Much as I am grateful for any phenomenon that might keep the U.S. Presidency out of the hands of extreme leftists, I can’t help but think that these women have gone completely identity-politics insane.
A presidential election should turn on issues of character and policy. These women know next to nothing about Palin except her sex. One cannot imagine substantial policy overlap between her and Clinton. Yet, it looks like potentially significant numbers of Clinton supporters might jump ship just so they can support a woman!
Budda wept! Why the hell is it so damn important to so many people that the president looks like them? I can only deduce that people see the president as a cultural proxy of sorts, and when the proxy has a position of high status then the people who resemble the proxy in some way do as well. It’s like people who riot when the local sports team wins or who commit suicide when they lose. They actually feel that the fortunes of the team in some way reflect their own.
I worry about the long-term effects of this identity mania. I fear that a few decades down the road, America will blow apart like a cracked centrifuge. People need to stop ego-identifying with politicians and instead treat them like untrustworthy temp hires.
We’d all be happier.