With all the hoopla escalating in the Parliamentary press gallery the past couple of weeks concerning Helena Guergis, I have seen a number of respondents point out that there is a systematic history of left leaning pundits and politicians engaging in deliberate character assassination against Conservative women. Whether it be Rona Ambrose, Lisa Raitt, or now Helena Guergis, is there a pattern here? What are the most outrageous examples of this type of attack? Rosemary Barton's "brilliant" theory on Friday while talking with Don Newman was that female Conservative MPs keep popping up in controversies because "they have a thin talent pool to choose from." Rosie and I disagree.
I should defer my defense of Conservative women to "Climbing Out of the Dark", a female Blogging Tory who wrote two very insightful posts on this subject this week:
Lefty MPs Attack Female Conservative MPs
A Long Tradition of Bullying
As an aside, I do not believe that Sarah Palin is electable as President, and it has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with experience. But I absolutely think the treatment she received from goofs like Bill Maher and 3/4 of the Huffington Post during the last election was insane and unwarranted.