The 'Mama Grizzlies' video and Palin platitudes

Ruth Marcus
Copyright 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010; 5:41 PM

I just got a chance to look at the latest Sarah Palin video, ???Mama Grizzlies,??? and I have to say it is vintage Palin: relentlessly, insultingly unsubstantial. It is one minute and 48 seconds of recycled Palin platitudes. "This year will be remembered as the year when common-sense conservative women get things done for our country," Palin says. "All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for common-sense solutions." Uh, such as? ???These policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America, well, a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids??? futures are saying we don???t like this fundamental transformation and we???re going to do something about it.??? Palin never tells us what fundamental transformation she is talking about, although there are a few hints on the video: women holding posters with sayings such as ???No government-run health care??? and ???Moms against mandates.??? Mostly, though, it???s Palin and the gals -- and this is the insulting part, in which the former Alaska governor purports to speak for her gender. "It seems like it's kind of a mom awakening in the last year and a half, where women are rising up and saying, 'No, we've had enough already,'" she says. "Because moms kinda just know when something's wrong. Here in Alaska, I always think of the mama grizzly bears that rise up on their hind legs when somebody's coming to attack their cubs, to do something adverse toward their cubs.??? Well, I???m a mom. Maybe even a Mama Grizzly -- although I have no idea who or what Palin thinks is trying to do something adverse to my cubs. But I kinda just know when someone???s serious, and when someone???s just spouting off. I keep waiting for Palin to stop doing the latter.

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