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For the last time, people, she’s nothing like Hillary—or Michelle Obama


 

Why do people keep assuming that just because Sarah Palin can theoretically wear a pantsuit, she’s part of Hillary’s sisterhood? Or—even more desperate reach here—of Michelle Obama’s?

Much more accurate to compare her with Dubya, as Salon has done, with this excellent quiz, a list of cowboy quotes from Palin and George W. Bush. Which ones are Palin and which ones Bush? It’s pretty damn hard to tell.


 

For the last time, people, she’s nothing like Hillary—or Michelle Obama

  1. Sarmashita – they have the same speech writer – hence why it is difficult to tell his lines from his lines.

    Google: Matthew Scully

  2. “For the last time, people, she’s nothing like Hillary—or Michelle Obama”

    As I just read at jane galt about someone else, many of us think that’s feature, not a bug.

    When did ‘feminists’ start imposing an ideological litmus test to decide if a woman is worthy of office or not?

  3. jwl – My post wasn’t really about Palin’s qualifications or fitness for office, just about the assumption, popular these days, that just because she’s a woman she appeals to Hillary supporters or invites comparisons to Michelle Obama.

  4. When did feminists have to support a politcal candidate because she’s a woman, and not because of her political ideology?

    As for self-made – she’s a creation of Bush speechwriters who refuses to talk to journalists or the general public.
    http://www.observer.com/2008/politics/baby-steps-palin-takes-reporters-very-soft-question

    Is it true that a high school principal in a moderately large city would have more executive responsibility than she’s ever exercised?

  5. Is it true that a high school principal in a moderately large city would have more executive responsibility than she’s ever exercised? No, clearly not. Where do people get this stuff?

  6. “Is it true that a high school principal in a moderately large city would have more executive responsibility than she’s ever exercised?”

    Style Palin’s a governor. So a question for you is, does a high school principal employ more than 15,000 people and have control over a $11 billion budget?

  7. “Is it true that a high school principal in a moderately large city would have more executive responsibility than she’s ever exercised?”

    I guess it would depend on how close the school is to Russia

  8. That’s right – I forgot she’s briefly been governor of the third smallest State in the US. Almost 15,000 employees? Wow, that’s almost as big as Loblaws. I was way off there. I’d totally support Galen for President of the US…

    Actually, I was thinking about the executive experience she’s boased of from her time as mayor of Wasillia (pop. 9,000). What’s that city’s budget? And how much of it comes from local taxes, as compared to federal earmark?

  9. Style: yes that’s why Americans typically don’t elect senators as president. Only one out of four has any executive experience in government, and its clearly limited.

    McCain does have experience in military leadership but he’s also been a senator for a long time.

    I think whoever gets the job is going to have a fair bit of “on the job training” and will probably be remembered as a worse president than Bush (probably due to economic disasters yet to arrive).

  10. True enough (although the few times senators have gone on to the presidency haven’t been all bad – remember the transformational presidencies of Nixon, Johnson and Kennedy?) – but didn’t McCain base his attacks on Obama on his unreadiness to lead? A bit incoherent to then make Palin his second in command…As for McCain’s military leadership, I thought Wesley Clark pointed out long ago that it didn’t exist.

  11. What do women think about how Barry is now desperate to get Hillary out on the hustings to help him with the Palin effect?

    Do you think Hillary has noticed that Obama didn’t want anything to do with her but is now begging her to help because he needs her image and gravitas due to the fact that Obama/Biden are now coming across as sexists/chauvinists/misogynists?

  12. Yes, Sarah achieved her current position without the help of her husbands accomplishments. Can’t say the same about Hillary and Michellle. Heck, without Bills political influence, Hillary wouldn’t even be wealthy.

  13. <ijwl – My post wasn’t really about Palin’s qualifications or fitness for office, just about the assumption, popular these days, that just because she’s a woman she appeals to Hillary supporters or invites comparisons to Michelle Obama.

    Its a good point, but I have to wonder why Michelle Obama in mentioned. She is just a lawyer who married a prominent political figure(not that there is anything wrong with that, aside from the lawyer part, lol). With respect to accomplishments, marrying success just doesn’t count. Hillary has actually been voted into political office.

  14. Didn’t Hillary speak at the DNC convention, and make a number of other appearances with or on behalf of Obama (who’s often mentioned her in speeches)? Hillary has been part of the Democratic campaign for a while – it would be disappointing if she was now expected to focus on Palin because of their shared gender though. McCain is the Republican ticket; Palin is a PR stunt. Their efforts to imitate Bush, and the promise to continue his policies, are their shared weaknesses.

  15. Eric, Michelle Obama went to Harvard Law, and subsequently worked in a number of key positions in Chicago city government, as well as the University of Chicago, both of which, I might add, have vastly larger administrations than either the State of Alaska or *cough* the City of Wasilla.

    God help Sarah Palin now that Hillary has been unleashed.

  16. Gentry

    Michelle went into government work after Obama was elected to the state senate and she was given the job at the hospital, which was created out of thin air just for her, after Barry made it to the U.S.Senate. So there are questions of about the chicago machine and influence peddling.

    And I think the dog and pony show Hillary is about to embark on for Obama in Florida is a double edged sword. Yes, it will help to woo some more of Hillary’s supporters but it can just as easily remind people that only one party has a woman on the ticket and the other party treated Hillary disgracefully even though she is clearly the number 2 person within the Dems.

  17. “My post wasn’t really about Palin’s qualifications or fitness for office, just about the assumption, popular these days, that just because she’s a woman she appeals to Hillary supporters or invites comparisons to Michelle Obama.”

    Yes Sarmishta, or the assumption that because a politician is female, she can be written about by a journalist who wouldn’t normally cover politics, just because both can theoretically where a pant suit.

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