The faux outrage because Obama called the Palin/McCain ticket a “pig” is backfiring. The GOP, which is stumbling around attempting to play at identity politics, will miss with this one. Obama wasn’t referring the Palin specifically, as will be clear to anyone who watches it.
Americans reject the politics of identity, but more importantly, this ham-handed attempted to stir up the gender pot calls into question Palin’s readiness to lead.
For one thing, if you can’t take stand the heat, get into the kitchen. If she’s going to go toe-to-toe with Putin and Ahmadinejad, she can’t cry foul because someone said something “offensive.” Or gave her a “stern look.”
For another thing, if Palin wants to be treated as a man, then she should campaign as a man would. When you bring your children out with you and use them as campaign props you should expect questions about them and how you are parenting. A man would never walk around with the four month-old in his arms to create a tough dad photo op. That’s why he doesn’t get those questions.
Basically, the GOP wants to have their cake and eat it too. I urge them to keep trying.