Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Anyone watch the convention?Another convention week coming to us from an inconvenient time zone. I wanted to hear what Lieberman would say last night, but he wasn't scheduled to appear until 10:40PM. Some of us in the east - especially older folks like me - are off to bed by 10. By 10, the appeal of politics wanes and the mind turns to other passions, or so I am told.
What good is a speech if the people you need to persuade have shut off the boob tube and called it a night?
I want to hear Governor Palin speak tonight, if it's not too late. The more I read, the more sympathetic I am to her situation.
I have my issues with Palin, but some of the criticism I see online just reeks of misogyny - Bill Maher called her a stewardess, which is pretty insulting when you consider her accomplishments. She may not be ready for the presidency, but even flight attendants don't like to be called "stewardess". Isn't the Governor of Alaska entitled to a little respect?
Some others who have criticized her as a mother go too far - in effect, challenging the legitimacy and integrity of any mother with a career.
Yes, there are some obvious issues of Republican hypocrisy and, in this case, with a candidate who is running on her character rather than her resume, it is fair to scrutinize her choices. But there is too much glee in some of the commentary, as if some are very happy to be able to put this woman, or any woman, in her place. We seem to be very hard judges of women who dare to lead. I'd like to hear what she has to say tonight, and I'll probably stay up to give her a chance.
Maybe next time, they could schedule the major speeches to end an hour sooner?
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