The estimable Maureen Dowd on Palin:
You know what I’m thinking, because you’re thinking it, too . . . It’s delicious imagining the Debate of the Century between Big Mama, as Bill’s male aides called Hillary, and “Hottie Granny,” as People magazine will doubtless dub Sarah. ESPN will want in.
Republicans may learn they can’t appeal to right-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time. A loss in November could cause the centrist majority of Republicans to take back their party, which was the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment and should be the last to want to invite government into the wombs of women.
And American women, who suffer more because of having two full-time jobs than from any other single injustice, finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can’t be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are campaigning on their belief that men should be, can be and want to be at home for their children.
This could be huge.
Uh, yeah, whatever. Pretty amusing how Steinem can even write that somehow a larval, centrist Republican host organism can emerge after a 2008 loss rather than be the strawman blamed for the car wreck. She must not get out much.
Democrats have a challenge on their hands not too dissimilar from what the Boy King presented to his rivals. How to go after someone without being seen as ‘going after someone’ — avoiding the fatal ‘ism’ charge. Most never figured it out; hence the Denver coronation.
A more interesting column, along the fake internal monologues Safire used to do, would be to imagine HRC’s musings right about now. ‘What to do? What to do? (smiling)’.