Women and Palin

The AP recently had a story entitled “Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain” (see here). It discusses the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, in which voters were asked for their opinions on McCain, Palin, Obama, and Biden. It states that Sarah Palin “earns positive reviews from 65% of men and 52% of women.”

Why does she earn a higher rating among men than women? I was thinking about this as I heard various reactions to the Alaskan governor. Immediately after her selection as John McCain’s running mate, there were Christian women who contended that Palin should stay at home with her kids rather than serve in public office. They referred to Bristol Palin’s pre-marital pregnancy in support of their position.

The day after Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention, NBC Nightly News interviewed two women from Cincinnati, Ohio. One was a flower-store owner, and she presented Palin as a genuine, salt-of-the-earth, regular person who understands the problems of middle-class families. The other woman, however, contended that Palin is an ambitious politician. I’ve communicated with other women who view Palin as another Hillary Clinton–as someone who will say the right things to get elected, who places her ambition above her own family, who actually does not understand the middle class, since she and her family make enough money to give Bristol options that many families do not have.

I can say why I like Palin. She’s conservative. She’s independent. She’s pro-life. She’s hot. (To be honest, I have somewhat of a crush on her, though I suppress that, since I’m not supposed to covet another man’s wife.) But why do so many women have a different reaction? Is it jealousy, or instinct, or what?

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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5 Responses to Women and Palin

  1. steph says:

    The reason I don’t like her and prefer Hillary Clinton is because the only thing I’ve heard from Palin is sarcasm, misleading criticism and pithy one liners. Although it was all scripted so I don’t even know if she has a mind of her own. And I think this “war is God’s plan” is a worry. I wouldn’t feel safe with her in power. And as she brags about being a “hockey mom” I think she is very selfish encouraging her daughter to marry a 17 year old hooligan who said on his myspace page “I am a f****** redneck” and “I don’t want no kids”. If she wants to prevent her daughter sinning, separate them until he grows up! And I’m not that convinced by all this money juggling. And guns. I think she’s ambitious for power, not to do good.


  2. James Pate says:

    Oh, she knows her energy issues. The same Palin you see in interviews before she was the VP pick is the same one who spoke at the convention (even though she’s now a little more gun ho on the Iraq War).


  3. steph says:

    yeah she’s all for drilling oil which will benefit Alaska and cost other states. Not to mention nuclear energy which is a risk to the environment and people – but so are the Dems. We don’t want another gun ho leading America – and dictating to the world.


  4. James Pate says:

    How’s drilling in Alaska costing the other states?


  5. steph says:

    http://pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com/ – A post September 4 and I read something somewhere else too but I can’t remember where. But apart from the fact I don’t like what we’ve seen of her so far – it’s not her domestic policies (although I do wish the whole world was anti nuclear, not just us and one Scandinavian country) that concern us but her international ones.


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