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Very nice, relaxing weekend.  But enough about that.

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? 
Patience. They will be. This is too big to be ignored and should push the frankly irrelevant story about the daughter's pregnancy off the front pages by tomorrow. The news cycle is just catching up to it.
no man. i don't think it's cool to question a mother's devotion to her children. modern women have a LOT on their plates, and thank goodness modern men are helping out. what happens in a family is between family members, you gotta trust they're in control of their own drama and judge not.

thankfully, we've come a long way to this place where a woman who preaches abstinence is even able to leave her family for her career.

if we wanna talk shit, we can talk about how she thinks that abstinence is the only way to birth control and about how that leads to the belief that EVERYONE should share her opinion. people like this need to get out of my hormonally regulated bedroom already. geez. this being said, she has absolutely not tried to put Alaska through any policy change re: abortion rights.

Lest we get ahead of ourselves, my post would be exactly the same if Palin was a man and not a woman; I'm questioning the judgment of the politician who put their career in front of their family. The fact that she's a woman is - and should be - irrelevant. It's going to be hard enough for Palin as it is, as the mother of 5 (with the baby having special needs, to boot). I think what's going to happen to the daughter is incredibly fucked up - not only being forcibly thrust into the national spotlight, but the actual day-to-day life of being a teenaged mother so far removed from her family.

Of course one would like to trust that the family is strong enough to handle it. But I think the last 8 years have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you can't trust politicians with their own family drama, on either side of the aisle.
I don't think it's one over the other as far as career or family. As someone in the GOP party said when this news broke, life happens. One could criticize any politician (or career driven person) with a young family (including Obama) on the points you make. My point is that we don't really know what goes on at the Palin house, and it's not good to make assumptions.

Of course, I do feel that I'd have issues if my mother were a pro-life conservative. But lots of people probably thought I would grow up with issues after having a divorcee who worked three jobs for a mother... and I (eventually) did pretty well just like lots of other people do.

As for the Spears family... I don't know *what* is going on there. It could be the parents, or It could be more of a (pardon me) white trash Jerry Springer culture that influenced all of the craziness up in there.
The point I was trying to make w/r/t Spears and Bill O'Reilly is that you'd never hear Bill O'Reilly calling Sarah Palin a "pinhead".
ok, for some reason i never even noticed that. and you're right. and it's hilarious.
Two other quick things:

1. Here's what McCain's campaign manager has to say about this election:

"This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

2. For what it's worth, here's what Bill O'Reilly had to say about another notable teenage pregnancy (bottom of page, if you can stomach it).

On the pinhead front, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. The sister of Britney says she is shocked. I bet.

Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves.
I am not a Palin fan either, but are we sure that's what is going to happen? Maybe they are all going to relocate to Washington, who knows? Either way, putting your daughter in the national spotlight during her pregnancy is pretty shitty, no matter where they live.

Here's what you need to remember: God told her to do this, and who are we to question God? Just because God's orders fall directly in line with her personal ambition doesn't make His imperatives any less, well, imperative.

Crazy Christians '08!!
Eh, he's just a punk kid. Exactly what I expected, to be honest. These people may be from Alaska, but it's obvious they are rednecks. It's sort of like Lindsay Lohan's mom got selected as McCain's VP. Between this and her ex brother-in-law scandal, there's no getting around the redneck factor. I think that will become more and more obvious as this campaign wears on.