No “Game Change” Here: Just More Sexist Gossip About Palin

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.

The morning of her ill-fated CBS interview with Katie Couric, Palin – “her eyes glassy and dead” – was unresponsive to attempts to prep her as she was being made up.

“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.

She talked often about her baby, Trig, who spent most of the time in Alaska, and some John McCain aides thought she might be suffering postpartum depression.

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.


6 Responses

  1. I sometimes think women are the root of all evil, but that’s just cause of something that happened to my poor uncle who got tricked by this one skank. Anyways Palin is alright but she does seem like she’s not upto the job, whatever her job is exactly.

  2. I disagree with your analysis of the believability of this garbage. I think it is exactly because it is so believable that it works.

    Fact is, most people are still in the ‘matrix’ when it comes to gender identity. This crap is shoved down our throat so hard from day 1 that it takes extraordinarily perceptive people to see through it. Considering that something like 40% of people go to college where they have like a 50% chance of being exposed to ideas about gender construction, you’ve got 20% of us that are clued in from education, add in another 10% that just see through it with no prompting, and there you have like 30% of people who can really see through traditional gender roles.

    The other 70% eats that stuff up. They define their lives, their sense of self, and sense of reality based, very heavily, on whats dangling, or not, between their legs. Seriously, the old roles have gone nowhere for most people, they have just been re-painted. Hell, the grand idea, the marketing scheme to end all marketing schemes was.. to paint stuff pink. women can’t get enough of it. We are so far from getting anywhere on gender….

    That said, of course they believe that Sarah Palin is dumb and a ‘girl’ and stresses over feeling fat. They probably think she has a pink cell phone and can’t get enough Desperate Housewives too.

    If ever any of this liberal propaganda shocks you just look how dumb and deeply confused the audience is, then it will make sense.

    • Steve, I don’t think that you’re wrong about what you wrote except for the idea that these stereotypes are erased by education. I’m not sure that the modern university does anything but encourage sexism and stereotypes (albeit in a slightly different way than the traditional).

      Watch some hardworking, quick on their feet women who haven’t had thing handed to them all their lives, and that will erase the stereotypes.

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