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Time Warner Politics Summit Women and the Election Panel: Let’s Talk About Sarah Palin

Sklar1.JPGHere’s some highlights from our twitter feed from yesterday’s Time Warner Politics Summit panel ‘Women and the 2008 Election: Playing Politics with Gender – Media, Candidates and the Majority Vote’ featuring Karen Tumulty, Rachel Sklar, Carol Jenkins, Andrea Tantaros, Ada Calhoun, Tatsha Robertson, Lisa Witter. You won’t be surprised to hear that Sarah Palin was the primary topic of discussion — at one point Time‘s Karen Tumulty argued that Palin was a more “authentic” feminist role model than Hillary Clinton. Also interesting to note that this panel was held in one of the smaller rooms resulting in a standing room only situation for many of the attendees.

Tumulty: This crisis is trumping everything, almost refreshingly. These people could introduce secret families and no one would care. about 21 hours ago from web

Jenkins: Palin is campaigning at a fifth grade level. But this is the level that much of the country is operating under. about 21 hours ago from web

Sklar: We don’t know what would have happened if Palin had actually been knowledgeable and accomplished. about 21 hours ago from web

Sklar: We need to expand what we know. Instead of trying to fit someone into a box we need to expand the box. about 21 hours ago from web

Jenkins: This is the first time we’ve had to pay attention to women other than our mothers. about 21 hours ago from web

Tumulty: Not sure that Hillary is such a great feminist role model ie marry the Gov?…Plain arguably a more authentic feminist trailblazer. about 22 hours ago from web

Tumulty: Palin got a lot of people to take a first or second look at McCain, but they didn’t necessarily like what they saw. about 22 hours ago from web


Tantaros: Why is Palin inspiring so much rage among women? The most we’ve seen since Hillary came on the scene. about 22 hours ago from web

Tantaros: Hillary’s treatment elicited a lot of rage from conservative women, also. about 22 hours ago from web

Tantaros: What is the definition of feminism? We are having a feminist rebirth right now. Hillary paved the way for Palin. about 22 hours ago from web

Tantaros: I’m single, twenty-something, conservative woman. Easier to be a drag queen in New York City! about 22 hours ago from web

Bob Schieffer contacted Women’s Media Center and said sent them to me for debate. Schieffer: I can’t help that I’m old, white, and male. about 22 hours ago from web

Jenkins: Women missing from positions on air an in media decision-making positions:3% clout…97% of news about country&world come from men. about 22 hours ago from web

Sklar: Norms have ossified into rules and Palin is breaking them. about 22 hours ago from web

Sklar: Image of woman in power undergone a crazy transformation.Hillary _dominated_ debates. Was a grounding, crisis solving force. about 22 hours ago from web

Sklar: Now changed completely with advent of Sarah Palin. Unapologetically hot. Unlike Clinton’s “cleavage” not a big deal.Mother, maverick, hunter. about 22 hours ago from web

Is Palin a cultural phenom, or a political one, or both? about 22 hours ago from web

Calhoun: We started a feature called The Daily Palin. ‘I think a lot of women related to her.’ Also a lot of questions: husband, children. about 22 hours ago from web

Tumulty: Single women are not a swing vote. They vote Dem. The question is will they vote. about 22 hours ago from web

Tumulty: Maxed out mom. Over 45. Worried whether parents can afford meds, children afford college. Husband will lose job. Very conflicted about 22 hours ago from web

Tumulty: The question every election is what do women love? Used to be soccer mom, security mom…this year it is the Walmart mom. about 22 hours ago from web

Women are giving more to campaigns than men. And more to Obama than McCain. about 22 hours ago from web

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