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The View's Hasselbeck pushes for Palin, calls wardrobe attacks "deliberately sexist"

TAMPA -- Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got a celebrity boost Sunday when she was introduced by Elizabeth Hasselbeck, co-host on ABC’s women centered talk show, The View.

During her 10-minute introduction, Hasselbeck fired back at her Democratic-leaning co-hosts, who often dominate discussion on the show and cut off comments by the Republican Hasselbeck.

“When I was asked to come here and introduce the governor here, I was, of course, completely honored. And who wouldn’t be?” Hasselbeck said. “But I’ll be honest with you, I was mainly excited about being about to talk for a full five minutes without being interrupted.”

Hasselbeck also took a few shots at the coverage of Palin’s vice presidential wardrobe budget, calling the attacks “deliberately sexist.”

“Instead of the issues ‘they’ are fixated on her wardrobe,” Hasselbeck said to a chorus of boos from the crowd. “Now, with everything going on in the world, it seems a bit odd. But let me tell you this is deliberately sexist. I thought I’d come here and clarify a few things so that ‘they’ might not understand…As you can see Sarah Palin is a woman that knows how to dress…But I’m actually most impressed by her accessories, like the flag pin she wears in honor, in honor of her son and our military men. Now ‘they’ don’t list that accessory in their reports, do they?”

Hasselbeck continued on the same woman-centered theme:

“This woman has a real knack for cleaning. She cleaned house in Alaska. All that corruption went out with the trash…and I promise you that when it gets hot in the kitchen, this woman may be from Alaska, but she can take the heat.”

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Wanda

Sexist is all most media HAVE been about Palin. They resent the fact that she is accomplished, capable, strong enough to buck her own Party even AND she relates to people well instead of talking down to them like Obama. She ralllies the Republicans - and that causes ripples of fear...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tiffany

How are the comments about mops and cleaning and the kitchen heat not sexist? Another example of hypocracy on the "straight talk" express!

Carmen

Hasselbeck is a moron. I'm guessing she really doesn't care about her job at The View? I'd love to hear what she thinks about how Hillary Clinton was treated during the Democratic primary, which was infinitely more sexist and derogatory at times than anything Palin has experienced. Plus, didn't Palin herself say that Clinton was "whining" when Clinton complained about sexism?

I think a more insulting form of sexism is the kind that has people supporting Palin because she's attractive, and then ignoring her detractors' valid reasons for not supporting her and belittling them as just being "jealous" of Palin's good looks. I'm thinking of Pat Buchanon, in particular, who voiced that very sentiment earlier this week on The Rachel Maddow Show.

Palin, while not exactly a moron, isn't ready for the national level. She is unfit for the job, and she may rally the Republican base, but she completely turns off independents and Democrats.

Corntrollio

It's a bit ridiculous when people say this stuff is sexist. Palin faces the same firestorm as McCain, Obama, and Biden, and the only way her campaign and supporters seem to deal with it is to call it sexist because they have nothing substantive to say.

Gail

Hooray for Elisabeth and Sarah. What a bunch of nonsense about the clothes thing? How much did Hillary spend on her wardrobe - what did her makeup artist cost. Lots more - Hillary needed more attention - SO SEXIST IT IS!!!! As a hillary supporter I am appalled that the media did not learn anything! Go Sarah and I hope you win!!!

Alis

Gail, what's up with being a Hillary supporter and switching to Palin? They have totally opposite viewpoints. As a woman and lifelong feminist, I'm insulted that you care so little for real issues. I'd love to see a woman in the White House, but not THIS woman. She may be attractive and able to read a teleprompter but I want more from a candidate than surface qualities. I also want more thinking from voters. Shame on you.

Alis

Gail, what's up with being a Hillary supporter and switching to Palin? They have totally opposite viewpoints. As a woman and lifelong feminist, I'm insulted that you care so little for real issues. I'd love to see a woman in the White House, but not THIS woman. She may be attractive and able to read a teleprompter but I want more from a candidate than surface qualities. I also want more thinking from voters. Shame on you.

