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Taxpayer-funded Canadian TV columnist: Palin looks like a “porn actress”

This commentator, Heather Mallick, is a columnist at the taxpayer-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC). What she says about Sarah Palin and the people who support her is jaw-dropping.
Her article begins:

I assume John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential partner in a fit of pique because the Republican money men refused to let him have the stuffed male shirt he really wanted. She added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn’t already have sewn up, the white trash vote, the demographic that sullies America’s name inside and outside its borders yet has such a curious appeal for the right.
So why do it?
It’s possible that Republican men, sexual inadequates that they are, really believe that women will vote for a woman just because she’s a woman. I mean, I know men have their secret meetings at which they pledge to do manly things, like being irresponsible with their semen and postponing household repairs with glue and used matches. Guys will be guys, obviously.
Palin was not a sure choice, not even for the stolidly Republican ladies branch of Citizens for a Tackier America….
John Doyle, the cleverest critic in Canada, comes right out and calls Palin an Alaska hillbilly. Damn his eyes, I wish I’d had the wit to come up with it first. It’s safer than “white trash” but I’ll pluck safety out of the nettle danger. Or something.
… Palin has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favoured by this decade’s woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression. Bristol has what is known in Britain as the look of the teen mum, the “pramface.” Husband Todd looks like a roughneck; Track, heading off to Iraq, appears terrified. They claim to be family obsessed while being studiously terrible at parenting. What normal father would want Levi “I’m a f**kin’ redneck” Johnson prodding his daughter?

(You can read it all, if you must, here.)
For more examples of the smear campaign against Palin and her family, please see my article “How Dare She Be a Working-Class Woman!”

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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