Ann Coulter thinks Sarah Palin needs to “season” a bit more, that she’s not quite ready for prime time. She also thinks Mitt Romney and Mark Sanford are more experienced.
Let’s be honest here, we’re talking male v. female. Palin is a very attractive woman who is breaking all the establishment rules. She is being denigrated and “mis-underestimated” for her actions.
Like Adam Graham wrote in Race42012, the left hates her. It’s that simple.
One of Sarah Palin’s most ardent supporters, I’d list him as Palin Supporter #2, with Adam Brickley being Palin Supporter #1, and humbly put The Pink Flamingo in at #3, Steve Maloney, sent out a fascinating commentary about Charles Krauthammer and Sarah Palin. I think it sums up the whole “Inside the Beltway” anti-Palin attitude that is engulfing the Right.
“…I agree Charles Krauthammer is a very well read individual who generally has a lot to say. However, he rather wildly understimates Sarah Palin. On the day it came out McCain would name her his running mate, Krauthammer, almost in a panic, said “McCain should have named . . . Fred Thompson.” Yes, just what we needed, two old, grumpy white guys, both on Social Security. Charles will never understand Sarah’s appeal, and he apparently refuses to examine her impressive list of accomplishments, which exceed those of John McCain, Fred Thompson, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden…”
Sarah Palin has as much experience as Bobby Jindal and almost as much as Mark Sanford. Both men are treated seriously, but she needs to season. Why?
Anchorage columnist Julia O’Malley hit it:
“...Hotness is a volatile commodity in the world of politics that can rally supporters and generate suspicion all at once. Think of the prettiest girl in high school. She’s loved. She’s envied. She’s sexualized. People make assumptions about how smart she is. A lot of successful women in politics dial the hotness back. Think Hillary. Think pantsuit and sensible haircut. Palin embraces the hot in her knee-high black boots and lipstick. And that’s part of what makes her so controversial…Sure, some of us don’t like Palin’s politics, but we should pay attention to what else is going on. I laughed a little when I watched Letterman’s jokes. It wasn’t because they were funny. It was because they were mean. And somehow watching someone be mean to America’s Hottest Governor felt good. And, that wasn’t feminist at all.
The fact is, even with the pumps and the winking, she didn’t deserve it. Maybe Palin is an opportunist, maybe she’s a drama queen, maybe she’s using a feminist argument to make political hay, but in this case her underlying point is right on. Letterman was gross and out of line, no matter which daughter he was talking about. Making Letterman apologize was a win for her and for women everywhere.
There are plenty of reasons to disagree with Palin, and there might even been some reasons to dislike her. But hotness shouldn’t be one of them..”