You don't hear it much anymore (praise be!) but there was a time when conservatives described feminists as whiners and sourpusses. There are whiners and sourpusses on every side of every political argument, just as there are comedians, wise-crackers, and happy faces. Now, finally, a conservative publication has opined that there can be female whiners on the Right, too:
When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her resignation two weeks ago it was after a series of strange, petty bouts with her detractors. Many "frivolous ethics violations" had been alleged against her, she noted. David Letterman had told an ugly joke about her daughter. A blogger had posted something that was probably not true. Someone had photoshopped a radio talker's face onto a picture of her baby -- a "malicious desecration" of the image, in the words of Ms. Palin's spokeswoman.
Indeed, if political figures stand for ideas, victimization is what Ms. Palin is all about. It is her brand, her myth. Ronald Reagan stood tall. John McCain was about service. Barack Obama has hope. Sarah Palin is a collector of grievances. She runs for high office by griping.
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By Bonnie Erbe