Sarah Palin was such a gift to bloggers that it’s been hard to imagine the political world without her. Fortunately, she just won’t go away. From today’s ThinkProgress:
Did Palin Use GOP Funds To Buy Her Children Underwear?
After controversy erupted over Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) largely unauthorized spending spree, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) announced that she would no longer be wearing the expensive clothing: “Those clothes, they are not my property. … I’m not taking them with me.” Palin, however, did take some clothes with her. The Republican party is planning to dispatch a lawyer to Alaska to “inventory and retrieve the clothes still in her possession.” According to Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, the governor spent the weekend separating out the GOP-bought clothes, including underwear for her daughters ….
I think we’re all pretty much in agreement at this point that Sarah Palin has been a trainwreck, and that it’s time to let her go back to face the music in Alaska. But I’m concerned about the damage she has done — beyond taking money donated by the average Republican citizen and going on a shopping spree at Neiman Marcus. I’m concerned about what she has done to women, in general.
You see, Sarah Palin got awfully close to getting elected as Vice President. She was on the national scene for weeks. Everyone in America knew her as someone running for national office.
And she blew it. If she represented women, what must the men be thinking? She reinforced every terrible sterotype: ditzy, and shallow. At the same time, of course, she’s “pretty.” (I mean I don’t think so, but she has a certain “hot for teacher” kind of look that a lot of men seem to like.)
So as a Hillary Clinton supporter, I’ll continue to watch politics over the next 4 years, and I have to wonder, has Sarah Palin set us back? When will another woman be able to get to the top of the ticket?