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Mary Newsom, Staff columnist for the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, has a column in Saturday's paper, entitled "We haven't come a long way, baby".

Not only does the article blast Palin and her policies, but also goes after the way women are treated in the media and by the public, in general.

Let's remember that this column is in the Charlotte Observer, with a very large readership of both Republicans and Democrats, and North Carolina is currently in the national news as a red state possibly going blue in November.

Newsom first goes after all the lies that Palin has been saying.  But, then she takes an interesting turn into the constant misogyny of women when they enter politics.

Here's some of Newsom's take on Palin:

Understand, I am no fan of Palin's politics. She and I differ on virtually every issue on which I have heard her position.

Understand, also, that I am aghast – I mean, jaw dropping to the floor – at how cavalierly she uses hypocrisy and succeeds. Sure, hypocrisy is a political stock-in-trade. They all do it. But Palin has people cheering that she cut taxes in Wasilla – when she also raised them. (Property taxes were cut; sales taxes raised.) She brags about fighting federal pork, and people lap it up like kittens at a saucer of cream, yet Alaska, under her governorship, was 10 times greedier for earmarks than any other state. She is beloved for fighting wasteful spending, yet billed taxpayers for more than 300 nights when she stayed at her own home.

And, then she takes on the slams of women who get involed as politics, by way of being married to the guys who are running:

All that said, the frenzy about Palin is scary. It's a caricature of the myriad of unsavory ways women in politics are demeaned and belittled. Traditionally, it's first ladies who get the psychotic public scrutiny – all those cookie scandals and the obsession with hairstyles and weight gain.

Consider the thousands of scurrilous e-mails telling gullible people Michelle Obama – a corporate lawyer – is a Marxist. Fox News referred to her as Obama's "Baby Mama" – combining racism and sexism into one fabulous phrase. Cindy McCain, meanwhile, is mocked as a too-rich, too-tightly-wound Stepford wife.

Then Newsom writes about Hillary Clinton and here's my favorite line of the whole column:

And how many of the people who today are complaining that Palin isn't being treated nicely also drove around with bumper stickers saying, "Life's a Bitch, Don't Vote for One"?

I would love to find a poll on some right wing blog about how many people find that bumper sticker funny.  

Read Newsom's entire column here.

Originally posted to WayBeyondSoccerMom on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Americans act like abused spouses. Republicans beat them up for eight years, yet they're ready to take them back when they say they'll change.

    by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:40:17 AM PDT

  •  lol re: bumper sticker (6+ / 0-)

    I wonder if the assholes driving it are scrambling to peel it off...

    "It's Palin and McCain, Yes Palin and McCain , One is a pit bull, The other's insane" -Nina Katarina (thank you!)

    by Alec82 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:42:34 AM PDT

  •  You know maybe if this was another time I would (7+ / 0-)

    feel a little different about all this... but as a woman I'm tired of everyone crying sexism, I think racism is playing a bigger part in all this and Obama is the one having a tougher time but no one seems to want to talk about that... sigh

    " I'm putting my country first by supporting barack obama" - Bill Maher

    by sillycilla on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:44:35 AM PDT

    •  I agree about racism is actually more prevalent (4+ / 0-)
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      than misogyny in this year's national election.

      However, I like how the columnist is able to shred Palin, without taking any 'because she's female' digs, while at the same time, taking on misogny, especially directed at female Democrats.

      Personally, I think "racism" is definitely the elephant in the room.

      Americans act like abused spouses. Republicans beat them up for eight years, yet they're ready to take them back when they say they'll change.

      by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:47:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Obama cannot complain about racism.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...in the way that the GOP is whining about sexism (and it IS whining....the overwhelming majority of the criticism of Palin is not remotely related to her gender).  Because, frankly, this can't become a race about race...at least, it can't be spoken and become a media theme.

      "It's Palin and McCain, Yes Palin and McCain , One is a pit bull, The other's insane" -Nina Katarina (thank you!)

      by Alec82 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:51:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Agree and disagree. (5+ / 0-)

    Cindy McCain IS those things.  I don't say that because I'm a misogynist, but because it's true.

    Newsome's doing the Typical Media thing:  stretching for "balance" by equating the LIES about Michelle Obama with the TRUTH about Cindy McCain.

    Michelle Obama didn't have an affair with a married man.

    Michelle Obama has not been McCain's $ugar Momma.

    Michelle Obama worked for whatever money she has.

    Michelle Obama only owns one house (i.e., is more like a regular person -- woman or man -- that C. McCain will ever be).

    Etc., etc.  Newsome blasts the Media, then commits one of the Media's most exasperating Crimes of Journalism:  works to create a False Equivalency.

    Sheesh.

    bg
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    "We in the gloam, old buddy," he said, "We definitely right in the middle of it." -Larry Brown

    by BenGoshi on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 08:52:52 AM PDT

    •  Look, I'm not a fan of Cindy McCain (2+ / 0-)
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      but I agree with the columnist when Cindy McCain is condemned for the way she looks or what she inherited.  

      I don't think it's true that Cindy McCain is a Stepford Wife.  And, what does it actually mean to be "too-tightly-wound", anyway?  

      If people are going to denounce Cindy McCain, let's denounce her for other things (like former drug addict, out of touch with most people's concerns, etc).

      Americans act like abused spouses. Republicans beat them up for eight years, yet they're ready to take them back when they say they'll change.

      by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:07:50 AM PDT

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      •  Well... (3+ / 0-)

        Edwards was mocked for his looks and haircut.

        Kerry was mocked for marrying a rich woman.

        Point is ... politicians do get unfairly attacked for their personal life and this is not limited to women.

        I would agree something implying that a woman is not strong enough to serve as president BECAUSE she is a woman is SEXIST but I disagree that every unfair negative personal attack on a woman is mainly due to sexism.

        Sometimes (unfortunately) it is just our current nasty gutter politics which is focused on making personal comments about people's lives and less on what their policies are.

      •  Well, I think she is. - nt - (0+ / 0-)

        "We in the gloam, old buddy," he said, "We definitely right in the middle of it." -Larry Brown

        by BenGoshi on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:27:36 AM PDT

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        •  P.S. - And I believe that Newsome's full of it... (0+ / 0-)

          . . . for trying to act so "above it all" when, in fact, she does the same-ol'-same-ol' False Equivalency thing.

          bg
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          "We in the gloam, old buddy," he said, "We definitely right in the middle of it." -Larry Brown

          by BenGoshi on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:29:29 AM PDT

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    •  Michelle has never stolen drugs from a clinic (2+ / 0-)
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      and transported them across international lines, then had her rich Senator husband game the system to insure she got off with a tv confessional- are real WHITEwash.

      Michelle Obama is the kind of first lady we need: a real person who has done outstandingly: versus Cindy who dresses in expensive couture while getting no consequences for breaking the law, endangering others, and ruining the reputations of dedicated professionals.

      Democracy is teetering on the brink of failure, and again we have outright lies that are sucking in boobus Americanus.

  •  I love this sentence: (3+ / 0-)

    The orgy of Palin-ology – not just from reporters, but from pundits and political spinmeisters, from the whole raunchy realm of online information – has left the Alaska governor so overexposed that by Nov. 4 I have to think even her staunch fans will feel the way you do after gorging on Godiva.

    "Statistics are people with the tears washed away." Sociologist Ruth Sidel

    by Vicky on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:32:21 AM PDT

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