Mark Morford Is Shrill, With A Capital SHRI

2 comments September 23rd, 2008at 07:18am Posted by Eli

He points out that any remotely pro-choice or progressive women who support Sarah Palin are perhaps, um, misguided:

Truly, among women in the know and especially among those who fought so hard to bring Hillary Clinton to the brink of history, nausea and a general recoiling appear to be the universal reactions to Palin’s sudden presence on the national stage, stemming straight from the idea that there’s even a slight chance in hell such an antagonistic, anti-female politico could be within a 72-year-old heartbeat of becoming the most powerful and iconic woman of all time.

They say: You’ve got to be kidding me. They say: This is what we get? This could be our historic role model? Two hundred years (OK, more like 2000) of struggle, only to have this nasty caricature of femininity try to hijack and mock and undermine it all?

It cannot be true, they say. The universe must be joking, would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman who’s the inverse of Hillary, this woman of deep inexperience who abhors birth control and supports abstinence education and shoots exhausted wolves from helicopters and hates polar bears and actually stands for everything progressive women have resented since the first pope Swift-Boated Eve.

But now, the truly bizarre part. Despite this defiant outcry, a great many pundits and reports have suggested that, just after the Palin VP announcement, a sizable chunk of predominantly white women nevertheless abandoned their tentative support for Obama and leapt into the lyin’ arms of McCain, presumably simply because of Palin’s gender and PTA momhood.

And thus did the harrowing wail go out: WTF? Could it be true? Are cadres of formerly Obama-leaning white women really so enchanted by Palin’s gender and motherhood status that they openly ignore the fact that she basically wants to shove women’s rights back about five decades? Can it be so simple, crude, sad?


Maybe we’re just not used to seeing the female voting demographic depicted this way. Truly, it’s usually men who are the knuckleheaded ones, who will flip their vote merely over a single inconsequential issue (“I like everything about Obama except he supports gun control, and I love my guns, so I guess I gotta go for McCain”). Women, according to the eternal mythology, are no such dupes, and choose more wisely, from deeper intuition, instinct. Right?

Wrong. Maybe this is our simple summary, the blaring headline we should be reading in the wake of recent events. “Easily duped Palin supporters prove: Some white women are just as dumb as men.” Is that all it is? Maybe so.

There is hope, though:

Ah, but there is good news. It appears the bloom is already off the McPalin rose, the baby bump she gave McCain is already gone, as everyone from here to Wasilla is sick to death of hearing about her. Every day that goes by it comes clearer that the Sarah juggernaut is no juggernaut at all but merely an increasingly disturbing PR stunt, and a bit of a disgrace for John McCain himself, whose once-noble aura of integrity and class has essentially vanished.

A potent backlash is coming fast….

Morford then points to how the $1 million the McCain campaign raised in the wake of Arctic Storm Sarah was dwarfed by the $10 million the Obama campaign raised, suggesting that Palin horrifies Democrats far more than she galvanizes Republicans.  I know she sure as hell horrifies me.  Hopefully by November she’ll horrify everyone else who gives even the remotest damn about choice and women’s rights.

(h/t OrangeClouds)

Entry Filed under: Choice,Elections,Media,Palin,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. woody  |  September 23rd, 2008 at 11:27 am

    It’s not the frustrated Hillary voter I’m worried about. Likely, they’ll see the error of their ways in time.
    It’s thefreaking MILLIONS of “Bible-study moms” who scare the stiffy right off’n me…
    I got a sister like that, and though I doubt she’d kill me to save my soul, she’d do NOTHING to save my worthless life unless I ‘converted’ to bible-blathering, god-pandering prayer…

  • 2. Cujo359  |  September 23rd, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I hope you’re right, Woody, at least about the Hillary voters. We’ve seen a Democratic primary full of identity politics, though. I doubt all those voters’ attitudes will change now.

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