it's old news now that sarah palin has resigned from her position as governor of alaska. all around the media and blogosphere, there is plenty of speculation about the real reason for her departure. these range from a hidden scandal yet to emerge from current investigations to the supposition that she wants to be able to spend more time campaigning for the next presidential race.
one of the issues raised was the negative and sometimes pretty nasty media commentary. there was some interesting discussion about this on an abc (american) panel. the one woman amongst five other white dudes response was "i have two words: hilary clinton". she then went on to talk about what hilary and chelsea clinton faced in the 1990s. her line was basically that if ms palin wasn't tough enough to take this kind of nastiness (she did mention that it was not a good thing, but that it was the current reality), then it was best she stay away from the limelight and not seek higher office.
of course, many feminists would rather that we work on changing the culture that savages women politicians with misogynistic putdowns. hence the sarah palin sexism watch at shakesville & also at the hoydens. and we've been pretty clear about that here as well - disagree with her politics as much as you like, but don't attack her just for being a woman. however, all feminists haven't taken that line, and one of the better posts i've read on the subject is here by violet socks at reclusive leftist (hat tip: hoyden about town).
so who knows what's next for sarah palin. even though i totally disagree with most of the policy positions i've seen her advocate, i'd actually like to see her on the republican team. if for nothing else than to watch the most conservative people defend from the kind of misogynistic attacks that they've been quite happy to make themselves.