Sarah Palin made strong points in an interview today on The Today Show, speaking with Matt Lauer about several sexist pot shots David Letterman made this week against her and her daughters. She was certainly on the offensive, saying:

  • Comments such as Letterman’s add to the low self-esteem of teens in daughter Bristol’s precarious situation – young, unmarried, pregnant.
  • Comments such as Letterman’s add to the allure of adult male sexual predators preying on young girls, no matter whether he was speaking of her 18- or 14-year-old.
  • Comments such as Letterman’s again demonstrate the political double standard of making families of conservatives, particularly women, the brunt of misogynist jokes.
  • Palin refused to back away from her spokesperson’s statement rejecting Letterman’s offer to appear on his show, as “it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman,” Willow being Palin’s 14-year-old. She refused to accept that Letterman was taking jabs at 18-year-old Bristol, not Willow, as he has since stated.
    Palin also gave a great laugh line in response to Letterman’s “slutty flight attendant” line: “My first thought was, hey, don’t disparage flight attendants! They work hard, we love ’em….”

    This is an interesting development in the Palin saga.
    The National Organization for Women made a strong statement against Letterman, as I posted yesterday. As moderator Chris cynically pointed out in a comment, NOW’s defense of Palin comes only after she is no longer a threat to their male presidential candidate. But still, there it is, sure to have a chilling effect on cheap shots taken against Palin and her family. NOW’s statement certainly stupifies the defense of Letterman by other liberals.
    And Palin is on the offensive on this one. She was great on The Today Show, reminding all why she remains a political force to be reckoned with. She saw a wedge here and is capitalizing on it.
    Michelle Malkin also made some good points on Fox & Friends:

    [HT: Drudge]

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