Palin NOW

I listened to NPR on my way into work this morning. They interviewed one of the higher-ups in NOW (National Organization for Women) about their upcoming endorsement of the Obama/Biden ticket. Apparently it’s unusual for NOW to endorse a candidate in a general election but NOW felt that this election warranted special attention.

The issue that the representation focused on was abortion. With Palin being against abortion of all types (Even in the cases of rape and incest, the rep pointed out somewhat indignantly), NOW obviously does not support her ideas. Am I the only one that finds it odd that an organization defined by the gender of its members doesn’t support the ideas of someone of that gender? You’d think that if an organzation’s defining quality for it’s membership was gender, then one woman’s ideas and ideals would be of equal weight as the next’s, let alone a woman running for VP of the USA.

Additionally, the NOW rep was quick to point out that only 42% of American women and 32% of single American women support Palin, as though that were bad. Doesn’t the current congress have only a 9% approval rating? 42% seems pretty strong in today’s political climate!

  1. Just because someone’s a woman does not mean that all women are going to agree with her. That’s what you’re seeing here.

  2. I don’t expect all women to agree with her. I just find the irony here to be the juicy filling in the center of the story. The National Organization for Women is endorsing the old white man, because he supports killing children; they won’t support the woman running, because she endorses love and nurture for all children, not just the pretty ones and the ones people think they want.

  3. As much as I would love to delve into this conversation, I will let it pass. And instead say that I’m glad to see your blog again – it’s been missing for a while (my bookmark kept coming up as not found). Even though you and I will probably never agree on such political matters. 🙂

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