The View from London

The Times of London has one of the most perceptive articles about Palin and the future of politics in the USA. So often it is the British journalists who reveal us to ourselves more than our own writers. Read it here.

  • Dan

    The article says: “… a pro-life conservative she debunks in one swoop the enduring myth that all women subscribe to the obligatory nostrums of radical feminism.” Yes she sure does! This is why the left is going to attempt to destroy her. Examples like Sarah Palin show that one can be successful, female, AND pro-life.

  • ginger c.

    Yes, she was a former beauty queen. If I’m not mistaken, she earned scholarship money doing so. Smart girl.

  • chimakuni

    Great article. Goes to show you that one does not need to kill their babies in order to be intelligent, well spoken, and yes, quite a nice looking woman. I feel sorry for so many women who were fed the lie that they had to crash the glass ceiling at the cost of their young.This is going to be one interesting election.

  • Christopher Joseph

    There is a somewhat recent precedent for a vice presidential nominee having a significant impact on a presidential campaign. In 1992, Bill Clinton’s selection of Al Gore, another relatively young Southerner, drew a sharp contrast between the “old guard” Republicans who “just didn’t get it” and the so-called “New Democrats” who did. That perception, combined with the campaign of Ross Perot, really vaulted Clinton to the White House.I think the current situation is just as dynamic. Sarah Palin will have just as much (if not more) of an impact in this year’s election, one way or the other.(Preferably the right way and not the other.)

  • Christopher Joseph

    Thank you for this forum, Fr. Longenecker. My wife is tired of me breaking down this election during the candidates’ speeches.

  • Éstiel

    I was surprised by the liberal Democratic reaction until Sally Quinn wrote that ridiculous piece asserting that Palin’s five children should preclude her selection; Quinn said that a good mother should be tending her children. Huh?That clarified everything for me. I had to think about Quinn’s motive. She believed–and this is important–that conservative women would say, “oh, yes, she should be tending the children,” or some such. Quinn, like so many merely chromosomal females in that crowd, is so divorced from her own femininity that she has no understanding of conservative women. I don’t think any of those people in that crowd have a clue about us. Conservative commentators could only cluck about the irony of such an observation as Quinn made, but what struck me was the woman actually thought she was “getting to” conservative women voters. All she did was reveal herself, her contempt for us, and her manipulative motives.I explain things best via analogy. Would a black man who underwent some skin-whitening procedure get the enthusiastic support of black voters? No? Well, for the same reason, women who turn against their own femininity DO NOT DO US PROUD. Hillary Clinton, et al, make me ashamed of being a woman. Sarah Palin makes me proud of my sex. And I will add: John McCain, in his acceptance speech last night, “made me proud of my country for the first time in my adult life.” Go thou, Michelle, and figure out that it’s service and not accomplishment that, as McCain said, brings real happiness. And then, try and translate how that applies to real women like Sarah Palin.

  • Ken & Carol

    Thanks for the lead about the article in The Times. I read something similar from the UK on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal this morning: “What Mrs Palin Could Learn from Mrs T(hatcher). There are some Canadian and Australian blogs that are doing some good work for Mrs Palin too.

  • The Digital Hairshirt

    Delightful! I posted this over at The Hairshirt(and gave you credit, Father, natch).