Tuesday, September 2, 2008

well look at this!

a friend shared this New York Times article with me earlier today. i had no idea this discussion was going on when i posted earlier today, but i'm so glad it's taking place!

1 comment:

karin said...

You know, I was so glad to read this article. I have had very mixed emotions about Sarah Palin. Mostly, I am a little peeved that the McCain people think I am supposed to be for her because I am a woman. She seems to have done a lot in her short career (this is NOT a statement about how prepared she is for the job of VP), but with all that is going on in her family I think it's irresponsible for her to be running for office right now. Maybe she thinks she won't have a chance later in her life, I don't know. And, I know there are a lot of people who would call my comment sexist, but as a mother I just can't see myself putting my daughter through this kind of public scrutiny and taking time away from my family to campaign, especially when the youngest needs more attention than a typical baby.

I have heard some people say it's not fair to bring her family issues into the campaign, but I think she opened up the discussion when she declared herself a hockey mom who fell into politics. Obama said bringing family members into public scrutiny is off limits, and I agree when it comes to making value judgments on family members. I think this kind of discussion is different. I personally believe she wants her the topic of her family to be a reason people vote for their ticket, because she talked a lot about her family at the announcement rally. I really think Sarah Palin wants her family to be a big part of her campaign. I am interested in what she has to say at the RNC tonight.

I guess what really bothers me about all of this is that the McCain campaign is painting a picture of her as a pro-life working mom with a strong sense of family values, but the fact that she is running for national office at a particularily crucial time for her family brings that into question. I feel badly for her family, especially her daughter because she has kind of gotten drug into this.