My friend Mike IMed me this morning, thinking I was giddy with excitement about the disaster of the Palin VP pick. The truth of the matter, though, is that I'm apoplectic.
Leaving aside her incredible lack of experience (and no, being the Chief of the Alaskan National Guard does not count as foreign policy experience, thank you very much), the laughable assertion that Alaska's proximity to Russia gives Palin foreign policy experience (the cold war ended in the 90s, but good try), the fact that she's a creationist, the fact that she was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party as recently as 1994 (the AIP wants to secede, or become an independent territory), the fact that she's basically allowing herself to be used by McCain and the GOP only because she has a vagina... let's forget all about that.
Let us instead meditate on the fact that when she accepted the nomination for VP, she already knew that her daughter was deep into her pregnancy. And let's think about what this means.
Because I'm also leaving aside what I saw on Fox this morning (I know, I know), about how Karl Rove said that McCain had thoroughly vetted Palin, and knew this was happening, and when you think about it, this really puts Palin in the hearts and minds of the American people, who go through this stuff all the time, and that this is the best thing that could have happened to the McCain/Palin ticket.
This means that Palin's GOP values dictated that the daughter carry the baby to full term, and marry the guy who knocked her up. And because she "sticks to her (literal) guns and principles", this is exactly what's happening. I don't necessarily agree with this course of action, but that's not what this little rant is about, either.
The point of this rant is that Palin (a) knew her daugher was pregnant before she accepted the nomination, (b) knew that if she and McCain won the election, she would be moving out of Alaska and, thusly, to Washington, D.C., and (c) knew that her daugher would be due right around Election Day.
What this means is that Palin is basically proving Obama's line in his DNC acceptance speech true: "You are on your own."
This is not about Palin being a woman, or even a Republican - this is about Palin abandoning her teenage daughter during the most trying and difficult period of her life, all for political gain. The daughter can't be on the campaign trail this late in her pregnancy, and is presumably going to stay in Alaska when the baby is born. Alaska is not just a quick drive from Washington, nor is it a quick flight. It's THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. The daughter will be without her immediate family's support. She will be stuck in Alaska with a newborn baby while her brothers, sisters and parents are nowhere in sight.
Is it me, or is that just more than a little fucked up?