First, Fox couldn’t sing Palin’s praises hard enough. Then the election ended – and not well for the party Rupert Murdoch supports – and now Fox can’t tell us enough about the “foibles of Sarah Palin.” (They claim they were prevented from reporting this stuff during the election – by whom, I’d like to know.) At the very same time, they defend McCain’s choice of her as a running mate:
It’s not McCain’s campaining that cost him the election. Nor was it his choice to echo the policies of an extremely unpopular president until he bought a clue and changed his tune midstream except not really. Nor was it his ham-handed attempt to woo Hillary Clinton voters with the substitution of another woman, as if they’re all interchangeable to us. No, it was, as always, The Woman who cost him the election.
Now, let’s be clear. Palin is underqualified to be president (so am I; so are most of us), and I believe McCain’s rationale in selecting her was all about demographics, and that shows a reckless disregard for the well-being of the US on McCain’s part. Attempting to hide Palin’s lack of qualification shows a reckless disregard on the part of whomever dictated that it not be reported.
But none of this is Palin’s fault. You can criticize her for her policies and her actions and things she says (and there’s plenty there to criticize), but it’s not her responsibility to turn down the offer of a lifetime. It’s McCain’s job to exercise some intelligence and discretion. But there’s nothing quite like using a woman, casting her aside, and then scapegoating her for your (or your party’s) failures, and that’s what everyone from McCain to the press is doing.
Choosing Palin probably did harm McCain’s chances. But it was the choice, not the woman. It was the man who made the choice, not the woman who played her part as asked.
Remember, girls and women: when they make you an offer that’s too good to be true, you may regret accepting. On the other hand, if you don’t accept, things will never change. On the other other hand, if you accept and then make a fool of yourself, you might set us all back twenty years. Oh, never mind. We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t and damned when we point out what bullshit it all is.