Expect to be hearing about this from the tattered remains of the PUMA-sphere — according to a poll by Fox News, 32% of Americans want Palin’s next job to be “homemaker,” with Democrats especially likely to pick that response.
Salon calls sexism, but while they might be right, they’re missing the culprit. The question isn’t why Americans responded to the homemaker choice, but why it was included in the first place. The poll gave only a few principal choices for the question,”What do you think is the best job for Sarah Palin now that she has resigned as governor of Alaska?,” with these results (from the raw data):
Context is everything, and viewed against the other options, it’s clear that “homemaker” is the only real option for those that want Palin out of politics altogether. “College professor” is, let’s face it, implausible, and “Other” is always underselected. The fact that it ranks at all in this poll just proves how poorly the entire damn thing was drafted. A more honest poll might mix in popular private-sector political alternatives, like consulting, to break down exactly how the anti-Palin crowd, like yours truly, sees her, as either a complete incompetent mess, or just someone who doesn’t belong in the spotlight, yet. But Fox wasn’t going for an accurate picture. They were trying to build a story.
The only question now is how quickly this poll gets to Glenn Beck. Maybe by next week Obama will be not just a racist, but a sexist, too!