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11/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Palin Fatigue: Tired of Talking about Sarah

Am I the only one who is sick of hearing about Sarah Palin?

As a general rule, I am not a fan of bible-thumping, moose-hunting, gay-marriage and pro-choice-opposing, tough-question-dodging, maverick-emulating politicians. And I don't love the idea that this particular one could be our next vice president, because she certainly doesn't represent me and my interests.

But must we keep talking about her?

Why is it that the candidate who is the least deserving of attention is getting so much publicity? If we don't like her, then why are we giving her the ultimate gift of continuing to talk about her?

From the perspective of "who am I going to vote for", do I really care whether Trig is her child, versus her daughter's, as some like to posit? Do I really care about the way that she responds to questions about her foreign policy experience, as if we should really expect her to have any more foreign policy experience than any other state governor running for federal office? Do I really care how she proposes to be a good mother to her five (four?) children while working in Washington and traveling the globe as vice president of this country?

How is any of that my business? Maybe it was amusing at first, maybe it made for witty cocktail party conversation. But I'm over it.

Oh, and there's this: Is it really an insult to women that McCain chose a woman with what appear to be grossly inadequate credentials to be his running mate, as some women maintain? Frankly, I am of the opinion that calling it an insult to women is the real insult to women. Tearing Sarah Palin apart for her personal choices, skewering her for the same lack of experience that Bill Clinton had when he ran for president as the governor of Arkansas, mocking her hairstyle, Photoshopping her face onto bikini-clad bodies: this is an insult to women.

Is this how we treat men who run for office? Is this the sort of scrutiny to which male candidates are subject?

So, enough already. Can't we just agree to stick to the real issues?