinton's legs and it's childish. Methinks there's a double standard here. What do you think?