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The Perfect "Soccer Mom--V.P."? Palins Say Teen Daughter Is Pregnant


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Brenda
- 2191 days ago - adn.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Sarah Palin said today that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant.Palin, who arrived in St. Paul today to accept the Republican nomination for vice president, sent out a joint statement with her husband, Todd.



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Peace P. (4)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:02 am
Obama for America

The Truth about Mccain
The Truth about Palin
 

Frank H. (478)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:47 am
Actually, she was a Hockey Mom. And her record of experience and achievement dwarfs that of B. Hussein Obama.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 1, 2008, 12:21 pm
She neglected her 17yr old daughter to run for Governor and now she is pregnant. She is now neglecting her other children to run for VP of the US which means her children aren't getting the mothering and/or the parental supervision they all need. There's no way that a "special needs child" would get what he needs on the McCain campaign trail with his mother bloviating all over the country.
 

Laurie Cares Wolfe (335)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:26 pm
I believe it's not our job to judge
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:27 pm
Palin or Biden poll
http://www.gop.mfbiz.com/#/newpalinbidenpoll/4530692820



Gallup Daily: Obama-Biden Ticket Leads by 6 Points
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc_list.html?gpp=2099



RCP Nat'l Average: Obama +4.5% / RCP Electoral Count: Obama +43 EVs

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:30 pm
Show me the mother ... I'll show you the child



Palin's 2006 AK governor questionnaire:

Question:"Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?"

Palin's response: "Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support"



Link here: http://eagleforumalaska.blogspot.com/2006/07/2006-gubernatorial-candidate.html

Palin also states that she's supportive of "under God" in our pledge of allegiance because if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for her. Sweet Jeebus...someone give her a history lesson and tell her those words were inserted during the Eisenhower administration.
 

Brenda H. (29)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:39 pm
FRANK--YOUR COMMENT: You have absolutely zero facts about that.

FRANK: The good mothering Michelle Obama would give is to take her daughter to get an abortion. She would kill her own grandchild, even using Partial Birth Abortion of necessary.

YOU MUST BE LIVING IN A FANTASY WORLD: You have absolutely zero facts about that.
 

Brenda H. (29)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:41 pm
PALIN'S 17 YR. OLD DAUGHTER "IS PREGNANT" AS STATED BY "MOM"!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:45 pm
If Chri$tiani$ti$ want to teach creationi$m ... they must value education ... or NOT...

Show me the mother ... I'll show you the child



Palin's 2006 AK governor questionnaire:

Question:"Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?"

Palin's response: "Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support"



Link here: http://eagleforumalaska.blogspot.com/2006/07/2006-gubernatorial-candidate.html

Palin also states that she's supportive of "under God" in our pledge of allegiance because if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for her. Sweet Jeebus...someone give her a history lesson and tell her those words were inserted during the Eisenhower administration.

 

Brenda H. (29)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:49 pm
Activities: beach, swimming, walks in the rain, church, family, volunteering, theater, Basketball - Watching, Dance, cycling, Reading, Raquetball, Prayer, People Watching, Listening to Music, Museums, Movie watching, Water Polo (but my horse drowned)
more about Frank H. »

I DON'T FIND THIS AMUSING AS YOU APPARENTLY DO: Water Polo (but my horse drowned)
 

Joycey B. (750)
Monday September 1, 2008, 7:31 pm
Noted. Thanks Brenda.
 

Eric Angeletti (501)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:00 pm
When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.
-- Dresden James
 

Eric Angeletti (501)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:23 pm
I get sad when it seems that so many people are so concerned about the Presidential candidates that they get side tracked from all the trickle down graft and the kick backs and corporate corruption that goes on within the rest of the government --- what ever happened to the congressional term limits that where being considered back in the late 80s?

For my take on this I borrow from a song; same subject matter two verses about the same type of man one young the other old

Obama

“And after a while, you can work on points for style.
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,
So that when they turn their backs on you,
You'll get the chance to put the knife in.”


McCain

“You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder.
You know it's going to get harder, and harder, and harder as you
get older.
And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south,
Hide your head in the sand,
Just another sad old man,
All alone and dying of cancer.”

Maybe I am just too cynical.

-Oh well health and peace to you all!
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:32 pm
Oh, I'm so jealous! That is just the picture I was looking for!
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:39 pm
Frank, too bad Trig's parents weren't kind enough to quit making babies after 40. Didn't THEY know the best way to prevent having a down syndrome baby is to not have sex?

Wait, you said you support REAL birth control. When you're old, like Sarah, and you know that you're at risk for having a disabled baby because of your advanced years, isn't it prudent to do SOMETHING to prevent it from happening. That way the question of whether to abort never needs to come up. But maybe Sarah wanted to have a down syndrome baby even before it was conceived. That would be pretty sick and cruel.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 12:28 am
Brenda, thank you for pointing out Frank's need of spreading his tall tales about the Obama family. A very respected and loving family. Yet he can only see one thing.

Sad so very sad Frank.
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 1:02 am
"I believe it's not our job to judge."

Good for you, Laurie.
Don't vote.
 

Dolores H. (2)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 3:46 am
My heart truly goes out to Bristol, and we should stop attacking her. She has the support of her family, and they have embraced the situation with open arms.

That said, Palin would make a lousy VP. Her credentials are limited, and shaky at best. I have a hard time believing that the McCain camp really did a thorough background check. And if they did, and chose her anyway, then shame on them. They do not have any respect for the office of the VP.
 

(4)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 5:30 am
Noted. An outsider looking in. Don't fight with each other. Just vote for who you think is right for your Country. For the good of ALL your country. People, animals, your land. Have Peace not war between each other.
 

