There is a slew of news stories out right now that concern every single American citizen. President Obama is traveling through Asia meeting with world leaders while New York City is about to have the trial of the century dealing with 9/11 terrorists. But if you follow the newswires, the most popular stories concern the new faces of conservatism: Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean. Both have been beaten up a lot lately by Newsweek, MSNBC (and the three people who watch) or the morning shows. What is so interesting about the constant attacks on the two Republican princesses is that this appears to be more personal than policy based. All right, I get it, liberals — you don’t plan to invite Sarah or Carrie to your New Yorker Magazine cocktail party. Of course, I don’t think they really want to go, either.

What motivates these left-of-liberal news personalities to ruin the political and social influence these women have? I believe the more they have tried to downplay these women, the more these women’s careers and influence have grown in the public arena. Why all the negativity, though? Are they scared because these two are against gay marriage? That would mean liberals fear their savior President Obama. Do liberals fear their politics? There are tons of conservative thinkers, but these two are getting the brunt of the attacks. Maybe it’s the strong Christian stance both women take. Of course, the Kennedys have always been linked with Catholicism, and the left has tried to use Jesus as the poster boy for anti-capitalism, so I can only assume these women aren’t being singled out for the religious beliefs they hold dear. Maybe it’s because they refuse to be victims in a society that supposedly has a glass ceiling blocking them, and if the left can’t stand one thing, it is success that disproves their victim-based worldview. Remember, Hillary has played the victim for years, tears and all. For years, the left has tried to convince women that they have no voice in society except within the DNC, but these two have created quite an enigma within the political culture.

Carrie Prejean never wanted to be the spokeswoman for conservative Christianity. She wanted to be Miss U.S.A. Her life plan changed dramatically when Perez Hilton asked her about gay marriage, and overnight she became a Fox News regular and a published author writing about the evils of what conservative writer Jonah Goldberg coined “liberal fascism.” The irony is that Perez Hilton meant for her to become conservative fool, but she continued to rise from the ashes of character assassination attempts coming from Keith Olbermann and ex-boyfriends with naughty videos. Even Larry King decided to see how far he could push her before she took off her microphone and stood her ground. She refuses to bow to those in charge, and that drives the left batty. In an attempt to knock her down through articles and interviews, she only became more popular, defeating this idea that women don’t have a conservative home.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, does want to be a spokeswoman for conservatism, and she’s made that clear time, and time again in her recent interviews. Without even trying to maintain a civil nonpartisan stance, Newsweek stated she’s not wanted in the GOP, or in general for that matter, deciding to do a write-up with the cover featuring her wearing biker shorts and a huge Moose-sized grin on her face. I don’t care if you are liberal, conservative or conspiracy-theory crazy, this degrading pornification of a public figure should have women up in arms. So far, only the Women’s Media Center has spoken out against this blatant attack on Palin’s credibility, but where is NOW or other feminist groups? Oh, that’s right, Sarah Palin doesn’t count on them because the more she succeeds, the less needed those groups are. Victim groups only survive if the members of those groups remain in their bleak version of the status quo. In the end, if the left can’t have victims, then it doesn’t have a voting block anymore.

Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean have arrived, and in the words of Helen Reddy, they are women, and they are roaring. 

paulmoojean@yahoo.com