Flip the Script in Politics

United States
October 3, 2008 7:12pm CST
If a man was running for VP and had the exact same experience as Governor Palin, do you think the media would make such a big deal of the lack of experience? I was wondering this. I dont think they would make a really big deal. I think they would give a man a little more slack. What do you think?
7 responses
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I don't think it has anything to do with her being a woman. There was a lot of hubbub about Obama's experience, he's a man. She has less experience (arguably), more hubbub. Palin has a lot of flaws, being a woman isn't one of them.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
4 Oct 08
There was talk of his inexperience, but he wasn't attacked by the media the way Palin has been. Nobody questioned his ability to be a parent and president. Nobody asked him what newspapers he read, nor did they ask him gotcha questions like that Bush Doctrine bit.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
4 Oct 08
i don't think it would matter if he was governor, it seems that the news i doing it's best to beat Palin down, I believe that the news and washington are scared of her. Scared that she will get to looking into some of the going on in both. Also afraid that she might show up the men once she gets to Washington. I do believe she would do her best for the American People. But it seems that the only thing that anyone is interested in is getting a black man elected. I have nothing against his color, but I have ask the same question on here and to everyone who wants to discuss it and not ONE can tell me what makes Obama more ready to go to the whitehouse. This is a man that is a first term senator. And do you really think that he is going to do any of the things he talks about. He does do a good talk but we all know that once they get in it is very hard to get anything done.
• United States
4 Oct 08
Yeah i think that the only thing anyone is interested in is a black president. I still would vote for Obama but not because he is black. I once heard on a radio station that some stated "People are acting like Obama is going to be frying chicken outside the whitehouse when he wins" He was just saying how people think hes just there for the black people when he is there for America. And also people should only vote based on his credentials and what he has done instead of because he is black.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I don't know if really it's a woman thing except it does put her views on abortion more on display and the mother thing where some woman saddly think that you can't be a mother and hold that important of a political office., as for the experience well I think that for what we are facing today her experience is the kind we need. Someone not tied into the washington corruption. Someone average american who's made a difference in the lives of American people. I find her kind of experience refreshing.
• United States
4 Oct 08
I see what you are saying. She is someone sorta fresh but has experienced and she isnt tied into washington corruption. I never thought of it that way. Thanx
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
4 Oct 08
The U.S. media has been biased toward the liberal left for many decades, if not generations, so it is not just that she is a woman that causes their treatment of her.
• United States
4 Oct 08
I know that it is not just because she is a women. Im dont like to pull out the gender card. But I dont think that they would be as harsh to a man with her experience.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I think you are right. As a woman she will be working so much harder to prove herself. It's sad, but, that's just the way it is in the world today and it may never change. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Well the closest comparison would be Dan Quayle in 1988. He was 41 and got the "heartbeat away" crap as well. He was a good punchline for many, but even so he didn't endure the attacks that Palin has. At least when people gave him a hard time it was over REAL issues, not over whether he could be a father and VP. I don't recall anyone clamoring over his tax records either. He wasn't asked what magazines he read nor did anyone attempt to trip him up with questions about Bush's "regulatory history" or other garbage like that. Nobody questioned Bush's ability to be president after choosing him as a running mate either.
• United States
4 Oct 08
I don't think it has much to do with her being a woman, but if we're flipping the script and imagining Palin as a man, could any man have dared to walk out onto the national debate stage blowing kisses at the audience and winking at the camera? Would a guy get by with the 'folksy' 'down-home' by gosh-by-golly jocularity without being called out as a phony? What's the male equivalent of being a hockey mom? Could a guy get any mileage out of talking with the other moms at a kids' soccer game? Gender also works for her.