She may not be Hillary, but Sarah Palin is still influential. All eyes are on her as she comes so close to the presidency (I'm working under the assumption that McCain will die in office). And like any political figure, what she says and does carries weight, especially with the young conservative women looking up to her. Which is why I had hoped that with the Newsweek and clothing controversies she would take the opportunity to comment on the issues involved with women and appearance.
Palin had a poignant, if not unique, chance to speak to her conservative audience about their bodies. When Fox News and people like Andrea Tantaros called the Newsweek cover a "slap in the face", Palin had a chance to speak to women about the wrinkles and blemishes that they're supposed to fear. She could have used the phony outrage of Fox as a fuel for a genuine outrage of women tired of having the focus on their faces.
Whether the image was "sexist" or not, Palin could have used the reaction to it to start a dialogue about the validity of the ideas of women somehow paling in comparison to their faces. Does Palin think that "spots" or whatever on her face should overshadow her message as a candidate? Especially as a female candidate?
This article has nothing to do with her viability as a candidate, but with her responsibility as a woman with a voice. A woman with daughters who will grow up and run for office and face the same issues unless more women like Palin, more of "the folks", actually do stop worrying about wrinkles and proudly reject the idea that campaigns should be redirected by women like Tantaros who think that physical "imperfections" transcend the bigger issues a potential Vice-President (and possibly President) must solve.