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I continue to be amazed at the unvarnished vitriol aimed at Sarah Palin. In Salon today, not a fringe publication, the “popular culture” writer Cintra Wilson launches a demagogic diatribe—complete with Viagra jokes and which uses the f-word—that is so over the top it is past Jupiter. And yes, the temerity of the Palins to have Trig is a focus. Wilson writes:

Sarah Palin is a bit comical, like one of those cutthroat Texas cheerleader stage moms. What her Down syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter unequivocally prove, however, is that her most beloved child is the antiabortion platform that ensures her own political ambitions with the conservative right. The throat she’s so hot to cut is that of all American women.
In other words, SHE DIDN’T ABORT! I HATE HER!

Wilson continues with more of the same class and eloquence:
Sarah Palin and her virtual burqa have me and my friends retching into our handbags. She’s such a power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty, it’s easy to write her off and make fun of her. But in reality I feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism.

She is dangerous. She is not just pro-life, she’s anti-life. She is the suppression of human feeling and instinct. She is a slave to the compromises dictated by her own desire for power and control. Sarah Palin is untethered from her own needs and those of her family, which is in crisis, with a pregnant daughter, a son on the way to Iraq and a special-needs infant.
Gee, from what I can see, Palin is a happy woman with a loving family. And perhaps that is what provoked such rage. This column says a lot about Wilson and nothing about Palin. Poor thing.

Wait: There’s more. Apparently the Democratic Party of South Carolina thinks the same thing (without the f-word). From the story:
South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”
Slimy, slimy, slimy.

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