Rudy Asks: Where Are the Feminist Groups? Republicans Say Media Scared of Palin

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 3, 2008 9:14am

On "Fox and Friends" this morning, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the media has "savaged" Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Giuliani said he was "really angry and I am really upset. … Where are these feminist groups? I mean, she is being asked questions like, ‘Can you be a vice president and a mother?’ But what about Barack Obama — can you be a president and a father? Or John McCain? I was never asked that question, or George Bush or Al Gore. All these men have run, most of them had families — some of them had young children — none of them were ever asked, ‘Can you be a father and can you be president or vice president?’"

The ex-New York Mayor pointed out that this week’s cover of US Weekly, about Palin and her 17-year-old daughter Bristol’s pregnancy, is titled "Babies Lies & Scandal."

Last week’s cover, Giuliani said, was about Michelle Obama, and it was titled "Why Barack Loves Her."

"Anyone that says there isn’t a media bias is living on Mars," Giuliani said. "And anyone that says a woman nominated by the Republican ticket isn’t treated differently is also somewhere in outer space."

Giuliani noted that the attacks are because the Left is afraid.

"This is historic; they realize it is historic," Giuliani said.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board elaborated on that notion today that "What’s really going on here is that the Beltway class can see how popular the Palin pick is with Republicans outside Washington, and especially with middle-class conservatives. As Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention, said Monday, John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin closed the ‘enthusiasm gap’ between the two parties.

"There is nothing more dangerous to entrenched Washington power than a populist conservative who looks unlikely to buy into Washington’s creature comforts. Take a close look at Governor Palin’s record on ethics and energy in Alaska, and it becomes clear what this Beltway outburst is actually about. The irony is that, while Senator Obama is running on change, his acceptance speech made explicit that he’s promising only more power and money for Washington. Sarah Palin’s history of taking on the career politicians of a corrupt Alaskan GOP machine — her own party — shows that she’s the more authentic change agent."

What do you think? Is that what’s "really going on here"?

- jpt

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