Sarah Palin is a “game changer.” The game she has changed is that played by the more conservative members of the Republican Party — and that is exciting. She is a woman taking the leading role in her family. She is a woman who is the primary bread winner. She is a woman with a large family with small children who is also pursuing a high-powered career. And she is a woman with children who are not perfect when it comes to “biblical sexual values.” And the Republican right loves her. And that is a win for everyone. Sarah Palin has conservatives sounding like feminists, speaking up for women’s rights. She models what a strong woman can look like, standing on her own in what once was a “man’s world.” As the father of two adult daughters, I am grateful to see a strong woman on the Republican ticket. Whether I agree with her politics or not, I believe she has already changed the game in a positive way.
–Adam Hamilton is senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and the author of SEEING GRAY IN A BLACK AND WHITE WORLD: THOUGHTS ON RELIGION, MORALITY, AND POLITICS (Abingdon Press, 2008).