Palin Energizing Women

While some have called Sarah Palin a rock star, others are just glad to have someone in politics that faces the same problems they do.


Susie Baron is a Republican, a mother of two and a home-schooler. She voted for Mike Huckabee in the Ohio primary, but now — because of Sarah Palin — she thinks she is part of something much bigger.

“I wouldn’t even call it a Palin movement, I’d call it a sleeping giant that has been awakened,” Baron, 56, said at a rally here Tuesday. She described its members as a silent majority of women in Middle America who “are raising our families, who work if we have to, but love our country and our families first.”

“And until now, we haven’t had anyone to identify with,” Baron said, adding that traditional feminist groups such as the National Organization for Women do “not represent me.”

Since her rapid transition from obscure Alaska governor to GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin has reenergized the presidential race and also further polarized it, setting her instant fan base, which sees her as a pit bull with lipstick, against those who dismiss her as just another Republican who happens to be a woman and seems intent on rekindling a culture war.

Palin Energizing Women From All Walks of Life – washingtonpost.com.

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