03 September 2008
Judge not lest...
Citizen Une provided me with a shocking view of Governor Palin's nomination to the republican VP ticket. She stated that Governor Palin should not run for office due to the condition of her eldest child. She considered it irresponsible and negligent - presumably from a strictly maternal perspective. We dove into a slightly longer discussion about qualifications - which she seems to view as light. I was surprised. To me this seemed like a double standard. Clearly, Governor Palin has been embarked on a busy political life for some time. She has raised five children, including a special needs child, and managed her family (along with her husband - notoriously left out of any commentary) during a very busy life in a demanding climate.
I do not agree with her religious view. To classify myself as irreligious would be an understatement. I dislike any teaching of creationism / intelligent design as anything but philosophy. There is no controversy in my mind on this topic. Furthermore, I believe that the courts have settled well the issue of abortion. I am firmly on the pro-choice side of the argument. Having set myself against Governor Palin, I find many of her free market and anti-corruption stances more appealing. These are roles which I expect from a Vice President. Ever since Al Gore opened the door to a more activist VP role, we have seen the importance of this position grow. I believe her experience is at least on par with Senator Obama's and her outlook and lack of Washington taint is probably appealing to Senator McCain.
I note, with some despair, that the more zealous supporters of Senator Obama have attacked Governor Palin on every level (from being a political neophyte to simply being a woman). What is equally disappointing is that these detractors can not see the irony and hypocrisy in their assaults on this person. I don't know if I would have placed myself into the contention for the Vice Presidency given the family situation which Governor Palin finds herself. However, I expect she considered it carefully and is relying upon the counsel and support of her husband and family. Her daughter, months away from "adulthood" has exercised bad judgment. Starting a family so early in life presents challenges which are well understood. I am certain that Governor Palin and her husband are wrestling with all the emotions related to such a circumstance.
However, her decision to continue on this path is hers to make. Just as John Edwards decided to continue his campaign when his wife was diagnosed with cancer, a tough call, but theirs alone.
In a previous post (March) I predicted the race would be a Romney - Clinton match up. Whooo! Wrongville. I do recall discussing Governor Palin as a one of my preferred VP options, but can not find the comment on the blog.