R – E – S – P – E – C – T
September 23, 08, 4:14 pm
Filed under: Bill Clinton, campaign, election, elections, politics, Sarah Palin | Tags: , ,

Former President Bill Clinton seems to have taken a real shine to Sarah Palin of late. His most recent praise came yesterday as he spoke of Palin’s appeal to the average American:

“I come from Arkansas, I get why she’s hot out there, why she’s doing well,” said Clinton, who supports the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama.

Ok there is obviously going to be some speculation over what he meant by “hot”. Taken in it’s context I’m pretty certain he just meant “popular”… but knowing Bill’s amorous past we always have to wonder what is really brewing in that head of his. He likes to plant seeds. And it’s not a stretch to surmise that somewhere in the recesses of his deluded mind lies a hope that he will one day have a chance at with Sarah. Or maybe not. Either way It’s hard to resist having a little fun with it.

Ulterior motives aside, lets analyze the comments that followed.

Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin’s appeal by adding, “People look at her, and they say, ‘All those kids. Something that happens in everybody’s family. I’m glad she loves her daughter and she’s not ashamed of her. Glad that girl’s going around with her boyfriend. Glad they’re going to get married.”‘

I’m going to say something that I’ve seldom said about Bill Clinton… he is RIGHT ON THE MONEY here.  Regardless of his intentions, I agree with his sentiments. Check out the following statement:

“I get this,” Clinton said. “My view is … why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don’t we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?”

Folks, the man is [cough, sputter] exactly right.  Never has the inability to separate the person from the politics been more pronounced than with the left’s treatment of Sarah Palin.  Leftists are stubbornly refusing to see anything of merit in the woman. They know in their heart of hearts that she has certain qualities they would kill for in a candidate — but the fact that she is a conservative is simply unforgivable to them. Especially when their candidate had this election aced. So not only is she criticized… she is loathed.

Their vitriol has manifested itself in childish ways. Lib pundits and celebrities have uttered crass and tasteless things about her and her family recently… really scaping the gutter in some cases.  And in recent news, a liberal hacker —  allegedly the son of a Tennessee Democratic congressman —  has taken great glee in plastering Palin’s personal emails all over the web. This is juvenile behavior. The venom is really flowing over there on the left.

But what about me you might ask? Don’t I criticize and tease Barack Obama?  Sure.  It’s a political blog. Sarcasm and humor are part of the package. But it’s one thing to call a candidate ‘The Messiah’ and quite another to suggest that his opponent’s daughter will get “the electric chair for being a little slut” (as Russell Brand so tactfully quipped about Bristol Palin).  It’s one thing to make light of Obama’s “57 states” gaffe and quite another to openly fantasize about his opponent’s running mate being gang-raped (credit the ever classy Sandra Bernhardt with that one). On the political humor scale, I’m a Leno… not a Howard Stern.

Now, here’s a seldom treaded path that I might suggest to some of you libs… it’s called ‘the high road’. When Hillary Clinton ran we were told that regardless of our political views, we should applaud the great strides she has made for womankind. Why not view Sarah Palin in the same light? Why not say “I disagree strongly with her views and will do everything in my power to defeat her party in this election… but I do think she’s a likable person and am impressed by what this woman has achieved for her gender.” And while you’re at it, admit that you liked the lipstick joke. Is that so hard?

Face it, it would be a tremendous step forward for women if we had a female vice president.  The glass ceiling doesn’t get much higher than that.  Does she have to be a Democrat before that will have any meaning for you liberals?  Do you realize how shallow that is?

And while I’m on the subect what about feminists themselves? Many of them have gone on record blasting Sarah recently. They are not only doing a disservice to their cause, they are revealing to the world that liberalism is the real engine that drives modern feminism… not equal rights for women.  Pretty ‘non-progressive’ if you ask me.

I’m not suggesting that Sarah never be criticised by any means. Color her any way you want… just keep your crayons inside the lines please. Politics aside she’s actually a pretty impressive woman.


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