Then, there's Maureen Dowd, generally a good source of liberal amusement. Dowd is pouting today in her NYT column about the "mean girls" like Palin, Fiorina, Angle, and O'Donnell who are taking on the liberal eunuchs and women. These are strong women who are taking on the likes of Obama, Boxer, Reid, and the bearded Marxist on the records of the individuals. Apparently, when Boxer disrespected a military man and Pelosi wanted to name a landfill or waste area after President Bush, that was acceptable behavior. I hope that I'm never clouded enough by my political bias to not call a spade a spade. If the likes of my political heroines--Palin, Bachmann, Fiorina, Haley etc--ever cross a line, I hope that I'm able to recognize it and want them to act respectfully. However, at least for the time being, I have not seen that in these ladies. I also haven't seen that kind of objectivity in Dowd.
I will say the same thing about pseudoconservative twentysomethings who claim to speak for all young conservatives and "feminist" columnists who try to push that there way of thinking is indeed enlightened thinking that I did about Emily's List's response to Governor Palin's SarahPAC video in a Conservatives4Palin post in August:
For Governor Palin and conservative and independent women throughout America, it's not about being placed in the "women" box of identity politics. For conservative women, it's not about Governor Palin speaking for us; it's about being able to speak for ourselves. This is the kind of worldview that Governor Palin espouses and supports in candidates whom she endorses. It isn't about government dictating to female small business owners how they must run their business or about levying burdensome taxes on them. It's about removing burdensome regulations and taxes that allow these business owners to increase their inventory and their staff--both of which help fuel the economy. This allows these women to speak and act for themselves. It's not about creating more government programs to "provide" for women. It's about creating an environment for women to manage their budgets and their households, and it's about ensuring that the money spent on government programs now isn't going to mortgage the future of these women's children. When Governor Palin wants to advocate for First Amendment rights, she is not about stifling dissenting opinions, but it's about ensuring that a double standard isn't applied, even if the women she is defending has been less than complimentary to her in the past.
Governor Palin hasn't made it her goal to be the voice for women, but in this process, in many ways, she has become just that. She speaks for us because she advocates for women to speak and act for themselves. It is not about placing women or any other demographic group in a certain box, it's about allowing them to speak and act for themselves.
So, again, you ladies don't speak for me. Identity politics are a thing of the past.