That's exactly what I've been wondering throughout this entire thread. I see how Palin especially Willow should be offended, rightly so but all of women? I don't get it and I wish someone had an argument that could at least make me see their side of why they think it's offensive to women.
It's not even the rape/sex with a young girl thing that is the larger issue with me. It's that it's OK to make connotations (or outright statements) that a woman is of loose morals sexually and that somehow makes her less qualified to be a leader. To have the arguments that Hillary's policies would be lesser than Obama's based on the idea that she may be going through menopause, or that Sarah would be more inept at VP than Biden (she couldn't possibly make more gaffes...as many perhaps, but not more! ) because she has small children and - oh horrors! - a vagina and breasts is insulting to all women, IMO. Even the fact that we call the male candidates/politicians by their last names and the females by their less formal first names is indicative of this.
The fact is that Letterman, regardless of how funny you think he is , could even make that joke about Palin's manner of dress or her daughter's sexuality is insulting. Would it be funny if he said that Michelle Obama looks like a lawyer who would screw you in and out of the courtroom? (An example, that's all. No actual commentary on Michelle or her style.) I honestly can't even come up with anything about Sasha and Malia because they are too young, too adorable, and too off limits to even think of an example.