Joseph Epstein, writing in The Weekly Standard, takes a close look at why many liberals, particularly liberal women, loathe Sarah Palin. Epstein argues that liberal men sort of dismiss Palin as unqualified and move on, but liberal women take her very, very personally. I have seen this firsthand, particularly on blogs by women who laughably call themselves “progressive,” when their words reveal them to be just the opposite. They do not want a conservative woman like Sarah Palin to succeed because she threatens their entire way of thinking.
In his spot-on article, Epstein notes:
One might think that liberal women would have some admiration for Governor Palin’s appearing to have solved the working mother problem that bedevils most contemporary American women. She is very feminine yet doesn’t regard herself as a victim, and seems to be entirely at ease with men. Here is a woman raising five children who is able not only to have an active hand in the life of her community but actually win the highest political office in her state. As the governor of Alaska, moreover, she took on the corrupt elements in her own party, which requires courage of a kind liberated women especially, one would think, might admire.
Ah, yes, here is the crux of the issue: Sarah Palin manages to pull off what these bitter liberal woman cannot, and does so with style. The amount of anger out there over Gov. Palin having a supportive family that helps her succeed is baffling. Why exactly would women begrudge other women their family situation? It takes a special kind of small-mindedness and pettiness to think this way.
At the end of the article, Epstein suggests that those women who feel such rage toward Gov. Palin take a closer look at their “illiberal” feelings. A noble suggestion, to be sure, but one none of them will undertake because they feed off that rage; without it, where would they be? What would they talk about? They need their self-righteousness to help bolster their egos and they prize their role as victim because it excuses their shortcomings. Progressive, indeed.