Not since Diana Have I Seen America So Obsessed with One Woman. Her Story Is Both Epic and Small Time, Heroic and Ordinary, Astonishing and Familiar. Sarah Palin Has the Liberals and Feminists in Her Sights and They're Terrified of Her

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Not since Diana Have I Seen America So Obsessed with One Woman. Her Story Is Both Epic and Small Time, Heroic and Ordinary, Astonishing and Familiar. Sarah Palin Has the Liberals and Feminists in Her Sights and They're Terrified of Her


Byline: Amanda Platell

FEMINISTS like to claim that if women ruled the world, there would be no more wars. Sarah Palin, the woman poised to become the most powerful female politician in the free world, disproves that once and for all.

The gun-toting, Iraq war-supporting Governor of Alaska may decide the next U.S. presidential election.

Here is a politician who won't rule out war with Russia. Here is a mother who waved her soldier son Track off to Iraq on September 11. And here is a campaigner who next week will man the barricades at a public protest against Iran's President Ahmadinejad.

If Palin becomes America's first woman Vice- President, one thing is for sure there will not be an end to war. Nor to the war between two cultures she has already unleashed in her own country.

The pro-life, devoutly Christian, happily married mother-of-five has emerged from the political margins to become the most intriguing and divisive woman in today's America..

She has enraged the Left in general and feminists in particular at every turn. What infuriates them most is her rapid rise to the national stage and her ability, like Ronald Reagan before her, to talk to the people in a language they understand with a fundamentalist message many of them want to hear.

It's all so damned reactionary. Heck, the man she admires most in the world is her husband.

There is something almost evangelical about her desire to give voice to the largely unheard folk of America; the ordinary, hard-working, God-fearing majority. The liberal elite of the East and West coasts despise her, but middle Americans seem to have fallen for Palin as the figurehead of a new kind of politics.

At a recent rally in the swing state of Virginia, she was greeted with crowds chanting 'Sarah, Sarah, Sarah' as though she was a cross between Madonna and the Pope. Kids bunked off school, mums took the day off work just to hear her speak and 23,000 people queued for hours to see her.

If Palin can keep this momentum up, it could take her all the way to the White House. For what started out as a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain has, instead, become a fight between Obama and Palin at least for now..

Yes, she's only running for Vice-President.

But it's her face, her story and her rallies that have given the Republicans a sudden surge in the polls to the stage where they are no longer the unpopular underdogs, but leading most of the polls.

And what no one should forget with only 45 days to go is that it is American women who look likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.

Women are traditionally more likely to vote than men. And recent polls show most women prefer the McCain/Palin ticket by a margin of anything up to 20 per cent.

One explanation is the Hillary factor.

Disgruntled by Obama's rejection of Mrs Clinton, many of Hillary's female supporters, especially the swing voters, are switching to Palin.

Hillary had 10 million women vote for her in the Democratic primaries.

There's a lot to play for and Palin is playing them like a maestro.

Indeed, the Obama camp is so spooked by this shift in the female vote that it has started a frantic campaign to win them back. They've bought wall-to-wall advertising airtime during women's TV programming, with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton herself spearheading the push.

Their problem is that they like many liberal commentators just can't fathom why Palin is so popular.

So how is it that this smalltown gal (some would say redneck woman) has captured the imagination of the American public to the extent that three weeks after being chosen as McCain's running mate, she continues to dominate the national conversation? Everywhere I went in Washington to the hairdressers, to an ice-hockey rink, in restaurants and bars the talk was all about Sarah Palin. …

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