David Frum, about Sarah Palin:
This is a woman who has got into a position of leadership by sending very powerful sexual signals. And we see that in the way that men like her much more than women do.
I dunno, eh? I’m a woman and I like Sarah Palin. I know many other women who like her, too. Mark Steyn notes that “when I saw her campaign in N.H., I was surrounded by moms with strollers.” I’m not saying men who like Sarah Palin haven’t noticed that she is, not to put too fine a point on it, a woman who’s quite pleasant to look at. But come on. I’m willing to bet there are hundreds of thousands of women, if not millions of women, who think Barack Obama is attractive. Do analysts claim he got into a position of leadership by sending very powerful sexual signals?
Andrea adds: I plan on doing a Palin post soon since I’m in the US of A and seeing quite a lot of book tour coverage. For now I’ll just add that I’m not as convinced as I once was that she is President material. But neither do I feel it necessary to incessantly malign her, as apparently some others do. On a related note, and speaking of American coverage, Frum was on CNN last night, attacked from all sides (something about Fort Hood). He held up well; was certainly the most rational one on an annoying, loudmouth panel.by