In using that term, Sarah Palin issued a political call to action directed at the men who rule the Republican Party:

“We didn’t elect you just to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,” Palin said during a rally in front of the Wisconsin statehouse in Madison. “What we need from you, GOP, is to fight.” Pointing to the national champion University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, Palin said the GOP could learn from its resolve and “needs to learn how to fight like a girl.”

But the phrase signaled far more.  Palin acknowledged what those of us who have followed the Tea Party movement have known for a long time:  Women have been the driving force and energy behind the Tea Party movement.

But even more than that, Palin took a phrase usually considered an insult and turned it into a compliment.

In one sentence, Palin did more to advance the cause of women in politics than all the Women’s Studies Ph.D’s in all the universities in this country combined.

Update: Sissy Willis reminds us of the day.  Be sure to watch the video of pre-nominee “drill baby drill” talk. I just paid $68 to fill my car this morning. How much longer until they come out with one of those automobile windmills?

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