posted by Silvana
This is your opponent. In case you hadn't noticed, she's a woman. John McCain's party is the party that doesn't give a shit about women. They don't want women to have ownership and control over their bodies, and they don't care whether women get equal pay for equal work. John McCain himself is an inveterate sexist, and it's written all over the way he talks about women, and the way he votes on issues that affect them. Joe, I like you. I like you a lot. But you have to be so exceedingly careful about the way you talk about Sarah Palin, and especially the way you talk to her (you know, in the debate). Because the media will just be waiting to jump on you with accusations of sexism. Much more than they ever gave a shit about calling out sexism when it was directed at Hillary Clinton. Fortunately, Republicans aren't very good at seeing sexism wherever it lurks, so you might catch a break from Fox News. But don't expect it from anyone else.
And because you're old, and you're a white dude, I bet that sexist snark is not absent from your famous attack-dog repertoire. Because you're one of the best attackers there is, and sexism has been part of the tradition for a very long time. Don't do it. Be very, very careful.
But don't go easy on her. McCain has picked her in part because she's a woman, and this is a very smart strategic decision. But they can't be allowed to win over women voters when their party is awful on women's issues. I want you to hammer Sarah Palin on this stuff. If I were you, or if I were a reporter, or anyone who had a loud voice, today I would ask Sarah Palin the question:
If you were elected vice-president, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act came before the Senate once again, and the vote was tied, and you were called upon in your constitutionally-mandated role as tie-breaker, how would you vote? Would you, like me, vote that when women are denied equal pay for equal work, they should get restitution, or would you, like John McCain, vote that a Supreme Court decision making it nearly impossible for them to receive that restitution, should stand?
Don't let her get away with the "I'm a woman, of course I care about women" bullshit. Make her answer for the hypocrisy of her party.
Very Truly Yours,
UPDATE: After posting this, reading comments over at Unfogged, commenter Togolosh gives me a great idea: compare her to President Bush! Score.