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Monday, September 29, 2008

Smitten Pakistani president smacked by feminists at home for sexism towards Veep nominee Palin

My latest guest-post at HughHewitt.com ponders why feminists in Pakistan are able to recognize sexism (albeit of a fairly harmless sort) toward Sarah Palin in the actions of their own president, while American so-called feminists are blind to any and all sexism directed her way by themselves or their fellow Americans of the Hard Left.


[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]

(Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar)

How Sarah Palin Rallied Pakistan's Feminists is one of the more interesting stories I've read recently in TIME, but its author, writing from Islamabad, is either oblivious to irony or else is ruthlessly suppressing his ability to recognize and write about it.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska met with Pres. Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York on Weds., Sep. 24, 2008 (photo: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)

American leftists who style themselves "feminists" — a label they would permit only to people who believe both in equal rights for women and a bundle of liberal social causes, especially (but not limited to) abortion on demand — demonstrated not only immediate derangement, but blindness to both sexism and irony in their reactions to John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running-mate. Is it asking too much now that some of them might possibly recognize the irony that the (fairly harmless) sexism displayed toward Gov. Palin by the president of Pakistan has gotten him into hot water with his own country's feminists — who seem to still understand that term to actually have something to do with equality of rights and treatment for both men and women?

Naw. Never mind.


UPDATE (Mon Sep 29 @ 2:10 a.m. CST): "The Plumber" comments below that it looks from this photo as if Gov. Palin has a strong handshake. I agree, and that reminds me of a story, and one of my very favorite photos of Gov. Palin, which both come from Kaylene Johnson's excellent biography of her, Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down. I got permission to reprint that photo as part of my lengthy review of the book on my own blog back in June, and you can see it there. But here's a bit from the book (from pages 37-38) which I didn't quote there:

During the summers after graduation and throughout college, Sarah helped Todd fish commercially in Bristol Bay. They fished from a twenty-six-foot skiff with no cabin, a boat that could carry 10,000 pounds of salmon in eight holding bins below deck. It was the most physical and dangerous work Sarah ever had undertaken. On calm days, with Bristol Bay glittering in the sunshine, the surge of migrating salmon felt like a miracle. The work was staggering, however, and on stormy days, with cold saltwater spraying the deck, it took every fiber of Sarah's resolve to stay standing....

One day Sarah was holding onto the rail of their fishing boat as it sidled up to a tender to which they were delivering a load of fish. As the boats made contact, Sarah's hand was smashed against a railing. She broke several fingers. Todd skiffed Sarah to shore, went back out fishing, and returned to pick her up the next day. Even with a bandaged hand she climbed back on board to help.

"I couldn't disappoint him," Sarah said. "No matter how cold or nauseous, you just didn't complain."

— Beldar

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(1) Carol Herman made the following comment | Sep 29, 2008 1:24:13 AM | Permalink

McCain called it right. Pakistan is a failed state. With nukes.

And, we're in Open Polical Season, here. With the MSM trying to do to McCain/Palin what they accomplished doing to Hillary.

Meanwhile, I don't think Obama can win. What he'd like? A close election, like the one we got in 2000. But McCain is SMARTER THAN BUSH!

McCain also needs democratic voters to "cross over." The famous bridge Reagan built has opened, again. This is not a right wing contest, against the world!

And, McCain will probably be thought of as SMART, for holding his fire.

Bush, meanwhile, found himself without a parachute. Without a "mission accomplished" sign. Just about to get kicked in the hiney, al-la his dad. All he needs is the sign for 1992 attached to his hind quarters. And, ya know what? He brought this on himself!

Worse, it turns out that McCain got angry at the Bush handlers he did hire, and then attached to Palin's campaign headquarters. Those rear ends were the ones who sailed into Katie Couric's grasp. And, so, there are political lessons being learned.

How will the HOUSE vote t'marra? Well,all those kiesters go, every two years, back to the voting public. And, I'm not so sure Pelosi can really deliver!

Nor do I think the MSM, now in "full mode" just as they were against Hillary ... has come up with all that much. Heck, even Susan Estrich looks like she's on board McCain's Express.

No. You haven't seen tomorrow's voting! But you have seen that the MSM can't really grab "photo ops" with Republicans that tell you very much. (All you know is that Congress has gotten an ear-full from their constituents. And, MAIN STREET is in an uproar! (Yes, thanks to Dubya.) Man with a tin ear for politics. Just like his dad.

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