Counseling Barack Obama to lay off Sarah Palin, Dee Dee Myers gets this exactly right:
What Sarah Palin has done, and this is something I like about her, is that she’s a women who has succeeded very much on her own terms. She talks about motherhood as a training ground for leadership; she manages and balances her family and her work in her own way. It’s very hard to see where her family ends and her work begins. I think a lot of women see their lives that way. Not everyone’s going to go out and shoot a moose and put their hair up in a bun and put on their sexy open-toe shoes and go to dinner. … But does everybody have to be lock-step on every issue? Or can somebody who’s outside–in Sarah Palin’s case, very much outside–the traditional feminist agenda still move the ball forward for women? I think the answer is yes. When I hear Pat Buchanan on TV, decrying sexism in the media, you know? This is not all bad. … I don’t know where abortion rights are going to end up in all this, and honestly that concerns me, but I think we need to find a different language to talk about it. I think that there are more women who identify with Sarah Palin than Gloria Steinem right now. Even if they don’t agree with 100 percent of her agenda, her life looks more like their lives.
It’s not rocket science so it’s remarkable no one in the Obama camp seems to understand any of this. Perhaps in the heat of a campaign it’s hard to exercise common sense.