Posts Tagged ‘sarah palin’

Reason #32: Because Knowledge of the Issues Matters

October 4, 2008


Reason #33: Winks, Twitches, and Straight Communication from a Real Lady

October 3, 2008

As we all eagerly watched the debate last night, kind of assuming that Sarah Palin would commit some of the blatant blundering she did with Katie Couric (see Reason #34), my husband’s astute commentary on the debate was:

“Did you see how much Palin winked? What the @#$% is wrong with her?

I chuckled at this dear man who takes pride in his knowledge of feminist theory and joined him in irritation over Palin’s demeaning the intelligence of women by relying on her looks and mannerisms to get herself out of answering tough questions. Then, this morning, I found myself thinking about the outright contrast between Palin’s “adorable” comportment and that of another amazing woman often at the center of this election rink: Michelle Obama.

Clifford Geertz, one of the country’s most famous anthropologists, is renowned for his analysis of winks and twitches. While twitches are involuntary bodily acts that communicate nothing (except perhaps the need to switch to a new pair of contact lenses), winks are meant to convey a “we’re together on this” attitude. Winks assume camaraderie. But, guess what?

I’m just not feeling ya, Governor.

Sarah Palin has been winking and skating on thin political ice for five weeks now. Substance is not her strong point.

Where we have seen strong substance in the last week? Actual authentic, substative communication? Right here in Boulder, Colorado from Michelle Obama. And she didn’t even need to rely on eye gestures to get her point across.

She spoke about student debt, community service, and providing education for all. Real stuff. Michelle talked; people listened to words that resonated with their realities. Students smiled, cheered, and pronounced her a “badass” (in the most respectful sense, of course).

Michelle Obama didn’t rely on sexuality and winks. She spoke passionately, clearly, with meaning, and with substance, and that said it all.

–Colleen, mother of three, and not a fan of the wink, Boulder, Colorado

Reason #34: Free Tina Fey!

October 2, 2008

Where to begin?

If you haven’t yet seen Tina Fey‘s brilliant portrayals of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, check these out: (1) her first portrayal of Palin, with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, and (2) her second, of Palin’s interview with Katie Couric.

What’s so hilarious–but also absolutely frightening–about Fey’s redoing of Palin’s interview with Couric is that in parts she uses Palin’s own language verbatim.  Its so incomprehensible and vapid that its funny as satire until you realize that Fey is repeating what Palin actually said (especially the parts about the Wall Street bailout, and the continuing farce about Alaska’s geographic proximity to Russia somehow constituting vicarious foreign policy experience for Palin).  Then its not so much funny as it is horrifying.

Isn’t Palin supposed to be a hockey mom?  Is she confusing slapshots with slapstick?

In today’s New York Times, op-ed columnist Roger Cohen shares that the “actuarial risk … of Sarah Palin becoming president if the Republican ticket wins the election are 1 in 6 or 7. That’s the same odds as your birthday falling on a Wednesday or being delayed on two consecutive flights into Newark airport.

This is not a risk we can take.  So, hockey mothers and thinking people everywhere—you know who you are, you might even be able to name the newspapers you read–say no to McCain/Palin.  Say no to ignorance.

We stand by Tina Fey who in a recent interview spoke directly to the American people: “I want to be done playing this lady November 5.  So if anybody who can help me be done playing this lady November 5, that would be good for me.”

Tina, help is on the way!  Free Tina Fey by voting for Barack Obama on November 4!

–Carole, mother of two who appreciates both slapshots and slapstick, Gunbarrel, Colorado

Why Hockey Moms for Obama?

September 24, 2008

Are you a progressive hockey mother, sister, player, or fan pissed off with how the term “hockey mom” has been co-opted by right-wing, elite Christian, Republicans?

So are we.

Hockey as we know and love it cannot be taken over by Republican politicos. As we see it, Sarah Palin is not your average hockey mom. She does not represent us.

So, as mothers with deep hockey roots, we’re putting on our pads and getting ready to throw some elbows.

We’ve started this blog to seek like-minded women (and men) from around the country who love the sport of hockey, but, more importantly, who won’t stand by and let conservatives associate hockey with everything we stand against politically, including our childrens’ futures.

We make lunches, drive carpools, give baths, follow the great sport of hockey, and when someone like Sarah Palin insults our compassion, intelligence, and politics, we aren’t going to simply dump the puck by icing it, but we’re going to make sure our shots are squarely on net.

Ladies, lace up your skates and grab your (lip)sticks!