Feature: Right Wing Ramblings

Double-Standard for Conservative Women

Author: Liz Harrison
Published: July 01, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I am a woman, and I have been a conservative for the majority of my adult life. At 18, I registered as a Democrat only because my father threatened to disown me if I didn't. I registered Republican after his death. Morton Downey, Jr. was one of my earliest political heroes, along with Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania (yes, that's Mrs. Kerry's first husband.) I've never been a big fan of big government, labor unions, or limiting personal liberties. That last one gets current social conservatives in a lather over my distaste for their agenda, so they tend to call me a Republican In Name Only (RINO.) I probably don't make many friends or allies on the Right by refusing to ignore blatant stupidity in politics, even if members of the right-wing are guilty of it.

When I saw that Ann Coulter started whining about how women on the right are marginalized by the mainstream media and the left-wing, I just couldn't resist offering my own thoughts on the non-issue. She is pleading the cases of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Both these women are being called "stupid" on a regular basis by the mainstream media and the left-wing, and Coulter thinks this must be an unfair assumption that isn't based in fact.

As someone who has worked various political campaigns over the years, I know what it is like to end up becoming disillusioned with a candidate that I've helped. I know what it's like to be in Frank Bailey's shoes. Of course I am not silly enough to think that Coulter would believe Bailey when it comes to Palin. He just worked with her on a daily basis, and believed very deeply in her until he simply couldn't anymore. The old saying goes, "where there's smoke, there's fire," and while I am unwilling to believe everything Bailey has to say about Palin, I also can't say that he's just an outright liar. Palin has shown that she has "street smarts", but that doesn't make her a highly intelligent woman, no matter how much Coulter might want to claim otherwise.

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Article Author: Liz Harrison

Liz is a mostly-retired veteran political campaign worker, wife, mom, opinionated gal, fiscal conservative, anti-social-conservative, atheist, and foreign affairs/Mid-East politics junkie.

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