Friday, June 12, 2009

The Absurdity of Sarah Palin

In the Spring of 2008, Alaska governor Sarah Palin spoke at a Newsweek forum on Women in Leadership. She was asked if she thought Hillary Clinton was being treated unfairly in the press.

This interview took place before she was chosen as GOP Vice Presidential candidate. WATCH:

"Fair or unfair, [Hillary Clinton] does herself a disservice to even mention [the more concentrated criticism that she gets]. I mean, you've got to plow through that. You have to know what you're getting into.... When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, wanting to progress this country.' ... I mean, work harder! Prove yourself to an even greater degree, that you're capable, that you're going to be the best candidate.... So, it bothers me a little bit, hearing her bring that attention to herself on that level.
Sarah Palin has recently been in the news upset over a joke that David Letterman made regarding her daughter. Palin has been criticizing Letterman and called his remarks inappropriate regarding her 14 year old daughter, Willow.

Letterman claims that when he said in a recent joke — that Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez," he was referring to her older 18 year old daughter, Bristol.

Letterman has responded to Palin's criticism by saying that he admits that he is guilty of "poor taste."

Lawrence O'Donnell on The Ed Schultz Show wanted to know why nobody is upset about Letterman's comment regarding Alex Rodriquez.

Palin said that her children should be off limits.

I agree.

But, it was Sarah & Todd Palin who thrust their then pregnant unwed daughter into the national limelight. Also Bristol has placed herself in the media with interviews on TV and magazines promoting teen abstinence. She has experience on this topic because at 17 she wasn't abstinent, ergo baby Tripp.

Now Palin is demanding that David Letterman apologize to her daughter.

Why isn't anybody demanding that Letterman apologize to Alex Rodriguez? Why shouldn't Palin apologize to Letterman for accusing Letterman of raping her 11 year old daughter and therefore being a pedophile.

There is a relevant issue of bias against women somewhere in this mess. But let's be real. Letterman is a comedian. He made a joke.

If Palin wanted to raise this issue honestly without making outrageaous , ridulous comments about David Letterman, then she would have a point.

"I say this with all due respect," Sarah Palin needs to drop the double standard whine.

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