Skip to comments.Who’s Your Mama Grizzly?
Posted on 08/22/2010 10:42:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In 1980, the course of national politics may have turned on one brilliantly framed question: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
Now, with the crucial midterm elections less than three months away, were being asked, in essence, another question one that could resonate through the 2012 presidential campaign: Whos your Mama Grizzly?
Unlike Ronald Reagans classic query, which he offered during his final televised debate with then-President Jimmy Carter a week before the 1980 election, the Mama Grizzly battle is being played out on YouTube, in a sign of the times.
Heres another, perhaps more telling, indication of the state were in: the fight over the meaning of feminism and motherhood and quite possibly the direction of the country may very well revolve around competing conceptions of ursine imagery.
EMILYS List, a liberal group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democrats, posted a video last week called Sarah Palin Doesnt Speak for Me a humorous, but pointed response to the Republican pols June video in which she created something called the Mama Grizzly movement and essentially declared herself the leader.
Palins video has spurred a debate, as silly as it might seem, over what defines a Mama Grizzly. In a somewhat strained interview with fellow Fox News employee Bill OReilly last month, Palin described a Mama Grizzly as someone who is watching what is going on that is adversely affecting our cubs, our children, the future of America. And there are a lot of common-sense, constitutional-conservative women who are willing to put it all on the line and run for office to take this country back.
In the EMILYs List video, women from various walks of life don cheesy bear masks and makeup, joke and mug for the camera and tell why theyre true Mama Grizzlies: Yeah, I attack when my cubs are threatened. But want to know what threatens me? My daughter not having the right to choose.
The EMILYS List video benefits from a clarity of message, which is something that Palins video, with its generic images of women waving signs and its vague odes to motherhood (Moms just kinda know when somethings wrong), lacks.
There are other differences: Palins video is slick, complete with music and a campaign ad feel, while the EMILYS List effort has a homemade look attributes that will play in different ways to different audiences. The liberal group has the advantage of taking a shot at a Palin strategy thats already earned her some mocking.
But the EMILYS List video, perhaps more than anything, shows the enduring power, presence and influence of Palin nearly two years after John McCain tapped her to become the GOPs first woman vice presidential candidate.
Like her hero, Reagan, Palin is framing the debate. And shes doing so by using the Internet more effectively than any politician since Barack Obama, while largely avoiding any direct contact with the press and carefully controlling her message.
But the EMILY Lists campaign might have annoyed Palin enough for her to tweet an apparent response last week, earning her some new jibes for her increasingly creative verbiage: Who hijacked term:"feminist"? A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue; it's ironic (& passé)
In the end, this battle may be as much about winning hits as it is winning hearts. Palins Mama Grizzlies video has attracted about 450,000 views in two months, compared to more than 186,000 in a week for EMILYS List.
EMILYS List is extending the Net turf battle by starting a website with a says-it-all URL www.sarahdoesntspeakforme.com that solicits pledges to vote in November and seeks stories, pictures and videos of Americans speaking out against Sarah Palin and her allies or (describing) why voting in November is so important to you.
Meanwhile, check out the dueling Mama Grizzly videos below if you think you can bear it:
(VIDEOS AT LINK)
I’ve seen the Emily’s List video; it’s pathetically silly. And hypocritical. Mama grizzlies don’t deliberately kill their cubs, but papa grizzlies do, which is why many women going for abortions are either accompanied and/or funded by their sperm donors. It’s a man’s world when it comes to abortion.
I did watch both. The Emily “Grizzlies” were more like Yogi Bear, stealing Mr. Ranger’s picnic baskets, begging for handouts and defending their “rights” to those handouts. While Palin isn’t my first choice for 2012, she’s certainly more likeable and capable than these whining little mangy teddy bears.
You’re saying that an abortion is always the father’s fault? Really?!
That's because an Emily's List mom is worried her crackhead 14yo daughter won't take birth control so she'll get knocked up and thus saddle 29yo Gramma with taking care of crackhead's crumb cruncher.
THAT'S WHY an Emily's List Mom is threatened when her daughter doesn't have a right to choose.
Jibes for her creative verbiage? Someone tell this person there is such a thing as a ‘cackle’. Sarah wasn’t making it up. And she was spot on with the zing.
No, that’s not what I said. I said many, not all, women. It is much more to the man’s advantage to get rid of children he doesn’t want; women face all the physical and psychological risks of going against a natural woman’s instinct to protect her children. Certainly plenty of women are at fault all by themselves or because of female relatives/friends who urge them to abort, but men are, generally speaking, the major benefactors of abortions.
If it weren’t an advantage to men, our male-dominated legislature would never have passed laws allowing babies to be killed in the womb.
An outstanding example of cognitive dissonance,
Aside from that it was about the worst advocacy ad ever done.
Okay. I didn’t like the snarky reference to the number of times the Emily’s list has been watched compared to Sarah’s, so come on everybody let’s watch Sarah’s ad every day and run those numbers up.
We’re on the same page! That’s why I only posted the link to Sarah’s video. I’ve bookmarked this thread, so I will hopefully remember to give it more hits.
I might include the link with some of the Sarah List pings!