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Say It Isn’t So, Sarah

I saw a clip of V.P. candidate Sarah Palin once again mocking someone. This time, it was former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. I’m sure that most of you have seen it.

For those who haven’t, apparently, Palin was quoting a Starbuck’s coffee mug, which had an Albright quote on it. (Don’t they have actual recent newspapers at Starbuck’s that Palin could have been reading to catch up on what’s going on in the world instead of reading old quotes off the coffee cups in there?) Palin thought that it was mock-worthy to tell her audience that Albright had apparently said, “There’s a place in hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.” The crowd then booed.

First, from the photo of the coffee cup that I’m looking at, the quote is actually “There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.” To me, it’s not that big of a deal that she got the quote wrong by substituting support for help and omitting special, but technically speaking, if you’re going to quote someone, then you should probably, ummmm, quote him or her; otherwise, it’s not a quote but, rather, a paraphrase, which you really shouldn’t try to pass off as a quote. Maybe it’s a good thing that there isn’t a special place in hell for women who misquote other women.

Second, if Palin feels so strongly about it, then should we all assume that she supported, helped, and voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the primaries or was planning to vote for her in the general election? I mean, after all, Palin is now suggesting with that quote that Democratic women should vote for Palin just because she’s a woman. If she did support Clinton, then I wonder whether John McCain knows about it since he did pick her as the REPUBLICAN v.p. candidate. Would he really choose someone who was narrow-minded and sophomoric enough to support someone simply because they’re both women? And if she didn’t support, help, and vote for Clinton, then isn’t Palin the one going to hell?

Third, why is there a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women? That’s just a little quote that Palin is now trying in desperation to turn into something that she can use as a way to get votes; otherwise, we could argue that women should help other women who are ax murderers running from the law, women should help other women who are trying to use their children as pawns in custody battles, and women should help other women who want to pass legislation that would rip health insurance away from their families. There are angry, misguided, and even sometimes evil people of both sexes out there; are we supposed to always blindly support those who share the X-chromosome if we, ourselves, have an X-chromosome regardless of the person’s intentions? According to Sarah Palin, the answer is ‘yes.’

Fourth, I wonder whether Palin thought that she was being supportive or helpful to Ms. Albright by taking what she’d said and trying to use it as a way to get people to vote for her even if they didn’t think that she was the best candidate but, rather, just because she’s a woman.  Hmmmmm.

Palin, in her usual condescending tone, riled the misguided crowd into a chorus of booing for what reason I just don’t know. Were they booing Albright? Were they booing Palin? Were they booing every woman in America who’s intelligent enough to make up her own mind about a candidate based on that candidate’s integrity, record, and positions on the issues? And is booing a woman really supportive or helpful?

I wonder if there’s a special place in hell for women who try to take a quote by another woman and use it as a way to hide their own inadequacies.