This campaign has perhaps seen more media bias than any previous contest for the White House. But, of all the outrages committed by the mainstream media, few compare to their treatment of one of the most accomplished women in American politics, the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.
In the media’s questions of the Alaska Governor, few television journalists have even asked her about her record, as if she were just a pretty face and her career a blank slate, save for the dirt they could dig up (or make up) from the Last Frontier. Ask any person who gets his news from the MSM about her accomplishments and you’ll be met with a blank stare.
Yet, they do know that her daughter’s pregnant and the Republican National Committee (RNC) paid for her wardrobe.
Despite all the attacks she has endured, she has retained her poise on the campaign trail. Quite a contrast to the opposing party’s standard bearer. She doesn’t let the obsessive opposition and media obloquy get to her.
Heck, it seems to upset me more than it does her.
I think the reason she can be so strong in the face of such vitriol is that her marriage, like that of Ronald Reagan, truly centers her life. Seeing her and Todd on stage together, one can feel their connection. You know that man loves this woman and this woman that man. While other politicians certainly love their spouses, few manifest it as readily as do the Palins. And the Reagans.
Reagan also seemed unfazed by the vituperative vilification that defined much of the media reaction to his rise and election. Today’s news reports notwithstanding, the Gipper suffered some pretty harsh blows from his political foes. In 1988, John Kerry called the Reagan era “eight years of moral darkness.”
Just like Sarah Palin, Ronald Reagan took it all in stride. Perhaps, that’s because when a strong marriage anchors your life, you develop the strength to withstand all manner of insults. Sarah Palin has that strength.
You’d think feminists would hold such a woman up as a model to which all women should aspire, standing tall even when others try to bring her down.
No wonder I love this lady.
UPDATE:Â Just got Kimberley Strassel’s Wall Street Journal piece on her interview with Palin. Excerpts below the jump.She notes the abuse Palin has endured:
The press has brutalized the Alaska governor, playing gotcha with her record, digging through her family life. The liberal intelligentsia has declared her unfit for office, a rube, a right-wing maniac. The conservative intelligentsia has accused her of being a lightweight, of “anti-intellectualism.”
The Alaska Governor faults the GOP for failing to deliver, saying, “We must prove to the American people that we will live out the ideals and the values articulated in that platform.” She reminds us that she’s “ever been known as an obsessive partisan. In fact, I’ve taken on my own party. I’ve run against members of my own party in order to reform at a local level and a state level:
I haven’t always just toed the line in the party. I’m not wired to do that. I want reform of our party, I want to be able to prove that our party is worthy of leading this country. And I’m not going to just go along to get along. I’ve never been able to do that. It bodes well for someone’s character, I believe, and is a strength.
This is the kind of woman we need to help clean up our party and lead our nation. Read the whole thing!