My mind is spinning about this Sarah Palin and daughter story. There are so many issues and questions – did the Gov. display poor judgment when flying at 8 months pregnant with a ruptured amniotic sac? Was she even pregnant at all? If the new baby is her’s, was she irresponsible to return to work only 3 days after his birth? Does her daughter’s pregnancy say anything about her capabilities as a VP? Is any of this our business??
I wish nothing but the best for Gov. Palin and her family. I think children of candidates should be off limits – I know there are things that I have done that I would not want to be attributed to my parent’s decision making abilities. And teenagers have been bringing babies into the world for centuries, and many of us turned out quite good (as I baske in the fact that Barack Obama and I have something in common besides being black and brillant 🙂 .
The only person I think this story truly reflects poorly on is John McCain, and his hasty decision to choose a VP running mate. I don’t believe that Gov. Palin was thoroughly vetted, and it’s Senator McCain’s right not to do so. But the lack of vetting show two things, at least to me. One, McCain bent to the whims of the conservative right by not choosing people he knew well beause of their stands on abortion rights. That decision does not show the independent streak he is so known for. Two, McCain must think women are idiots who will vote for a candidate simply because of the double X’s. I believe that Hillary Clinton supporters (I wasn’t one of them, so please do correct me) wanted to vote for Hillary because she is a woman AND they support her stance on important issues. The fact that Gov. Palin is so far on the right makes it hard for me to believe that this pick is swaying Hillary supporters to the dark side.
But I really started writing this post to respond to this woman’s comment about Bristol’s pregnancy and its effect on Gov. Palin:
“I just thought, poor Sarah,” said Mrs. Kincaid, who has 28 grandchildren and 6 children. “There is always one that knocks the socks off of you and keeps you humble just when you think you’re the greatest mom.”
I think that is just the greatest quote. All you moms of more than one children – beware! One of those suckers is gonna to turn out bad, I tell ya. And just when you thought it was safe to accept the mom of the year award – bla-dow! You just lost your socks.