Some of our international readers may be looking at the news about Sarah Palin and thinking, "OK, I knew Americans were crazy but this is just bizarre." But how unusual is the Palin phenomenon? Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least three other high profile women who are leaders of far right movements and who have (or had) some popular appeal even out the strict confines of their own movements' bases.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Pia Kjaersgaard is the leader of the nationalist, anti-EU, anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, an outgrowth of the older Progress Party which was even more xenophobic and nationalist and of which she was also the leader.
In Australia (and our Aussie readers can add to this I'm sure), there is Diane Teasdale, the leader of the Australia First Party, a similar nationalist, xenophobic party.
And in Italy there was Alessandra Mussolini (Benito's Mussolini's granddaughter) who was a prominant spokesperson for the neo-fascist MSI and is now a member of the European Parliament.
I think the Sarah Palin phenomenon should be seen in this context.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 6:48 AM