Some of us are suffering from a recently diagnosed mental disorder called Palin fatigue. What to do about this? Well, here's a solution: Go to the Planned Parenthood Web site and make an honorary donation on Palin's behalf. In recognition of your efforts, Planned Parenthood will send her a card letting her know about your generous gift.
For those of you who do not have Palin fatigue -- or for those of you who do, but can't stop reading about her -- a few news stories for you: American Prospect has pointed out that the Troopergate scandal may actually be worse than we thought it was. The McCain team insists public safety officer Walter Monegan wasn't fired for keeping Palin's ex-brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, employed but rather because he and Palin didn't see eye to eye on budget issues. The real deal breaker for Monegan, according to the AP, was in July, when he planned a trip to Washington in hopes of getting funding to support a staff of judges, prosecutors and troopers specifically assigned to handle sexual assault cases. Apparently he was concerned because Alaska has a higher rate of forced rape per capita than any other state. But fie on social reform! Palin was upset because it threatened to interrupt the simultaneous monetary dealings she was involved in with Sen. Ted Stevens.
So Palin allowed rape victims to be charged for their own rape kits and fired Monegan after he made attempts to reduce sexual assault, and today Fox News wants to figure out why some feminists just don't feel the love. In a conversation with news host Greta Van Susteren, Cathy Young of Reason magazine points out: "There are feminist journalists in places like Salon magazine who have written just incredibly nasty things ... I think the reason that she drives them so crazy is that she doesn't fit their stereotype of what a conservative woman is like. She is not the Stepford wife. You know, she is not the demure, man-pleasing, self-effacing woman." Hmm, not sure who you're talking about, Cathy (cough, cough).
Barbra Streisand is pissed too, and if there's one thing you should never do, it's piss off Babs. In a posting on her blog she writes, "As someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!"
On a lighter note, if you were wondering what Sarah Palin was doing during all that time Barack Obama was being a community organizer, treat yourself to an amazing video of a finely coifed Palin reporting on the Iditarod.