by Donna-Jo Thorndale and Shira Piven
No doubt we are obsessed with Sarah Palin.
We might need to start a self-help group for those of us who need 12 steps of getting off her. Living Palin-free has proven harder than kicking cigarettes, coffee, or heroin. We go to sleep each night and wake up each morning asking the following question:
WHAT THE HELL!?
Here are some actual media quotes post last Thursday night's Vice-Presidential debate:
“Sarah Palin Exceeded Expectaions.”
“Palin pulled off a bravura performance.”
"Sarah Palin saved John McCain again Thursday night. She is the political equivalent of cardiac paddles."
“Sarah Palin Kicked Biden's Butt.”
WHAT THE HELL!?
Let's momentarily ignore Biden's assured, factually correct, and even moving performance, and Palin's faux-folksy, evasive, spokesmodel-like show: Let's remind ourselves of these basic facts about Ms. Palin:
--A paltry few had ever heard of her prior her selection as McCain's VP. (fellow Governors who enjoyed her in her black patent-leather pumps not withstanding)
--She is Governor of one of the most scarcely populated states in our country (670,053…plus one after Bristol has her baby)
--She is the former mayor of the town of Wasilla, Population less than 10,000
--She is the mother of 5 children (impressive but disturbing, and exhausting) including a special needs child and a pregnant teenager
WHAT THE HELL!?
We're obsessed with her. Obsessed with watching her hair-do, obsessed with impersonations of her, obsessed with her 240-dollar glasses. We don't want to be focused on some of what we're focused on about her. As women we're a little insulted, a little repulsed and a lot fascinated. And yet, even my 8-year-old daughter said the other day, pointing to a TV in a store: “Look mom, it's Sarah Palin!” She has become an everyday part of our daily distraction, though we've never quite gotten past the shock of her.
Ms. Palin stood on that stage with Joe Biden, senior member of the Senate, two time presidential hopeful, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Alarmingly we had no choice but to say, “Go for it.” OF COURSE SHE EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS!! She didn't once reply “In what regards, Gwen? I'll get back to ya on that.”
But the What The Hell factor is also the What The Fuck factor:
--She doesn't believe in Choice, even in cases of rape or incest and she is a member of “Feminists for Life” (an anti-choice “feminist” group)
--She discussed with the local librarian how one might go about banning books
--She believes that the “End Times” are imminent
--She is a lifelong member of the NRA
--She wants to expand the powers of the VP
WHAT THE FUCK!?
And the What The Fuck factor is also the
You Have Got To Be Fucking Kidding Me factor:
--She is a “New Earth Creationist” which means she actively believes that man and dinosaurs once shared the earth
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!
Sarah Barracuda, we credit you! You're no shrinking violet. But just cause you wink at us doesn't mean you get to fuck us. We've had a heap of being fucked in the last 8 years.
WHAT THE HELL!? WHAT THE FUCK!? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!