The New Feminism

Danielle Bean nails it:

Palin is both widely popular and widely despised for the same reasons. Those of us who recognize, respect, and celebrate the unique God-given strengths of women — as nurturers, as relationship-builders, and as fierce protectors of children and other vulnerable human beings — find an inspiring role model in Sarah Palin. She is a strong woman who finds joy in motherhood and a traditional family life,