Don't Pity This Woman

Palin deserves our scorn, and that's it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 1:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The media seems to be lining up to feel sorry for poor Sarah Palin, forced to endure these deer-in-headlights interviews. “I guess I’m one cold dame,” Rebecca Traister writes in Salon, because “when you stage a train wreck of this magnitude…I don’t feel bad for you.” To her, Palin isn’t some wilting victim, she’s a governor who doesn’t care enough about her country “to cram effectively for the test.”

Palin should especially enrage feminists, who’ve watched a great year for women turned into a “misogynistic political mash,” Traister says. McCain could have picked from plenty of qualified conservative women; he picked Palin instead. “I don’t want to be played by the girl-strings anymore,” writes Traister. “This is not breaking my heart. It’s breaking my spirit.”