“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
William Shakespeare: Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)
The above line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth is spoken by three witches. Three points about the witches are noteworthy: they wreaked havoc; conjured spirits; and manipulated Macbeth to his eternal demise. How many politicians have shared a similar fate as Macbeth? I can think of one in particular that comes to mind however in her unfolding tale of those witches have morphed into evil warlocks.
During a recent interview with Christianity Today magazine, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sat down with journalist Sarah Pulliam and was asked, “Who do you see as the emerging leaders in the Republican Party: Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin?”
NG:Bobby Jindal is certainly brilliant and has a great future. Tim Pawlenty has a great future. There are a lot of people who are terrific. The fact is, I think that you can look at [governor of South Carolina] Mark Sanford, Paul Ryan in the House, [California congressman] Kevin McCarthy, or Eric Cantor [in the House]. I just think we’re likely to have a dramatic resurgence. We have two great candidates in Ohio, John Kasich for governor and Rob Portman for the Senate, who are likely to be very, very effective.
Thank God (no pun intended) that the female interviewer noticed that Newt mentioned not one woman in his list. She asked the former speaker to expand on his answer: “Do you see any women emerging in the GOP leadership?”
NG: I would start, frankly, with Linda Lingle in Hawaii, who was a terrific governor who got re-elected in very difficult circumstances. You have Kay Bailey Hutchinson running for the governorship of Texas. If she wins that, she will automatically be a national figure because she’ll be the governor of the second largest state.
Is it me or are we missing someone? Notice how he started that answer with “frankly”.
It was then in her capacity as a fantastic tenacious journalist that Ms. Pullium stated the obvious. “You didn’t mention Sarah Palin.”
Yes, Newt you didn’t mention Sarah Palin…
NG: Sarah Palin has an obvious role if she wants it. The question for her has to be, are she and her family willing to go through another couple of years of the kind of media coverage that they currently get? Is she willing to do the kind of development of national issues and development of a national profile that would be required? She is a celebrity in her own right. She is probably the most successful figure in the party right now, and she’s a formidable figure. I think to go from there to becoming a national leader would take a significant amount of work.
(Afrocity rolls eyes)
Uh-Oh Sarah get your gun!!! Saddle up the caribou. The warlocks are around the cauldron and tightening their stranglehold on the 2012 GOP primaries. I see ghosts, and RINO tails…smoke and plenty of it. You betcha.
Speaking as someone who remains a loyal supporter of Sarah Palin , there remains for me an open ended question of whether or not her bid for the presidency in 2012 will be sincerely supported by the GOP. Especially, the many elephants and RINOs that pee standing up.
Newt’s carefully crafted responses suggests a continuing pattern of the Republican patriarchy that is dismissive towards Sarah Palin. Newt’s interview in particular presents a more obvious attempt at her marginalization. On its face, Newt’s opinion of Palin has to be taken with a grain of salt- as it is one that comes from a man who has historically questioned the authority of women. He mentions Sarah’s appeal to media as one possible limitation to her bid in 2012. If I were Newt, I would not bring up personal relationships and media scrutiny (cough, cough).
Newt’s recent slight of Palin is not an isolated case. When interviews among other GOP males are examined collectively, their responses towards Palin tells a similar story. Palin’s former presidential running mate John McCain, exhibited a common air of discomfort and unresponsiveness when questioned about Palin’s political future within the Republican party. On one Jay Leno appearance McCain failed to even mention Palin’s name when asked who were the “rising stars” of the GOP.
Such vagueness will only serve as fodder for the mainstream media as surely they will see any answer, especially an omitance as intrinsically negative and connected to Tina Fey constructed stereotypes of Palin.
The election of 2008 proved that we have pitifully, too few outstanding female politicians of either party with the potential to “go all the way. Once we have identified such candidates, we as women collectively must be careful how we allow her to be publicly defined. To paraphrase, we have to speak up fast and loud when the patriarchy attempts to send such women down a path towards failure and political destruction. As the past demonstrates, we did not get mad enough when Hillary and Sarah were demoralized in 2008. Democrat, Independent, Green or Republican makes absolutely zero difference. There are no political boundaries when it comes to sexual discrimination and misogyny.
If Sarah Palin hopes to run for president in 2012, she may do better to assemble a support network that goes beyond SARAH PAC. This network should include her staunch political allies (if there are any and besides Rick Perry (R-TX) Ugh) and possibly any willing PUMAs. Unfortunately, we have not seen much evidence from Palin in this regard.
I would hate to get media tickets to another political tragedy at a woman’s expense.
Autographed Letter Signed,