I was amazed at how badly the media was able to rub salt in my various wounds. And now, shading my eyes and watching the psycho wagon screech down the street, alarms blaring, I can finally understand some of the joy, albeit slightly hypocritical, some of my fellow Democrats found in making fun of Palin. It is something when the people who've been judging you for years are finally judged. And it is amazing that the McCain camp seems completely taken by surprise at the fact that the MSM really IS as sexist as the Republicans are. The growing sense of disbelief at that on the part of McCain's staffers is becoming palpable.
Anyway, I still don't see what's gained in the end by touting the same standards as the Republicans really did: moms & full-time work don't really mix, self-righteousness about the teen pregnancy deal, smugness (as Ruth Marcus exhibited today) about how easy the "choice" about having or not having a special needs child would be. All that has come up on the supposedly progressive side. Our focus needs to be on what, other than or in addition to abortion rights, will enable the economic parity of women in this country, especially that of mothers.
And all of this criticism of teen pregnancy seems to obviate the fact that Barack Obama's mother chose to continue her pregnancy at a young age, at a point in time when it could hardly have been convenient for her: in terms of her age, her education, and in terms of significant societal racism. She fought hard to both raise her children, obtain her college and graduate educations, and work. I keep thinking that Obama must get it--that's why I voted for him in the primaries and not Hillary--but if only he doesn't get sidetracked by all the sexist hacks in the Democratic party.
So--enough of this topic. The Republicans' cheer does look a tad grim tonight.