From the Protein Wisdom Pub:
In discussing l’affaire Letterman, the question was asked: Why is Sarah Palin’s family a target for Leftoid attacks?
To be perfectly fair (I hate it when that becomes necessary) Palin’s family is a strong point of her appeal. In fact, one of the main reason the Leftoids have to deal with a stereotyped construct is that their heads threaten to explode if they are ever forced to consider the reality.
Stereotype: Womyn® are good Progressive Democrats.
Reality: Sarah Palin is a Republican.
Stereotype: Only Democrats give power to Womyn®
Reality: Sarah Palin is not just a Governor, she’s Governor of a State where the Governor has real power.
Stereotype: All manly men are part of Teh Patriarchy, dedicated to preventing Womyn® from achievement and deeply resentful of anything resembling a subordinate position.
Reality: Todd Palin is a manly man with a manly occupation; nevertheless he seems quite cheerful and accepting that his wife’s occupation is much higher on the social scale than his.
Stereotype: Good Progressive Womyn® are supposed to abort their babies to prevent career difficulties, especially if they might have medical problems.
Reality: Sarah Palin has several (three?) children, the latest of which has Down’s Syndrome, and seems perfectly capable of handling her duties as Governor despite any child-care difficulties.
Stereotype:Patriarchal manly men don’t participate in child-rearing; they force the Womyn® in their lives to do it all, which is why Progressive Womyn® have to avoid childbearing if possible.
Reality: Todd Palin apparently participates wholeheartedly in child-rearing.
Stereotype: Winger dupes of the Patriarchy are supposed to be disgusted with childbearing out of wedlock, call such girls “sluts” etc., and cast them out.
Reality: Bristol Palin is an unwed mother. The Palin family (all of them, including Todd and the grandparents) has been supportive.
There is more, but you get the idea — the whole Palin family is a direct challenge to the Leftoids’ bigoted (yes, that’s what it is), stereotyped notion of what a family of right-wing God-botherers should be. Just one aspect of that, the legions of Womyn® who left child-bearing off until later and now have psychological problems with it, cannot be borne in any way and must be rejected in toto.
Now, in point of fact, down here among my gap-toothed redneck neighbors, Palin’s family looks a lot more like “us” than anything found within the DC beltway. I know lots of families where the woman makes more money or has a more powerful job than the man; unwed mothers are all around, and they get family and societal support, including from the church(es); men in manly occupations — firefighters, welders, construction, and the like — tend more often than not to have wives who are teachers, managers, or other higher-status jobs.