Sarah Palin says women are the driving force behind the Tea Party movement
www.nydailynews.com – Hockey mom Sarah Palin turned momentarily feminist on Wednesday, asserting that it is “mostly women” who are the “pink elephant” vanguard of the conservative Tea Party movement.
Speaking at a rally in Minneapolis for Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann – known mainly for railing against President Obama’s fictional “death panels” on the House floor – Palin said she had just recently noticed “this gender thing.”
“Something kind of interesting about some of these Tea Party leaders – we are finding out that most of them are women,” she told a boisterous crowd of 10,000 or so. “Yeah, some surveys show that.”
She then quoted British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in explaining why that “gives us hope for this movement.”
“She used to say, ‘In politics, you want something said – ask a man. You want something done – ask a woman.’”
The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee told a story about getting a stuffed pink elephant – a reference to the GOP’s traditional mascot – and warned liberals in Washington to be on the lookout.
“Someone better tell Washington that that pink elephant is on the move, and 2010 is shaping up to be the year that conservative women get together and help take back this country,” Palin said. “And Michele is leading the stampede!”
But the former Alaska governor then curbed her feminist enthusiasm almost as quickly as she had unleashed it, saying she “was just kidding about this gender thing.”
“Gender is no issue,” she said. “Neither is the color of one’s skin,” she added, without referencing anyone in particular. “That’s not a measuring issue either.”
“It is character, it is what’s inside,” added Palin. “And Michele has this. She has what we need.”
Although Republicans are mostly confident about their chances in November’s mid-term elections, Bachmann is no shoo-in.
She won a second term in 2008 in her Twin Cities district with a meager 46% of the vote, and since then she’s become something of a lightning rod – as loved by conservatives as she is disdained by liberals.
She became a leading critic of Obama’s health care proposals, which yesterday she vowed to try and repeal if re-elected.
“Repeal is what this girl is going to be all about after November,” she told cheering supporters.