Whatever you think of Margaret Thatcher and her policies, you can’t think she achieved what she did by anything but playing by the same rules as her male contemporaries. Andrew Sullivan has this to say as to where we have come with Sarah Palin.
Thatcher remains the standard. She was not above using feminine wiles in charming individuals; but in public, in debate, in the Commons, she beat men at their own game, using nothing but knowledge, forensics, expertise, argument and courage.
From Thatcher to Palin is not a slide downwards for conservative women. It’s a free-fall. And McCain did it.