When it comes to Sarah Palin, people aren’t even creative about the rumors they “report” about her; just pick the most sexist stereotypes about how women handle themselves in high pressure situations, and the world will eat them up. At least that’s what the authors of the uber-buzz generating book Game Change seem to think.
Now, I don’t make it a habit to take to heart much of anything said about a public figure in cases where the supposed witness is not willing to look a camera directly in the lens and personally attest to his or her story, or give a really good reason (I’m thinking mob threats might qualify) why that’s not an option. That goes doubley-so for anything said by anonymous sources about Sarah Palin, who has faced no end of efforts to besmirch her character.
As if those prejudices weren’t enough, even the authors of Game Change admit that their stories are not really based on what could strictly be called “reliable facts.”
Halperin and Heilemann tell ABC News their book is based on interviews with over 300 people. They add that many of the revelations aren’t based on quotes, but paraphrased statements.
So, the paraphrased statements from anonymous sources apparently add up to: an image of a woman that is completely at odds with the image of a woman who managed to be a mother,a successful two-term mayor, and the most popular governor in the country. They claim (HT: Ann Althouse):
“Game Change,” the 2008 deconstruction, says the stress of vaulting onto the national stage caused Palin to have wild mood swings.
“One minute, Palin would be her perky self; the next she would fall into a strange blue funk,” the authors write.
“As they were about to set off to meet Couric, Palin announced ‘I hate this makeup’ – smearing it off her face, messing up her hair, complaining she looked fat,” the book relates.
Palin went on to give answers to Couric that were so incoherent the interview permanently damaged her.
Palin went into a tailspin. She stopped eating or sleeping, and drank only a half a can of diet soda a day, recounts the book written by John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine.
“When her aides tried to quiz her she would routinely shut down – chin on her chest, arms folded, eyes cast to the floor, speechless and motionless, lost in what those around her described as a kind of catatonic stupor,” the book says.
“If I had known everything I know now, I would not have done this,” the book quotes Palin as saying.
There is not a single bit of mush in these rumors that doesn’t go straight to the heart of the most backwards, outdated, unprogressive ideas about women in the workplace. She talked about her baby (something I have heard that parents do on occasion!), so she must have had postpartum depression; she threw tantrums and “shut down;” she complained about looking “fat;” she had mood swings. I can imagine an old school good ol’ boy in an office somewhere listing these as lame excuses why not to hire a perfectly acceptable female candidate. In the 1950’s. His character today would be so over-the-top that nobody would buy it.
It really goes to show how sexist liberals are at heart. These stories are completely unbelievable; the person described here could not manage a bank account, much less successfully govern a state, nor could that person make multiple public appearences, hair and make-up intact, mind you, over the course of a presidential campaign. The only person that could accept this is the sort of person who already believes that women are inferior and incapable. Yet, liberals accept this without question. It makes me sad.