In the Hill yesterday, Byron York asked, “What is it about Sarah Palin that seems to have driven so many smart, thoughtful Obama supporters around the bend?”
He lists a number of the most outrageous things liberals have said about the Alaska Governor, including Wendy Doniger’s contention that Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.” Â Reminds you of Gloria Steinem’s description of Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. Â Feminists seems to love prominent women, except when they’re Republican.
What explains this animosity toward successful conservative women? Â It seems there are three answers to York’s question, three reasons why Sarah Palin has driven so many Obama supporters around the bend.
The first reason: Â she upsets their narrative about gender. Â They would have us believe that all successful women have left-wing views and liberal values. Â Indeed, some do. Â But, this one doesn’t. Â She’s strong and self-confident, not aggrieved and whiny. Â She doesn’t tell people she can do the job better than a man. Â She just shows she can do it as a woman.
The second reason is that she upsets the narrative the Democrats had of this election. Â They wanted to run against John McCain’s election as a third term for George W. Bush. Instead, McCain picks a reform-minded Governor from about as far as you can get from our nation’s capital (without leaving the country) who has no ties to the incumbent (save party affiliation). Â
The third reason is that the enthusiasm she has generated among the Republican faithful, particularly social conservatives, undermines their narrative about Republicans. Â They want to believe that we don’t like certain liberal women because we fear/hate/can’t deal with strong women. Â And here we are admiring Sarah Palin as many of them revere Barack Obama.
In short, Sarah Palin drives so many on the left around the bend because she upsets so many of their narratives. Â Almost like a kid learning there’s no Santa Claus.