The RNC Shows Contempt For Sarah Palin

Perhaps some of you will think I am making an unjustified inference. After all, the RNC did not release a statement attacking Sarah Palin. They merely failed to mention her. But there is no way I can imagine them forgetting about her by accident.

“Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.

“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.”

Susan B. Anthony was also a staunch opponent of abortion. That is why there is an organization of pro-life feminists called “The Susan B. Anthony List.”

This speech was given in 2010 (the rest is below). At the 9:06 mark Palin mentions that she has an afternoon appointment to campaign with and for Nikki Haley.

How odd that the RNC could remember to mention Haley:

Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings—from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

So Palin has so much clout in Republican and conservative circles that she was asked to help Nikki Haley so that Haley could be remembered (as she should be!) while Palin is not even mentioned? As Adrienne Ross points out at, Palin was something of a “trailblazer” who broke ground “and glass ceilings.”

Palin was the first woman ever selected to run on a GOP presidential ticket, as well as the first female governor of Alaska and youngest governor—male or female—of Alaska.

Since her spot on the 2008 ticket, Palin has helped get Republican women elected by making key endorsements that brought both support and finances—women such as Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley, two women the RNC praised in their statement.

So how could it possibly be an accident that Sarah Palin was left out of a statement celebrating the Republican Party and Women’s History Month?

Confession: while I’m an intense admirer of the Palin family, I’m not a follower of Palin’s politics in certain specifics. I’m much more of a Ron-Paul Republican. But if I were the Chairman of the RNC and decided to make a statement for Women’s History Month, I would have given Palin special notice. She has accomplished great things and fought hard against long odds. She has earned a place as a conservative hero.

For the RNC to simply ignore her is enraging. In showing disrespect for Palin they are doing the same to a whole lot of Republican conservatives.