“The liberal women I know–and most of the women I seem to know are liberal–loathe Sarah Palin. They don’t merely dislike her, the way one tends to dislike politicians whose views are not one’s own, they actively detest her. When her name comes up–and it is they who tend to bring it up–their complexions take on a slightly purplish tinge, their eyes cross in rage. “Moron” is their most frequently used noun, though “idiot” comes up a fair number of times; “that woman” is yet another choice. A wide variety of adjectives, differing only slightly in their violence, usually precede these epithets.
Liberal men don’t show the same fervent distaste for Governor Palin. They are more likely to say she doesn’t come close to being qualified for the job of vice president and is frightening to contemplate as president. They might add that his choice of Sarah Palin is a serious sign of John McCain’s flawed judgment, or of his political opportunism. The standard phrase “a heartbeat away” may come up. But then they let it go. They don’t take Sarah Palin so personally, so passionately, as their liberal female counterparts do; the element of anger isn’t there.”
Joseph Epstein, The Weekly Standard