Alis

Gail, what's up with being a Hillary supporter and switching to Palin? They have totally opposite viewpoints. As a woman and lifelong feminist, I'm insulted that you care so little for real issues. I'd love to see a woman in the White House, but not THIS woman. She may be attractive and able to read a teleprompter but I want more from a candidate than surface qualities. I also want more thinking from voters. Shame on you.

Anna

I just don't know how people say Palin is ready to lead. There is a little over 600,000 IN the State of Alaska. That make's her ready? Because she wears a flag pin? Maybe because she didn't even know she was wearing a scarf that was Democratic..Wow that is a stretch.

Bonnie

Obama pays his women staffers 17% less than men, McCain's pay is equal. Obama only always mentions men for cabinette positions. McCain identified the female CEO of Ebay for Secretary of the Treasury. Obama always has Michelle walk 1 step behind him. Obama skipped Hillary who had 49% of the primary vote for a man who had less than 1% for V.P. Obama talks of equality for gays, illegal immigrants and blacks, but never women who he PERSONALLY discriminates in pay.

It is so-called feminists that are the enemy of equality for women.

Bonnie

Obama pays his women staffers 17% less than men, McCain's pay is equal. Obama only always mentions men for cabinette positions. McCain identified the female CEO of Ebay for Secretary of the Treasury. Obama always has Michelle walk 1 step behind him. Obama skipped Hillary who had 49% of the primary vote for a man who had less than 1% for V.P. Obama talks of equality for gays, illegal immigrants and blacks, but never women who he PERSONALLY discriminates in pay.

It is so-called feminists that are the enemy of equality for women.

Bonnie

Obama pays his women staffers 17% less than men, McCain's pay is equal. Obama only always mentions men for cabinette positions. McCain identified the female CEO of Ebay for Secretary of the Treasury. Obama always has Michelle walk 1 step behind him. Obama skipped Hillary who had 49% of the primary vote for a man who had less than 1% for V.P. Obama talks of equality for gays, illegal immigrants and blacks, but never women who he PERSONALLY discriminates in pay.

It is so-called feminists that are the enemy of equality for women.

Ellen

Here is another attempt by Sarah Palin to change the subject. Her clothes don't matter. She is inarticulate on the issues. She keeps repeating the same worn out, shallow rhetoric.On the major interviews she tried to answer questions she obviously didn't know. She is not qualified to be VP.

SteveCO

Sexist? You're full of crap. ANYONE - Obama, McCain, Biden - who would've been caught spending Democrat (Repub in McCain's case) donations to the tune of $150,000 on clothes would be treated just as uproariously as Palin got, and deserved.

And, Hasselliar, you should know better: were Republican attacks on John Edwards' $400 haircuts sexist? Don't remember you weighing in on that one.

Don't be setting back the women's movement with your totally off target assessment of what is and isn't sexist.

How many men have mentioned on the air how good looking or "hot" Palin is? Didn't hear one word out of your hypocritical big mouth there, now did we?

SteveCO

[Bonnie lies about how Obama treats his staff.]
"It is so-called feminists that are the enemy of equality for women."

Bonnie, I have to ask: how can you be so badly wrong? Did your husband make you write this? This couldn't have come from a woman that knows about regular beatings of wives by husbands until the '60s, not that there still isn't a problem. But back then, it was a way of life. If it weren't '60s feminists, the great strides that women have made in the marketplace would never have occurred (not that there isn't a LOT more work to do here...).

If it wasn't for feminist Susan B. Anthony, you couldn't even vote, Bonnie.

Now, go read up on what a REAL feminist is, and you may not sound so laughably ignorant the next time you post. Try not to listen to Rush Limbaugh or your husband first. Just read up on it.

Thank you.

SteveCO

Gail:
"How much did Hillary spend on her wardrobe - what did her makeup artist cost."

Way less than Sarah baby! Now, apologize for being such a liar.

Oh, wait; far right wingers never admit they're wrong, and think their lies are fact.

Hey, Gail and the rest of you whiners: Enjoy President Obama.

Karen from Golden, Colorado

I was amused by Bonnie's comments. McCain is a sexist pig. Have you not been paying attention to the Percocet redoux story about Cindy McCain? The reason the story came up again after so many years is that the ex-employee whose diary led to the initial charges against Cindy in the first place finally decided to speak.

