Commentary Mag Takes a Stab at Why Jewish Women Hate Palin

The last time I paid much attention to Sarah Palin was in July, when she announced that she would resign as governor of Alaska. Her speech was mesmerizing. Not, as you might hope from a former candidate for vice president of the United States, for the skill of her rhetoric or substance of her ideas, but rather, because it was as odd, disjointed and disorganized as the rest of her media appearances.

Now we have a chance to again consider Ms. Palin, thanks to a new article in Commentary magazine by Jennifer Rubin, titled “Why Jews Hate Palin.” (Tip of the sheitel to Gawker)

Rubin, in her piece, attempts to parse the reasons.

She says:

Palin rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Rubin singles out Jewish women as a category, tossing off our dislike of Palin (as if it were any different than any other woman’s) as being part of that reductive category of female-ness, “emotional:”

Actually, Ms. Rubin, here is why this Jewish woman does not like Palin: She is dumb. How silly of me to want my elected officials to be intelligent and capable of articulating their ideas in ways that make sense.

Rubin asks:

Sadly, Ms. Rubin, it was usually impossible even to get to the issues with Palin because when it came to her responses to simple questions, we heard the howling winds of an empty tundra rather than anything meaningful.

Rubin goes on to again generalize, but this time Jews, and not just Jewish women:

Rubin derides “the successful effort to paint her as a know-nothing lightweight with a stunted vocabulary.” Sorry, Ms. Rubin, the only person holding the paintbrush to her reputation was Palin herself. At least Rubin accurately describes one of Palin’s interviews with Katie Couric, calling it “disastrous.”

Silly us for wanting a vice president who reads.

For more of Palin’s tidbits, check out this website.

Speaking not just for Jewish women but for women on both sides of the political aisle, Ms. Rubin, let me tell you how hungry we are for a female candidate for President or Vice President who is up to the job, and how disappointing it was to see a female vice presidential candidate put forward who was exceedingly well-packaged and well-coiffed, but horrendously incapable of answering the most basic questions.

Was she the best-qualified woman the Republican party could find to put forward? Why don’t you write a piece examining that?

Of course, if your idea of a good time is to spend time with those who like Palin and share Rubin’s idealogical perspective, you can always join her, John Podhoretz and other speakers on Commentary’s upcoming “Conference of Ideas” cruise to Alaska.

Wave hello to Palin for me while you’re there. And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even be able to see Russia!

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