The old warrior, Sen. John McCain, has picked a trophy veep to add that Viagra touch to the GOP ticket. Sara Palin, 44, governor of Alaska, is a self-described “hockey mom” with five kids. The youngest is a Down’s Syndrome baby, proving her anti-abortion credentials for the hard line right phalanx which has never warmed to McCain.
Palin is young, pretty, and enthusiastic. The former beauty pageant contestant arguably has even less applicable governing experience than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. That is not, however, what I want to argue.
The nomination of Palin by no means proves that the 18 million Democratic primary votes for Sen. Hillary Clinton are irreversible cracks in the glass ceiling. The vice president of the U.S. is second banana. A pretty administrative assistant is the longtime perk of powerful men – not a breakthrough.
If any Hillary supporter is tempted to vote for this ticket on the basis of Palin’s gender, I urge that person to read up on the history of feminism and the double whammy of ageism and sexism for older women. Such a vote is not proof of sisterhood; it only proves that this pandering worked.