I still haven’t ascertained who coined the nickname Caribou Barbie for Sarah Palin, but it’s spreading through the cyberworld like wildfire. Already on Sept. 3 Wonkette was using the term as though it was nothing new, though I haven’t found any earlier occurrences. The name is actually quite clever. Sexist and demeaning, but clever.
Barbie isn’t the only B-word Palin is being called, of course. In many ways we are living in a feminist world, but it seems no woman of either political persuasion can have any sort of success without being called a bitch — in Palin’s case, a crazy, dangerous bitch.
Bluegrassroots.org kills two political birds (no pun intended) with one stone, by observing that since the GOP
couldn’t have a “castrating bitch” to run against, they chose a “castrating bitch” to run with.
Wondering how many other people were calling Palin a bitch (calling Hillary a bitch is already a tired cliche), I did a quick search for “Sarah Palin bitch” and found the following sourceless slur on Democratic Underground:
“So Sambo beat the bitch!”
This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.
Let’s unpack this a little. A waitress who wants to remain anonymous said that Palin said this to five or six anonymous people in an unnamed restaurant. No names, no dates, no sources. The post links to an article by Charley James in Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive called “Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean””
The article cites only one source by name, Anne Kilkenny, but Kilkenny speaks only about Palin’s public policy record, and says nothing about racial slurs. It’s only nameless “Alaskans interviewed for this article” who can testify to Palin’s racism and cruelty:
According to Alaskans interviewed for this article, she is also vindictive and mean. We’re talking Rove mean and Nixon vindictive.
As opposed to “LA Progressive mean” and “Democratic Underground vindictive,” I guess.
I had never heard of Charley James or Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive before. The “About Us” page on the site says that
Dick and Sharon are a married couple that got fed up with the status quo. Fed up with the do nothing politicians, the say nothing media, and the unengaged populace. Together they edit and publish the LA Progressive Ezine (electronic magazine) and distribute its weekly e-news.
I have no idea what the circulation of their e-zine is, or what journalistic credentials Charley James may (or, more likely, may not) have. I only know that when Mr. James posted an exerpt and link to his scurrilous and unsubstantiated story on Democratic Underground, the post got hundreds of recommendations and hundreds of replies, all, from what I could see, accepting it unreservedly as true. One outraged Undergrounder opined,
she’s perfect for the republican party. My personal thoughts are that the republicans should be removed form our society and given their own ocuntry [sic]……..maybe Florida across to AZ, call it their reservation, or jesus land.
To which another person (who unlike Nixon, Rove and Palin isn’t at all mean or vindictive) replied:
I’ve often had that same thought. give ’em their own country. Fence off the borders so they can’t get out. Then let them go to it. And I’ve often wondered what that country would turn into after five or ten years. Afghanistan under the Taliban? Germany under Hitler? A huge Jim Jones cult?
Whatever it was, it probably wouldn’t be pretty.
I’ll bet one of the first things they’d have to deal with would be what to do with unwanted infants. No birth control allowed. No abortion. They’d be overrun with babies, and I can bet that out and out infanticide would be the first order of business.
After that, things would really get nasty. Maybe they would end up destroying themselves totally…
one can only dream…sigh….
And Sarah Palin is the one who is vindictive and mean.