Capitol Hill Bureau Chief
On the day after EMILY'S List held a press conference
to declare that Sarah Palin does not speak for all women, Sarah Palin took to her Twitter feed to say that pro-choice groups like EMILY's List don't have a corner on speaking for women either.
"Who hijacked term: "feminist"?" she Tweeted Wednesday. "A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue; it's ironic (& passé)." Bloggers have suggested she meant "gaggle" instead of "cackle."
Palin has been called the "Republican women's Hillary" because of the fervent support she has generated among pro-life conservative women. She has also aggressively promoted female Republican candidates for the 2010 election cycle, but with mixed results. When she endorsed South Carolina's Nikki Haley before that state's Republican primary, she catapulted Haley to the GOP nomination, which she won in a runoff. But next door in Georgia, a Palin endorsement for former secretary of state Karen Handel wasn't enough to secure the nomination for Handel, who lost in a runoff to former congressman Nathan Deal.
In response to Palin's message Wednesday, EMILY's List posted its own Tweet, pointing out that most of the candidates Palin has endorsed this year are men. "Palin responds () on behalf of the sisterhood, but 65.3% of her candidates are men. " EMILY's List endorses only pro-choice, Democratic women.
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