Oh, Ross Douthat. I can always count on you to bring me a weekly dose of unpleasantness. Witness your latest column, in which you ‘analyze’ the Palin fallout and place some of the blame on her enemies. These enemies sound so nefarious! So venomous! Like they’re the evil bastard child of a three-way between Voldemort, Sauron, and Emperor Palpatine. Or, you know, not. She’s also a woman, in case you hadn’t noticed. Something that Douthat pinpoints as the exact reason why people can’t stand Palin:
All of this had something to do with ordinary partisan politics. But it had everything to do with Palin’s gender and her social class.
Yes, there was sexist and outright misogynist shit slung at Palin. Still, saying that opposition to Palin was based solely on gender and social class is a clear falsehood. And social class? Last I checked, Obama was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, nor was Bill Clinton or even Ronald Reagan.
Douthat is also convinced that “any aspiring politician who shares her background and her sex” will face “female commentators [who] will attack you for not staying home with [your children].” Douthat apparently does not believe that any male commentators will do this, nor does he believe that there are any women out there who might actually relate to the issue of balancing career and family. Oh, and anyone with Palin’s background and sex will have their religion “mocked and misrepresented” — because nobody ever did the whole “Obama’s-a-Muslim (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)” spiel, amirite? It’s touching how much Douthat seems to care about sexism on the campaign trail . . . or at least it would be if he was sincerely offended by sexism directed at all women and not just those on GOP tickets. I won’t hold my breath.