Thursday, September 11, 2008


The Best of the Web Indeed

James Taranto today takes apart three Palin haters, Carol Fowler (who said, John McCain had chosen a running mate 'whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion' ) Andrew Sullivan (who wrote, because McCain "could see he was going to lose, ten days ago, he threw caution to the wind and with no vetting whatsoever, picked a woman who, by her decision to endure her own eight-month pregnancy of a Down Syndrome child [will] reignite the culture war as a last stand against Obama") and Cintra Wilson (who wrote, what Palin's "Down syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter unequivocally prove, however, is that her most beloved child is the antiabortion platform that ensures her own political ambitions with the conservative right.") Money quotes from Taranto:

Fowler uses Palin's motherhood to disparage her accomplishments, an obvious betrayal of the principle of women's equality. And although proponents of permissive abortion laws nearly always claim to support not abortion but "a woman's right to choose," here we have three of them rebuking Palin for choosing not to abort her baby.

Sullivan and Wilson go further, ascribing evil intent to an act of maternal love. To Sullivan, Palin's decision to carry her child to term is a salvo in a "culture war"--that is, an act of aggression against those with different political views. (That, at least, is how he sees it for the purpose of this post. In an earlier one, he praised her for going through "eight months of pregnancy and a painful, difficult, endless labor for a cause she believes in"--which, although considerably less obnoxious, still depicts the decision as a political rather than a personal one.)

To Wilson, Palin's adherence to her own principles about the sanctity of life is an act of neglect toward her children--proof "that her most beloved child is the antiabortion platform." Never mind that the alternative would have ensured that one of her actual children did not live.


None of this can be explained in terms of political calculation. Scorning a woman for declining to abort a disabled child is likely to be about as persuasive to voters as burning an American flag. These ugly sentiments have to be sincere. In a way, that makes them even more disquieting.

Disturbing indeed.


I have not read the offending articles, but it seems from what's in the blog that the criticism leveled by the 'Palin haters' (the first 2 at least) is not that she chose not to abort, but that McCain (well his campaign, anyway) chose her because she chose not to abort (rather than choosing her because of her accomplishments). That seems to me to be false, but not offensive. Palin is a (palid) package representing small-town values designed to distract voters from real issues, a strategy that has served Republicans in the past (e.g. the focus on gay marriage in the last election). The really disturbing worry is she may be successful! Good source for more Big Lie postings though!
Palid Palin package" Other than the word play (and aliteration) is you're point she's white?
Pallid (whoops, excuse original speling!) referred to the package not the person, meant to convey lack of substance - "feeble". "Lacking in sparkle" she isn't!
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