Trump calls Palin “a special person” he’d like in his Cabinet. That seems only fair, because he’s thriving in the same cynical value system that puts opportunistic soundbites above seriousness, preparedness and intellectual heft. – William M. Daley [Washington Post]
THE WASHPOST has posted a fascinating op-ed by Bill Daley, former White House chief of staff from 2011 to 2012, who lays blame of the rise of Republican
outsider crazy on Sarah Palin.
Daley is a failed chief of staff of President Obama, and his view comes from the establishment sector of the old boys’ club. It’s one reason he missed the main element of the Palin moment.
Any attempt to bring a woman into the presidential contest on the Republican side always had one huge obstacle. The GOP is moored in traditionalism and that women’s primary role is that of mother and includes that the right doesn’t believe women have the right of self-determination equal to men.
What Palin’s inclusion in the 2008 nominating process did was reveal the same tectonic fault lines Republicans are facing today as they look at the inevitable nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.
Mark Halperin is our establishment guide.
Republicans are erroneously convinced they can beat Clinton solely with talk of Benghazi, e-mails, and other controversies that have nothing to do with the economy and the real lives of real people. Nowhere does the Fox News-Rush Limbaugh echo chamber more hurt Republican chances of beating Clinton than in the politics of scandal and controversy. To paraphrase the famous line attributed to Pauline Kael: everyone who conservatives know think the Clintons should be in prison. The problem is that swing voters don’t share that view in sufficient numbers to actually warrant banking a victory on placing those arguments front and center. Kevin McCarthy’s acknowledgement that the Benghazi committee was set up to damage Clinton politically has not just polluted the select committee’s efforts; it also means that one of the most effectively tried-and-true Team Clinton defenses (that any controversy that swirls around her is a ginned up political attack because Republicans don’t want to talk about real issues) has got legs straight through next November.
Republicans knew Sarah Palin had taken on the Republican establishment in Alaska. She was a governor! Never mind that it was in the far out state of Alaska.
Establishment male Republicans couldn’t resist how Sarah Palin looked. Once she performed at the convention, it was love. Appearance and performance could do it all, right?
They didn’t care what she actually knew.
The GOP base today is beat up, pent up and fed up, so Ben Carson seems to be providing a soothing salve to the Sarah Palin rants that blew into primetime on her overwrought rhetoric. Ben Carson is just the latest version of Sarah Palin, a man who champions “common sense,” while maintaining his patriarchal point of view that includes turning back the clock for women, which is being done in state after state across this country.
If you’re an outsider who thinks Carson is too weak, “low energy,” and not strong enough, you’ve always got Donald Trump.
The problem is the two outsider choices have the same problem as Palin, except they’re men. It revolves around the inability of the Republican party to talk to women whose lives don’t revolve around abortion, Planned Parenthood, or religion.
Whether you love or hate Hillary Clinton, when she talks about women’s lives it revolves around navigating the economic trenches of the modern era, which includes family planning. How a woman thrives in the 21st century, which includes her own personal health, the expense of living, and how her contribution as chief financial officer of the family makes life better for her children.
Republicans never wanted Sarah Palin to talk to women, to explain modern living today and its complexity, as women become the breadwinner or co-breadwinner of their families and their finances.
If anything proved Republicans still don’t get modern women it was last week’s Benghazi committee. Many Republicans hate Hillary Clinton, an emotion they hope can be spread to independent voters to keep HRC from winning the nomination and the general election.
The foundation of it all is modern women who won’t be tied down to traditionalist family history.
Clinton represents everything the Republican party has fought against since its inception, which only got worse for them once 1960 hit and “the pill” gave women control over their bodies and reproductive life, but also gave them leverage over the men in their lives, which is really the rub.
So, when you hear Ben Carson say he wants to have Roe v. Wade overturned, he’s really talking about the sexual revolution, which led to feminism and women have autonomy over their own lives and that of their family.
For one brief, dull and dingy moment, Sarah Palin proved to the GOP they, too, could play the gender game. Unfortunately, Republicans never did understand that women don’t want totems or national figures to cosmetically represent them. A woman for the sake of it isn’t enough.
It’s not Sarah Palin’s fault that Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading the outsiders, as the establishment panics. It’s how Republicans still think of women and their role in the family, as the modern era once again threatens to make Republicans irrelevant nationally.