In a piece at Townhall, John Hawkins discusses the predictable tactics the Left employs against conservative women in general and Governor Palin in particular.
One of the many great ironies of American politics is that liberals claim that conservative men don’t like strong women. Supposedly, we demand that women be seen and not heard while they’re barefoot in the kitchen cooking pot pies and preparing to bring us a beer. Yet, there is a host of fiery, strong, wildly popular women who are beloved by conservative men including, but certainly not limited to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Nikki Haley, Jan Brewer, Dana Loesch and Condi Rice.
The truth that most people on the Left know, but don’t want to admit is that the most grotesque, woman-hating pigs in all of politics are inevitably liberal men who operate with the full sanction and support of left-wing feminists. As long as they limit their attacks to conservative women, the attitude is, “The b*tch deserved it.” That’s EXACTLY the way liberals have behaved with Sarah Palin and it’s why most of the loons, sleazebags and degenerates who’ve done these things to her have paid no real price for their horrible behavior. As you read this column and get a sense of what prominent conservative women like Sarah Palin have to put up with, keep in mind that in addition to this, there have been tens of thousands of other negative articles and attacks aimed at Palin by politicians, actors, journalists and bloggers along with millions of nasty comments, tweets and emails she’s had to put up with. This is how the Left attempts to humiliate and destroy strong women who stand up to them.
1) She was sued out of the governor’s office: Most people just note that Sarah Palin “quit” as governor of Alaska without pointing out the “why” behind it. Palin spent more than half a million dollars defending herself from frivolous ethics charges filed against her after she was on the 2008 ticket. Because of a since-fixed quirk in Alaska law, the Palin family had to pay all of these legal bills out of their own pocket. So in other words, it was COSTING Sarah Palin hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to be governor and without the financial resources she has today, it was putting a lot of financial strain on her family. Nobody should be put in a position where she has to choose between serving as governor or bankrupting her family fending off meritless, politically motivated lawsuits.
2) Sarah Palin was falsely blamed for the attack on Gabrielle Giffords: After crazed gunman Jared Loughner killed six people and shot Gabrielle Gifffords, the finger of blame immediately was pointed at….yes, Sarah Palin. She’d done a list of targeted districts and Giffords was one of the races in the crosshairs; so therefore she was obviously to blame for the shootings. Never mind that Palin was using extremely common, accepted and uncontroversial political rhetoric, that Jared Loughner apparently never saw Palin’s list and that he turned out to be a registered independent, Palin was actually publicly blamed by many people in the liberal media for 6 murders and the shooting of a congresswoman that were completely unrelated to her in any way, shape or form.
Although I disagree with John’s premise that Ann Coulter is still a conservative (see, here, here, here, and here, for example), he’s spot on about the Left’s attacks on Governor Palin. Read the rest of his article here.