Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Palin Effect

We are elated to hear Representative Gabrielle Giffords is set to leave the hospital and is off to recuperate in Houston at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation hospital which specializes in brain injuries.

It's been less than 2 weeks from the shooting and the blame game has been boiling. Everyone is ducking and covering, especially Sarah Palin. Her unapologetic video and claims of "blood libel" by her critics have earned her an all-time low approval rating. Her inability to acknowledge any of her actions, or at the very least not make it about her while a congresswoman is hospitalized from gunshot wounds, is an undeniable turn-off.

Lori at Feministing outlines Loughner's misogynist beliefs that women should not be in politics. That includes you, Sarah Palin. This could be a wake up call in the ways that women in politics are not taken seriously and her role in shaping those ideas as a celebrity first, politician second. But instead it's more of the same, taking the idea of being a rabble-rousing "maverick" and pushing people to their limit. The people have spoken and they want less angry rhetoric and more accountability and humanity.

For your viewing pleasure, Jon Stewart helps us process the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin.

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