Letter: With ‘brilliant’ Palin selection, McCain electrifies Republicans

In response to Michael Zink’s “In Palin, proof McCain’s gone soft” (9/11), I must object to both his method and his madness.

In the critique of Sen. McCain and his selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate, Zink leads in with the ridiculous assertion that “there’s nothing complicated about gender politics in America.” He then substantiates his belief that the selection of Gov. Palin is cynical and misogynistic by quoting other Democratic commentators who believe her selection was cynical and misogynistic before finally concluding that McCain has gone soft because he is no longer making bad jokes or publicly arguing with his wife. According to Zink, the McCain campaign has “outthought itself” and has “accidentally advanced the cause of feminism” by playing the age-old game of identity politics.

The only problem with Zink’s argument — beside the fact that his apparent sources are such bastions of objectivity as the Huffington Post — is that the greatest strengths of Gov. Palin’s selection have nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. As a Western governor, a non-denominational Christian and an ardent social conservative, Palin has reawakened the “Rovian base” of the Republican Party while taking out of play a number of gun-toting, Nascar-watching independents who otherwise very well may have cast their votes for Barack Obama.

After the most protracted presidential primary in recent American history, the Republican Party had the insight and the brilliance to bring in a shining new star in the 11th hour; the payoff has been self-evident. With the election less than two months away, John McCain and Barack Obama are in a veritable dead heat — any additional women voters the McCain campaign picks up are purely icing on the cake.

For someone so quick to drop the “M” bomb, Zink is awfully quick to discount the accomplishments and obvious appeal of a politician simply because she is a woman. And as for her experience — well, I hardly think that is a debate that the first-term senator from Illinois would like to have.

Bill Fishel

Calhoun College ’09


  • SY11

    Umm, Zink's article is very clearly a satire in reaction to all of the Democratic commentators that have filled the YDN and MSM recently on the Palin, and I cannot believe that the YDN printed this article. Maybe they wanted to have a good laugh at your expense.

  • JE 10

    You do not recognize satire.

    Clearly you are either an EPE or a WGSS major.

  • TD 09

    Listen children, there is a difference between hyperbole and satire. Did the original article intentionally overstate its arguments? You bet, but that doesn't mean that his point wasn't the same old liberal bunk about Republicans, McCain, and the new electoral map that you all are now shaking in your boots about. God, you liberals always pull that nonsense - you can't trump up your arguments and put them out there only to pull them back as soon as someone summarily takes them apart. Nice try though!

  • SY11

    TD 09, no one summarily took apart Zink's argument. His argument is that McCain is too stupid to demean women. This is obviously a satire.

    Also, why are you summarily describing everyone as liberal. I didn't realize that the criterion deciding liberalism was literacy.

    An article that contains the following lines:

    "Republicans contend that women should stay home and make babies and sandwiches"

    "Democratic commentators from across the political spectrum"

    "And a man who can’t even fire off a good salvo against feminism anymore doesn’t deserve to be our commander in chief"

    is clearly denigrating the arguments that the left is throwing against Palin's appointment. McCain and the republican do not come off so easy though, not just because reality has a liberal bias, but because McCain and the republicans can be just as ridiculous and hypocritical as the democrats.