'Time to Take Back Mama Grizzly'

Women aren't responsible for Palin, Bachmann, Angle, O'Donnell
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2010 12:00 PM CDT
'Time to Take Back Mama Grizzly'
In this 2005 file photo released by Yellowstone National Park, a grizzly bear moves through the brush in the park in Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Yellowstone National Park, James Peaco)

So 2010 was the year of the mama grizzly, and now it's time to get her back from Sarah Palin and Co., writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. For starters, she never belonged in their camp anyway—Gloria Steinem tells Collins that the real mama grizzlies “are famous for their reproductive freedom,” mating later, producing fewer cubs, and the kicker: "If winter is hard or their health is not good or the food supply is uncertain, they re-absorb the embryo into their body.”

"We spent a lot of time during this election season trying to figure out what the campaigns said about women in politics," writes Collins. "It turned out not much." After all the noise, their numbers in Congress will be about the same. And note that two of the most prominent grizzlies (O'Donnell and Angle) lost, while Michele Bachmann's bid for a House leadership post scares even John Boehner. Meanwhile, Palin's reality show debuts, featuring a "really emaciated" looking mama grizzly. "She’s probably working double shifts trying to support her kids, with no help from anybody, and now there’s a TV crew and a bunch of Palins out there in the water, trying to make a profit off her family. Maybe she was on her way to Planned Parenthood. I am grizzly, hear me roar." (More Mama Grizzlies stories.)

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