Palin’s daughter’s teen pregnancy is the logical outcome of mum’s sex ed policy.
If democrats pissed off that Hillary Clinton didn't get their party's nomination vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, Clinton's campaign was more of a failure than even her husband thinks.
The point was not to elect a woman. The point, we're hoping, was to elect a progressive woman with substance and experience.
Sarah Palin has neither. What she does have is a political closet full of pure right-wing trash.
Even all those feminists who think there's a good-role-model thing going on when women attain high office have to be nauseated by Palin's toxic politics.
She enters beauty pageants and calls herself a feminist for life? That's the position taken by women who strain the definition of feminism by calling their anti-abortion position anti-violent, hoping to suck in female peace lovers.
But wait, Palin loves her guns, too. And as for the war in Iraq? Bring it on, she says. So much for non-violence.
With any luck, American voters won't heed the call to lay off the candidate's children, in particular, her pregnant 17-year-old daughter.
Guess what happens when things go Palin's way and there's no sex ed in schools except religious propaganda promoting abstinence? Teen-aged girls get pregnant.
The fact that Palin's daughter Bristol is having a baby is not, therefore, a private matter.
It goes beyond Palin's parenting abilities. It is the personal result of a public policy on a matter Palin considers too private for teachers to handle. I say keep that pregnancy front and centre as an attack on anti-sex-education platforms.
There was a time when I, too, fantasized that having a woman run a country - no matter what her politics - would change everything. But Margaret Thatcher's regime took the blush off that rose.
All that's happened in the U.S. in mainstream politics, thanks in part to Phyllis Schlafly's leadership of the Eagle Forum in support of Richard Nixon's silent majority, is that while a few progressive Democrats like Dianne Feinstein and Clinton have made it to the Senate, a right-wing woman got the big-ticket spot.
Kiss identity politics goodbye.
Barack Obama, you'll notice, said almost nothing about race or his own identity in his speech accepting the Democrats' nomination.
And Palin? Not exactly the identity we thought 40 years of feminist activism would bring us.