Time to panic

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Make no mis­take — the Demo­cratic Party and its nom­i­nee have cre­ated the pow­er­house that is Sarah Palin, and the party’s in­creased at­tacks on her (and even on her daugh­ter) re­flect that panic,” Tammy Bruce writes in the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

“The party has moved from tak­ing the fe­male vote for granted to out­right con­tempt for women. That’s why Palin rep­re­sents the most se­ri­ous con­ser­va­tive threat ever to the mod­ern lib­eral claim on is­sues of cul­tural and so­cial su­pe­ri­or­ity. Why? Be­cause men and women who never be­fore would have con­sid­ered vot­ing for a Repub­li­can have ei­ther de­cided, or are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing, do­ing so,” said the writer, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Los An­ge­les chap­ter of the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women and a reg­is­tered Demo­crat un­til Fe­bru­ary, when she de­clined to state a party pref­er­ence.

“They are de­cid­ing women’s rights must be more than a slo­gan and ac­tu­ally be­long to ev­ery woman, not just the sort ap­proved of by left­wing spe­cial-in­ter­est groups.

“Palin’s can­di­dacy brings both fig­u­ra­tive and lit­eral fem­i­nist change. The sim­ple act of think­ing out­side the lib­eral box, which has in­sisted for gen­er­a­tions that only lib­er­als and Democrats can be trusted on is­sues of im­port to women, is the po­lit­i­cal equiv­a­lent of a nu­clear ex­plo­sion.

“The idea of fem­i­nists will­ing to look to the right changes not only elec­toral pol­i­tics, but will put more women in power at light­ning speed as we move from be­ing taken for granted to be­ing pur­sued, nom­i­nated and ap­pointed and ul­ti­mately, sworn in.”

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