The election is growing closer by the day, and as I watch the media circus volley back and forth between candidates, one thing is clear - both sides consider Palin an idiot. Maybe the Republicans are laughing with her and the Democrats are laughing AT her, but Palin as Commander-In-Chief after McCain kicks the bucket is no laughing matter. As she travels the press junket trying her best - like Dubya - to NOT be seen as the bumblefuck bumpkin she is, correspondents are asking to please take mercy on her while simultaneously attempting to persuade us of her competence as Vice President of America.
I, for one, am offering no mercy to Bush's regime of idiocy, nor do I condone Palin to continue as one of the Republicans next in line. As an an activist, as a civilian, as a tax payer, and especially as a woman, I ask that if she accepts this nomination and waves it on behalf of the entire female gender, show your competence or step the fuck down, because skill usurps gender.
I guess I'm one cold dame, because while Palin provokes many unpleasant emotions in me, I just can't seem to summon pity, affection or remorse.
But just because I'm human, just because I can feel, just because I did say this weekend that I "almost feel sorry for her" doesn't mean, when I consider the situation rationally, that I do. Yes, as a feminist, it sucks -- hard -- to watch a woman, no matter how much I hate her politics, unable to answer questions about her running mate during a television interview. And perhaps it's because this experience pains me so much that I feel not sympathy but biting anger. At her, at John McCain, at the misogynistic political mash that has been made of what was otherwise a groundbreaking year for women in presidential politics. - Rebecca Traister
Read the rest of "The Sarah Palin Pity Party" HERE