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My very first time on CNN was with Michael Goldfarb. I liked the guy – he seemed like a regular guy. Sadly, now we know just how regular a guy he is.

Yesterday, Politico published a lengthy piece by Jonathan Martin called, “Sarah Palin is wreaking havoc on the campaign trail, GOP sources say.” It’s a pretty normal flow of information, until you get to this:

“There is an enormous volume of requests for Gov. Palin to do all kinds of activities to help the party and individual candidates,” said Michael Goldfarb, an adviser to Palin. “She’s done as many of these events as she possibly can.”

He framed it as a matter of Palin putting her family first.

“People lose sight of the fact that this is a woman with certain responsibilities that other major figures in the Republican Party don’t have — in her case, five kids, one of whom is very young,” Goldfarb said.

I know when I read it I thought, “Aw man – you did not just say that – you did NOT just say that – did you just say that?”

Some of you are probably thinking, “What’d he say! What’d he say!” Here’s what he said:

…this is a woman with certain responsibilities that other major figures in the Republican Party don’t have — in her case, five kids, one of whom is very young.

Thank you, Michael, for highlighting the ultimate double standard that women in politics face: The menz simply are not expected or thought of as having responsibilities to their families. Period. End of story. No debate.

Read the whole story on why what Goldfarb said is the oldest double standard and chauvinist trope in the book here at Women and Politics.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:57 am October 22nd, 2010 in Gender, intolerance, Parenting, Politics, Republicans, Sexism, Women, Youth 

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6 Responses to “Michael Goldfarb, Aide to Palin, Throws Motherhood Under The Bus”

  1. 1 Jay Rowsey on October 22nd, 2010 1:51 pm

    Interesting take on the quote. I think though that impugning conservative women that do talk of putting family first is just as wrong. Women can do it all and have been doing so for a long time. Unfortunately, child rearing is still a role played primarily by women. I don’t think it is right, but it is what it is. When she is out on the campaign trail, liberals are quick to point out that she should be home taking care of her children…what kind of mother is she?

    Too often the worst enemies of women, happen to be women themselves.

  2. 2 Jay Rowsey on October 22nd, 2010 1:54 pm

    I thought that this article was interesting from the Washington Post.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/14/AR2010101404794.html?nav=hcmodule

  3. 3 Jill Miller Zimon on October 22nd, 2010 2:00 pm

    Jay – let’s be 100% clear here – and I do mention it: this excuse was given by Goldfarb. Not by Palin – we do not know what she thinks of what he said. And I don’t speculate on what she thinks about what he said. I am critiquing what he said and that he said it.

    Jay – you write, “When she is out on the campaign trail, liberals are quick to point out that she should be home taking care of her children…what kind of mother is she?”

    This is patently unfair. I stuck to hard issue critiquing – I did not judge her on her parenting decisions. And there are many excellent women journalists and bloggers – liberal and conservative – who stuck to the issues and continue to stick to the issues, never commenting on her parenting choices – never.

    Additionally, there are many conservative bloggers who try to goad left of center women into false debates that I absolute stay away from – it is linkbait.

    So please – while I’m sure you can find blog posts to back up your assertion, we could find blogposts saying heinous things about Kagan and Sotomayor being single women and so on.

    You know my writing you know my track record and it is just not that unique among women political bloggers on the left.

    Additionally, there is the point Vanity Fair raises – the choices Palin has made sends mixed messages re: the publicness of her children’s lives. If she is not drawing the line, it is not reasonable to demand that those reporting on her draw it first. YES – AS A MATTER OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY, I draw the line – regardless of her choices. But at least see the potential hypocrisy going in the different signals that can be seen in the choices made.

  4. 4 Jill Miller Zimon on October 22nd, 2010 2:02 pm

    Jay – thanks – going to read that link now – and here’s one for you that JUST came into my inbox – freaky fate!!

    Ok – can’t figure out why I can’t get the link to look okay!

    Askins and hoping for firsts in Oklahoma gov race

  5. 5 Jill Miller Zimon on October 22nd, 2010 2:10 pm

    Jay – while I can go along with saying that Continetti’s column is interesting, he doesn’t actually debunk myths that have anything to do with facts. The myths are all clearly point of view issues i.e., opinion. None of them are “the sky is not blue” and here’s why that’s a myth.

    For him, I’m sure he disagrees and he is citing all the reasons why he disagrees with those assertions – but I personally would never call any of those assertions “facts” that need to be debunked as myth. And actually, an awful lot of conservatives put forth those opinions, not just left of center folks.

  6. 6 [video] Attention Candidates: Step Away From the Motherhood Maelstrom : Writes Like She Talks on October 28th, 2010 9:18 am

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