The Revolution Was Already Commercialized

Or did Gabriel Sherman forget about Obama and his Gotham-fonted $4 million dollar campaign? Sherman, no stranger to privilege himself, having grown up in Newton, MA, a bedroom community of Boston where the median household income ranges above the $100,00 mark, and who attended the prestigious Middlebury College (tuition for a single year: $54,000.00), has decided to paint Sarah Palin as a money-grubbing brand-builder. On the eve of Goldman Sachs testifying before the Senate, this is smart move for progressives. Paint the lady in a money dress the day before the dollar goes on trial.

It will, of course, have the opposite affect for people like me. I’m still a strong fan of Palin, even as other PUMA-related bloggers have fallen back into the routine of absorbing the progressive noise machine and have turned against her. The tale Sherman tells of Palin’s money woes sounds familiar; those woes are in a similar vein to my own as I’ve faced unemployment in this uncertain economy. I don’t hate her for trying to amass a fortune; I’d like to emulate her. Continue reading

So Much for All of That

Barack Obama was supposed to be the post-boomer, post-partisan, post-protest president. He was supposed to be the only one who could get us past what was characterized as the infantile infighting of the boomer generation, meaning the bickering over Vietnam and what the war meant, identity politics and the backlashes against them, and the creeping technocracy that had differentiated the Greatest Generation from their Boomer offspring. So said Andrew Sullivan in a game-changing article called Goodbye to All of That, published in the Atlantic in December of 2007. His thesis was:

Obama’s candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one. Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us.

Of course, that’s not how things turned out. It’s now 2010, year two of President Obama’s first term as president, and the dynamics Sullivan cited, and which he erroneously and arrogantly attributed to immaturity on the part of baby boomers, have failed to subside. If anything, they’ve gotten worse. Our political discourse has gotten more partisan than ever, and the president has been challenged by the only protest faction to gain traction since Coretta Scott King led apartheid protests in 1980s: the Tea Party movement. Boomers aren’t running the Tea Party either, contrary to conventional wisdom on the left; Generation Xers are driving that train. Apparently, Sullivan is 0 for 3 on his thesis. Continue reading

I Want to Know More

Violence against women is a very serious issue in this country and so I want to be very careful in my discussion of Senator Murray & Speaker Pelosi and the FBI arrests. Violence and threats should not be tolerated, and if these are indeed cases of men threatening these women, then the FBI is at least doing their job for rich, well-connected women. You can still suck it up if you’re poor, of course.

Yesterday the FBI arrested a Washington man for threatening Senator Murray. Today the FBI arrested a California man for threatening Speaker Pelosi. The reason I won’t just take this at face value is that the Democrats are so deep into kabuki theater I can no longer tell when they are telling the truth. They have already shown they are willing to play the race card and the gay card in order to manipulate the media with regard to the opposition. It would not surprise me in the least if this was another case of Democrats crying wolf, and doing a disservice to women by cheapening the very real violence and threats women all over America face everyday.

It’s hard to tell whether these threats are real because the press refuses to offer full quotes from the court documents. Here’s the quote from the Murray incident. Keep in mind that the presence of ellipses (…) means that the quotes are partial and that text has been omitted: Continue reading

UCONN v Stanford TONIGHT!

I am so stoked! The UCONN Huskies women’s basketball team is on a 77-game winning streak and poised to play Stanford tonight. Stanford is the last team they lost to, in the 2008 Final Four. I introduce you to some of the team players and lay out the reasons this game is sooooooooooooooooo important in Tonight, Women Have the Last Word. I’ll either be live-blogging or live-tweeting the game, which begins on ESPN at 8:30 EST.  Please join me as we see if the UCONN Huskies can move ahead in their bid to beat the winningest-streak in college basketball, held by the UCLA men’s team at 88 games. If UCONN wins tonight, they need 10 more games next season to tie the men, eleven to put women in the lead. Check back around tip off time to see where I’ll be.

As you can probably already tell, I am unashamedly rooting for UCONN. Go Huskies! Go Maya! Go Tina!

I’ve Gotta Be Me

Mr. Peacock says that’s my song, and I hate to admit, but dang if he ain’t right. I DO gotta be me. It’s always been that way. Just ask my mom. She’ll tell you stories about the creative, inquisitive, frustratingly hyper ball of blond curls that bounced around her house for 18 years, before I shot off into orbit on my own.

Now I’m staring down 40, and looking forward to it. 255 days to go. Here I’d normally offer you Gore Vidal’s famous quote on women over 40, but that strikes me as a misogynistic load of tripe this morning, so I’ll offer you an amended quote: Women aren’t even allowed to be interesting until they’re 40.

This is what I’m thinking as I sit on the porch here at what my daughter refers to as “The Slytherin Dorms,” and what I call The Borden Homestead. The wind is blowing and the sun is shining. The grass is getting way too tall because of the warmth and wetness, and there is nothing I can do about. The tractor doesn’t get delivered until Wednesday. Did I tell you we bought a tractor? Had to. I’m not push-mowing an entire acre.

As I sit here I can hear the crowd cheer as the local high school begins its softball season. It’s right up the street on this state road where I live. I’m living out the modern American Story right now. I’m recently unemployed and financially insecure (don’t worry; we’re doing okay). I’ve been a metropolitan girl my whole life, but now I live in a town that doesn’t have a single stop light, in a house that Mr. Peacock’s family has owned for 55 years, just down the hill from his parent’s house. They’ve lived in their house for 30 years.

I went to four different schools in the fourth grade. I am completely out of my element. Continue reading