See the Washington Post on September 12, "A Tangled Story of Addiction: Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed." Then check out the ex-employee's testimony on YouTube. There's a lot of info, especially on video, on the pitiful manner in which he treats his ex-rodeo-queen heiress. Then just for giggles, Google the manner in which he divorced his ex-wife, Carol McCain. Personally I'm amazed any women would vote for McCain.

Now in regards to Ms. Palin's wardrobe, having her elementary school daughter (or whatever age she is as it's amazing she's not in school) carrying around a Gucci bag says it all. That's just wretched excess. Actually, a bit of white trash as well. I am sure Ms. Palin had some inkling that the clothes were expensive, and if she somehow got them sans price tags, she should have asked. Any moron would have been curious. Oh. That explains it.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck doesn't know the meaning of the word "sexist." It is sexist to dress up Palin like a pageant queen in absurdly expensive outfits that only Cindy McCain could afford. It is sexist to expect us to ignore that it was unequal treatment extended only to a woman, and extended only because she's attractive. Get real, Elizabeth: it's a slap in the face to the people who donated the money. I expect candidates to figure out how to dress themselves, and do it on their own dime.

Karen from Golden, Colorado

I've been thinking more about Bonnie's comments concerning Obama paying women less than men. Bonnie, would you please post your sources so we can decide if what you are claiming is true? Otherwise, like a lot of other issues thrown out in this campaign, for all we know you simply made that up.

Also, your comments about Michelle Obama walking behind her husband? Have you been watching Cindy McCain at these rallies? Or how about the bizarre performance by John McCain at the second debate, where he appeared to be so irritated he almost completely ignored her when she joined him? Watch the end on YouTube--very weird. I felt sorry for Cindy McCain.

Third, Bonnie, I do not want the CEO of E-Bay running anything. If you stop to think about it, this is just a continuation of Bush policies to post industry executives absolutely everywhere, and look at what a mess they have all made. Check out Paulson, for example. The 700 billion he asked for was a totally arbitrary number that his staffers say was chosen simply because it was really big. I am very angry that he's in charge of spending my kid's tax dollars.

By the way, if Palin really wanted to resolve her wardrobe issue, she would start wearing her own clothes. She says she shops in a consignment store. I'd like to see the clothes, please. Why is she not being a little proactive here, or is she just incapable of grasping how she could gracefully and imaginatively put this whole issue down? Remember, no man would have the gall to go along with a borrowed wardrobe and a $10,000 a week makeup artist and hairdresser.

Palin and Hasselbeck claim this issue is totally sexist. Damn straight. Palin is a tool of sexism on the part of the McCain campaign, and she is a willing and enthusiastic participant.

The Republicans are running Palin like it's a political beauty pageant. That IS sexist. Complaining about their absurdly shallow tactics is not.

Kevin

Perhaps if she had been willing (and capable) to discuss "the important things" earlier on her RNC handlers wouldn't have thought it necessary to outfit and accessorize her like some silly frou-frou Barbie doll and peddle her like some cheap brand of substandard soap. With so much lip service paid to the notion of being authentic and real (and yes, "just like us") AND her calumny-tinged query "Who is the REAL Barack Obama?" how can she not feel that she brought this upon herself? People DO feel that they rightfully deserve to know who is the REAL Sarah Palin. I don't want Tito in a hardhat or some slick Madison Avenue image maker to spin a mirage of who will actually be a feeble septuagenarian heartbeat removed from the presidency.
"Just like us?" I don't think so.

Kevin

Perhaps if she had been willing (and capable) to discuss "the important things" earlier on her RNC handlers wouldn't have thought it necessary to outfit and accessorize her like some silly frou-frou Barbie doll and peddle her like some cheap brand of substandard soap. With so much lip service paid to the notion of being authentic and real (and yes, "just like us") AND her calumny-tinged query "Who is the REAL Barack Obama?" how can she not feel that she brought this upon herself? People DO feel that they rightfully deserve to know who is the REAL Sarah Palin. I don't want Tito in a hardhat or some slick Madison Avenue image maker to spin a mirage of who will actually be a feeble septuagenarian heartbeat removed from the presidency.
"Just like us?" I don't think so.

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Don't mess with Palin. She is smart. Its only miracle vision. She is hiding her intelligence.

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