Leaders of Emily's List are holding a press conference in Washington tomorrow to unveil a campaign targeting Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and the candidates she has endorsed.
The group says it wants to counter Palin's appeal to women: "Sarah Palin has predicted a rising tide of mothers and women voters will support her so-called 'Mama Grizzly' candidates," says a just-issued Emily's List press release.
"We call upon women -- and men! -- to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin's reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda."
The results of Palin's endorsements have been mixed. The level of involvement in primary race endorsements Palin has been engaged in is pretty unprecedented. She is in a unique position of having abdicated an executive position so as to get fairly wealthy and to be able to maneuver more independently than an elected official would have been able to do.
Emily's List has been a big player over the years in support of women candidates and in backing progressive issues regarding women's rights. We'll see whether or not taking Palin-endorsed candidates will work for the activist organization. Going up against Palin is bound to bring contributions their way (you can donate here), but wandering into the weirdnesses of dealing with Palin can be vexing, to say the least.
Emily's List usually targets goals earlier on in an election cycle than mid-August. The name Emily's List comes from:
an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast", from the common political saying, "Early money is like yeast, because it helps to raise the dough."
Emily's List may need some fast-rising yeast to keep the faux mama griz from walking away from November feeling like a Sourdough, or maybe not. I'm detecting rising Palin fatigue. Her claim to be the poster girl for the fight against the lower Manhattan Islamic community center begs to be compared to her initial victory in Wasilla, where her campaign claimed her opponent, John Stein was a "secret Jew," and demanded he produce a marriage certificate because he and his wife had different last names. Seldom has an American political figure recently abused references to faith so malevelontly over such a long period of time.