Sarah Palin: It's Nuclear Not Nucular.

I wasn’t planning to do another column about women and politics again, I really wasn’t. I think I’ve made it pretty clear how I feel about Hillary Clinton, and about Sarah Palin, and I’m well aware of the fact that there’s no need to beat a dead horse. But somehow, in this election year, no matter how many times it gets shot, the damn horse will just not die. And so, I feel somewhat obligated to write about last week’s vice presidential debate, although what I want to write about is not who won, or who managed to connect most with the American people. No, what I want to write about is the fact that even after all we’ve been through this year, gender politics still remains, and its women, more than anyone else, who seem to be perpetuating it.

 

I don’t know how many of you were watching Brian Williams after the debate was over, but one of the first people he asked to comment on the debate was none other than Geraldine Ferraro. And the first thing that Geraldine Ferraro said was that, as a Democrat, she was pulling for Joe Biden. But as a woman, she was really hoping that Sarah Palin wouldn’t screw up. Huh? I’m a Democrat, and I’m a woman, and I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart, I was hoping against hope that Sarah Palin would make a complete and total fool of herself. And so I wondered, what is up with Geraldine Ferraro? Why the sisterly love for someone who is so diametrically opposed to everything she stands for? I mean, does she think that men have such a low opinion of women’s abilities, that they would take Sarah Palin’s debate performance as a representation of what women are capable of as a whole? Maybe I’m naïve, but I have a higher opinion of men than that.

 

And what about Joe Biden? The poor guy was totally screwed. If he went after her, it was said, he’d look like a bully; but if he was too nice, he’d look like he was being chivalrous, or, as some others might put it, he’d look like he was letting her win because she’s a girl. He took the high road, which was probably the right choice, but personally, I wish he would have gone after her harder. I wish he would have informed her, after the fifth time, that it’s nuclear, not nucular. But hey, who wants to be accused of beating up on a poor little old hockey mom, right?

 

Laney
10.07.08

Harmony - I concur. I am so tired of hearing the "liberal" media is so critical of Sarah Palin. If Palin was a man she would have been escorted off of the VP stage already. She is a great attack dog "with lipstick", but isn't able to argue politics. "Your momma" and "I double dare you" don't exactly make it on the political stage.

keberry
10.07.08

Wow, chrstyhwll, I think you missed the point of the article...that gender should be out of the politics picture. If you would like to have a woman as Vice President, perhaps you should coach her that it is not, as you say, "pick(ing) on a word that she says in a way you don't like", it is the fact that nucular has a completely different meaning than the word she meant to use. Saying 'tomato' vs 'tomahto' would be picking on the WAY someone says something, but regardless the meaning is the same. Now, about all that winking....

harmony
10.07.08

Christy, I suspect that you may be the one who needs to get a grip, not Risa. Or at least read the article (I would say re-read, but, well, it doesn't appear that you read it in the first place).

One of the focal points of the article is that Risa would like to see focus placed on a candidate due to merit (or lack thereof) as opposed to his or her race or gender.

Politics aside, the author is not "picking on a word that she says in a way you don't like", she pointed out a blatant mispronunciation that caused Palin to appear uneducated to many.

Eh, forget about it. I won't continue. Just go re-read, then come back & comment on the actual article itself, please. :)

aolss
10.07.08

I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed the mispronunciation. If you might have to make a decision some day to use nuclear weapons, you should be able to say the word correctly!

chrstyhwll
10.07.08

I think YOU have lost your mind! There are ALOT of black people voting for Obama only because he's black, the same as voting for Palin because she's a woman. Also, Obama is 50% WHITE which nobody ever says and he hardly acknowledges. Another thing, I AM proud that there is a woman run. for V.P. after all she is only the SECOND one and why be so petty as to pick on a word that she says in a way you don't like, or any other person saying it that way as a matter of fact. All I have to say to you is, get a grip lady!!!!!