I had been thinking the other day that, with Michele Bachmann retiring from Congress and Sarah Palin out of the spotlight, we’d reached the end of a funny era in Republican outreach to women. It’s easy to forget that Palin was initially seen as a way for Republicans to appeal to women, particularly disaffected Hillary voters. Yes, Palmentum quickly descended into starbursts and happy reproductive vigor, but remember….starbursts were, initially at least, good news for Republicans.
If I’m honest with myself I’ll admit that there were exactly two weeks out of the last six years when I was genuinely fearful for the political future of the country: those were the week of the 2008 Republican convention and the week after it, when McCain appeared to be surging in the polls.
Now, I hope that she’ll become the next Senator from Alaska (EDIT: just realized she’d flip the seat so I hope she runs but loses), though I suspect she just has a book to sell.