Syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg is among several people pointing to the blatant hypocrisy we have written about between the treatment of Sweet Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Governor Sarah Palin. At least people are noticing this and writing about it.
Goldberg says, “when John McCain picked her to be his running mate, the full fury of the liberal establishment — and sizable swaths of the conservative establishment, some of whom dubbed her a “cancer” on the GOP — came down on her with a vengeance usually reserved for Klansmen and pedophiles. Don’t get me wrong: There were valid criticisms to make. But that is quite a different thing than saying all of the criticism was valid or that the intensity and volume of the criticism was warranted.”
I’m not aware of any traditional conservative Americans who came down on Sarah Palin with a vengeance. The so-called “new” conservatives (read: centrist, populist Rodney-King style) may have. However, those in our camp did not. Also, we don’t agree with Goldberg that some of the criticism was valid. We’re not saying Palin is perfect, no one is. But the criticism she faced was ridiculous.
As for Caroline,…
…Goldberg notes: “Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post has devoted two columns in as many weeks to this “fairy tale” scenario in which Kennedy, our “tragic national princess,” is finally rewarded — for her years of quiet dignity, selflessly avoiding scandal and the paparazzi — with the Senate seat that once belonged to her uncle Bobby. What’s astounding about the normally sensible Marcus’ case for “the Cinderella Kennedy” (New York magazine’s phrase) is that she doesn’t really make one, at least not on the merits. Marcus doesn’t even bother. It’s all schoolgirl gushing. The editors of The New York Times, in a more skeptical editorial, summarized her qualifications thusly: “Ms. Kennedy has much going for her. As a public figure, she carries the glamour and poignancy of her family … ” The editors then went on to describe what great liberals her dad and uncles were. That’s it.”
Meanwhile Kathleen Parker writes in the Washington Post that even the question asking if Kennedy is getting better treatment than Palin is “flawed!” No, she is not kidding. Yes, we are flabbergasted too. Here’s how she explains that the two situations are very different:
“Though they both are women, the important distinction is the power differential of the respective offices being sought.”
See? C’mon…it’s okay not to ask Caroline “real” questions, she is ONLY running to be a US Senator. Gosh, how could we have missed that? No offense Kathleen, but that is a pathetic position to take! While I’m glad you are talking about this issue, you miss the boat when you write about Caroline Kennedy:
“Suddenly, after a lifetime shunning publicity — one of her charms — Kennedy is a likely U.S. senator solely on the basis of having decided that she’d like that quite a lot.The question for detractors isn’t so much whether she’s qualified, smart enough or even experienced enough. Respectively, “no,” “yes,” and “it may not matter” are reasonable responses.”
What? Okay, “no” she’s not qualified. Agreed. “Yes” she is smart enough. Hmmmm, not so sure. And “it may not matter” if she is experienced?!! You’re kidding right? Why is it that it may not matter if a liberal is inexperienced, but lefty’s can have a national cow with the help of late night TV when they think a conservative does not have the experience? AND, even that question is silly… SHE DID have the experience!
Chris Kelly is an idiot on the H.R. Huff-n-Stuff Post and he writes about it too. However, this is his pathetic arguement as to why Caroline Schlossberg is more qualified than Sarah Palin:
“One of them has a law degree from Columbia and has co-written two critically acclaimed books about the Bill of Rights, one specifically about the Fourth Amendment. The other has a journalism degree from college in general and had this conversation with Katie Couric:
Couric: Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?
Palin: I do. Yeah, I do.
Couric: (That’s) the cornerstone of Roe v. Wade.
Palin: I do. And I believe that individual states can best handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in an issue like that.
I know that was months ago, but my head still hurts. Palin is fanatically anti-abortion, but she obviously knows less about the legal arguments for and against Roe than she knows about life on other planets. She doesn’t know that the right to privacy implied — but not stated — by the Fourth Amendment is an argument for abortion rights. And beyond that, she doesn’t comprehend that a Constitutional right applies to you whether your mayor thinks it does or not. To understand the Constitution less than that you’d have to be a monkey.
It’s no wonder your head hurts; you’re an idiot. Stop trying to think and maybe your pain will go away. So you like Kennedy because she got a degree from a “preferred” lefty school? Hmmm. And you use Couric to show Palin is not as bright as Schlossberg? Okay, Let’s look at that interview.
Couric asks her about an “inherent” right to privacy. Chris, you seem to agree with palin’s affirmative answer when you state your belief that there is an “implied” right to privacy in the 4th ammendment. So where’s your problem with Palin? Must be after that.
So next, Couric interupts her and says that’s the cornerstone of Roe V. Wade. Palin, still answering the previous question, says “I do” again. Not hard to figure that out. Then, in response to the question (was there a question? I didn’t hear Couric ask one, maybe it was “implied”) about Roe V. Wade, she goes on. It seems quite clear to us that she was saying she believes in a right to privacy for all citizens but disagrees with the US Supreme Court decision using that “implied right” to grant a national “okay” to abortion. Even you point out, that the right to privacy is only an “arguement for” (and not the definitive answer) abortion rights. So, Palin was clear. Is that so complicated to figure out?
You may not agree with that, which is fine. Free country, remember? You obviously think “right to privacy” equalls “right to abortion” and Sarah (and I) disagree. Sarah gives a clear answer that the abortion issue should be left to States to decide and the will of the people in each state should be followed.
However, even you Chris, I thank for at least discussing the issue of the difference in treatment between Caroline Schlossberg and Sarah Palin.
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