Shorter Michael Gerson: “Women are children.”

Michael Gerson – noted Bush minion feminist – believes (not surprisingly) that most women are idiots:

Palin is a historic pick — if elected as vice president, she would most likely be America’s first female president. Though the evangelical/hunter/beauty-contest contestant is unlikely to appeal to the hardest core of Hillary’s feminist supporters, she is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn’t fit feminist stereotypes. The left’s main response to Palin’s unconventional background has been to sneer — but a sneer is not an argument. [Emphasis mine]

I don’t understand why this is so hard to understand: the vast majority of women who voted for Senator Clinton did so both because of what she represents and what she stands for.  Yes, many Clinton voters were excited to see a woman in the Oval Office, but they were also excited to see a feminist and pro-woman president in the Oval Office.  Sarah Palin is on the wrong side of a whole host of issues; not only is she anti-choice, but she’s also opposed to meaningful health care reform, universal pre-K, and comprehensive sex education.  Or in other words, Sarah Palin is clearly a terrible choice for Clinton supporters and women in general.  And – surprise! – most Democratic women (who voted for Clinton) understand this fact, and are reacting accordingly (by not giving Palin their political support).  The fact that Gerson really believes that women will flock to McCain because he chose a woman as his running-mate, only shows how little regard he has for women as rational, thinking adults.


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13 comments for “Shorter Michael Gerson: “Women are children.”

  1. September 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    My guess is they thought that they could just throw her in a pantsuit and she would become part of the sisterhood. Guess again. Women are not a monolithic entity. Even though I was not and am not a Hillary fan, Palin is nowhere near her equal. It is an insult to all thinking women that she could substitute for Hillary Clinton.

  2. September 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Palin is no Hillary. But she seems more qualified than Obama to administer a government. I’d say withhold judgment and find out who she really is.

  3. September 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I think you’re overstating what Gerson is saying. I think he means that neither every woman in the country is a feminist, nor is every Hillary Clinton supporter. He is also suggesting that Palin is a feminist in her own right because she hunts, has a job, and still fits Republican conceptions of femininity.

    Where you have a point is that Gerson seems to think women vote with their genitalia rather than on issues.

  4. Kathleen Wood
    September 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    To suggest that women will vote for another woman just because of her sex is downright insulting. Hillary supporters supported her because of her positions and to suggest that women will vote for someone who opposes choice because she is a women is condescending at best.

  5. September 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    But she seems more qualified than Obama to administer a government.

    Based on…?

  6. September 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    The Hillary Clinton supporters should support Palin meme seems to be a popular one in Rep circles to the point that when someone points out only an uneducated woman wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two women, they have a conniption fit

  7. natmusk
    September 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    We have found out who she really is: She is an anti-choice women who is against comprehensive sex education, supports the ban on gay marriage, is against insurance covering birth control and believes creationism should be taught in schools. She also is in support of drilling in ANWAR and has very little foreign policy experience. What else do we need to find out about before we can decide whether we want her in the vice presidency?

  8. Soma
    September 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Though the evangelical/hunter/beauty-contest contestant is unlikely to appeal to the hardest core of Hillary’s feminist supporters, she is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn’t fit feminist stereotypes.

    Yes, I have no doubt that the right, true to form, will keep on covering their eyes and ears and yelling “LALALALALALA!!!” while telling themselves that Hillary’s supporters are just flocking to McCain now. I mean, the truth never stopped them before, did it?

  9. September 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Well, if all else fails, she can lead the breakaway Republic of Alasketia.

  10. Adrasteia
    September 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    “…if elected as vice president, she would most likely be America’s first female president.” Does Gerson imply McCain might not live four more years?

  11. September 2, 2008 at 4:49 am

    ol cranky,

    I have very little formal education, and I resent the implication that I would not be able to tell the difference between Palin and Clinton ;-p

  12. September 2, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    He is also suggesting that Palin is a feminist in her own right because she hunts, has a job, and still fits Republican conceptions of femininity.

    I don’t think hunting or having a job are necessary qualifications or disqualifiers for the feminist label. But being anti-choice? (Palin is even opposed to abortion in the case of rape or incest). But thinking that married couples should not be allowed to use birth control? I try to not say what is or is not feminist, but thinking that I have no right to birth control because I am married, thinking I have no right to an abortion under any circumstances, is pretty afeminist to me.

  13. September 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    We’re posting about Palin’s views on sex ed. and her daughter’s pregnancy over at the CA NOW blog: http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2008/09/sarah-palin-and.html

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