In her latest column, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd adds her voice to the chorus of naysayers lampooning would-be vice president Gov. Sara Palin (and her pregnant 17-year-old daughter), and bloggers are saying the perennially sassy writer has gone too far, even to the point of sexism.
While’s it’s true that Palin is inexperienced on a national stage, especially compared to her Democratic counterpart, Sen. Joe Biden, Dowd has bloggers outraged with her characterization of Palin, a mother of five and the governor of Alaska for less than two years.
Check out this snippet, where Dowd says Palin would first have to put away her breast pump before confronting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Putting away her breast pump, she points her rifle and informs [Putin] frostily that she has some expertise in Russia because it’s close to Alaska. “Back off, Commie dude,” she says. “I’m a much better shot than Cheney.”
Would we see such snark pointed at a male candidate? In this case, it would be physically impossible (unless Biden and Barack Obama have some really big secrets).
Dowd continues, this time discussing the diapers of Palin’s four-month-old baby, Trig, and Palin cooking for her husband, Todd.
“The P.T.A. is great preparation for dealing with the K.G.B.,” President Palin murmurs to Todd, as they kiss in the final scene while she changes Trig’s diaper. “Now that Georgia’s safe, how ’bout I cook you up some caribou hot dogs and moose stew for dinner, babe?”
Dowd’s childless lifestyle couldn’t perhaps be more polar opposite from Palin’s outdoorsy one, and it seems she thinks mommy-hood doesn’t qualify a woman for office. I’m guessing Nancy Pelosi would disagree.
When will we see a stereotype-laden column from Dowd dissecting Obama’s paternal distractions?
Dislaimer: I’ve been a big fan of MoDo, even bought her most recent book “Are Men Necessary?” and got her to autograph it at Borders in D.C.