Sarah Palin thanks the young girls at her rallies

Predicts one of them will be president someday.

By Rebecca Traister

Published November 13, 2008 11:30PM (EST)

In her speech at the Republican Governors Association conference today in Miami, Sarah Palin thanked people who attended her rallies during the campaign, especially young girls. "I am going to remember all the young girls who came up to me at rallies to see the first woman having the privilege of carrying our party's V.P. nomination," she said, according to the New York Times. "We're going to work harder, we're going to be stronger, we're going to do better and one day, one of them will be the president."

Call me crazy: This is the second time today I've had non-hate-filled feelings about Sarah Palin. I suspect there is truth in this, and it makes me happy.

On Election Day I heard stories of a couple of mothers who took their little girls when they voted for Barack Obama, only to discover that their daughters were apparently stealth PUMAs who still thought they were going to vote for Hillary and no one else. Those were the first and only PUMAs ever to put a giant grin on my face.

I guess, in the spirit of bipartisanship, I feel the same way about the little Republican girls who saw their parents heads explode with excitement at a Palin rally, and will go on to assume that one day they can make people's heads explode on a campaign trail too. Hopefully they'll all become leftist radical gender feminist community organizers, which is what I've decided is definitely going to happen to Piper on her way to the White House, God bless her little future Democratic heart.

But even if they don't, I guess that's OK too. Piper is going to need a Republican opponent, after all.

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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