Sarah Palin and the Mama Grizzlies: Running in High Heels

Jeanne Sager

Jane NortonSarah Palin better watch out -- there's a new Republican using gender politics to get ahead.

And she's getting jabs about her high heels too.

Senate candidate Jane Norton has been relying heavily on genderized comments to encourage voters to pick her over her opponent, Ken Buck, who has the backing of the Tea Party. Yesterday Buck used them too, telling Colorado voters they should pick him "because I don't wear high heels."

Don't think she's borrowing from the Palin playbook? Take a look:

Jane Norton:

At a Republican Party rally in April, her campaign manager said the party "needs somebody to kick Harry Reid in the shins, and Jane is going to do that with her high heels."

Sarah Palin:

Robin Smith of the Tennessee Republican Party once said, "Sarah Palin is essentially Ronald Reagan in heels."

Jane Norton:

Accuses Ken Buck of not being "man enough" to run his own attack ads.

Sarah Palin:

Made mention of running mate John McCain's manliness ("There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death") over President Obama's "healing" the planet ways (read: feel good feminess).

Jane Norton:

Says she's more electable among women, even creating a ringtone for women's cell phones called "Shatter Glass Ceiling."

Sarah Palin:

Said, "There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women." A misquote of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, it was meant to shame women into voting for her.

Think it's all a coincidence? Cue the May appearance by Palin at the Susan B. Anthony List’s fundraising breakfast. She praised her "sisters" in the audience -- including none other than Jane Norton.


Image via Jane Norton for Colorado

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