Sheila G. (267)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 7:30 am
I feel so bad for that child, having a baby! something is most always missing when a girl looks elsewhere for love and validation. one thing has always seemed to count with the voters, if you can't properly run your home, how can you take responsibility for the country? I know a girl can come from the best, most loving family and still get pregnant, but most young ones I have met just needed some proper attention at home.
so sad for her, she is too young! I wonder how much attention the baby will get.
:(
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 7:32 am
First off, I do not blame Palin's daughter. She is a teenager and they do make mistakes. This is tragic that some one so young should become pregnant. Being a mom is a hard job especially for some one so young.

Palin does not believe in birth control so teaching her daughter about it was for sure not on her list of things to do.

Her daughter's boyfriend said on his myspace: ""I'm a ****ing redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.
"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some **** and just ****ing chillin' I guess.
"Ya **** with me I'll kick ass." It also says he don't want kids.


Oh well, I guess things change huh, especially since they have to get married now.

Why haven't they gotten married already?? She's five months pregnant. It probably was not even considered before.

Sounds like a "nice" guy.

 

Dale Husband (126)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 7:54 am
Even if the girl and boy get married, it is unlikely that the marriage will last long. Most teen marriages don't.
Frank H, why are you so obsessed about abortion? If you care so much about human life, don't support unjustified wars like that in Iraq or the death penalty for anything. Otherwise, you contradict yourself.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:08 am
The reason so many people would be preoccupied with something like this is because Sarah Palin is a "Christian" woman, Who wants to raise a Christian family. It seems she has failed here because abstinence is what they teach their children. Where else will she fail when it comes to upholding those good Christian/conservative values??? It's ok for them to makes "mistakes" but not democrats.

If this were a democrat family, the republicans would be all over it, as if they have NO family values for having allowed their child get pregnant and can not control their family.

If something like this from their personal life is off limits then situations like Edwards affair should be off limits to. It's his personal life and the affair should not have ended his career.

Republicans/conservatives are such horrid, horrid hypocrites when it comes to people's personal lives, (Unless it has to do with their lives) until it just is not funny at all.

In interviews people were all talking about how much support the girl will have etc and that her being pregnant is ok, she will be marrying the father etc etc blah blah blah. As if THAT makes it right.

But it's not okay. It represents teen pregnancy problem in America and how comprehensive sex education SHOULD be taught to hormonal young people. Young people who are 16, 17, 18 are about to enter the "real world" learn skills in school so they can enter the college or the work force as young ADULTS!! Adults who will be making choices about SEX!!!!! Some end up making horrible mistakes that could be prevented with proper education. Sex education should not only be taught by parents at home but in schools as well.

This kind of stuff makes me angry because there is ALWAYS this big huge double standard for republicans. It's not ok for every one else but when it is in their family, leave it alone.
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:22 am
Standing up clapping. Thank you, Jodi!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:27 am
Shut Up FRANK!!!

How many children have been murdered during the war??? How many get their limbs blown off, or are raped and brutalized because of war??? How many??? How many children are starving to death because of war torn countries can not get food??? Howe many children are being prostituted because of war????

TOO MANY TO COUNT!!!!!! So shut up!!!!!!

Abortion is a reproductive health issue. Not something you have to worry about. Abortion is NO ONE'S BUSINESS but the woman and her doctor.

You or any one else including that conservative nut Palin does not have the right to tell me what I can and can not do with my body. It's none of your business. There are people out there who sometimes feel they have to make a really hard decision about wether to keep the pregnancy or not. It's not something people choose lightly. It is not some form of birth control either.

If abortion were banned you can bet those rich conservatives will go to other countries to get their abortions. Leaving a lot of people in poverty or middle class with out a solution to their reproductive health issues.
1 in 4 abortions are done on women who consider themselves to be "Christian" usually because they don't want to face the "shame" of being unwed and pregnant.
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:54 am
Well said Jodi! Bravo!!!
Frank H. is obviously delusional and a hypocrite as well: he is against women, animals, and the environment, just like that destructive Palin! His "brilliant" points really waste intelligent people's times...
 

Susan L. (118)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 9:27 am
Did any of you stop to think that Bristol may have waited until it was too late to have an easy abortion to tell her parents? OPEN your eyes and look around. it isn't uncommon to find a 17 year old pregnant and in high school these days. It doesn't matter what they are taught, it happens. I should think Bristol whould be getting some sympathy with all of knowing how her life is going to be an open book with no privacy from now on. At least she has her family's support. How many 17 year olds are pregnant and don't have their family's support?

Don't be a hypocrite, it happens even in the best homes with best moms. I for one cannot condemn Sara Palin as a "bad" mom because her daughter got pregnant. I cannot say Michelle Obama is a "good" mom. I don't have the facts. What looks good on TV in front of the cameras is one thing. What goes on at home is another. Also, you can't compare because of the age differences of the children.

I feel sorry for Bristol Palin and agree that even if the youngsters get married, it may not last as most don't. I'm glad she has the support of her family.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 9:31 am
...PALIN JUST CLENCHED FOR OBAMA HIS PRESIDENCY. NOT BECAUSE OF PREGNANT TEEN, BECAUSE OF HER CRIMES TOWARDS THE ALASKAN WOLF.

PS MY LETTERS TO PALIN AND MCCAIN HAVE BEEN SENT REGARDING THE CRIMES AGAINST THE ALASKAN WOLVES.
 

Judy H. (5)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 9:40 am
Jodi S.B. You are so right in your comments. Keep it up girl. Did anyone here know that Sarah P. stopped sex education classes in her schools and voted for abstinance. Guess didn't that worked well in her family, did it. But I do really believe that what happens in the individuals families shouldn't be broadcasted all over the news. It should be kept in the family. NOW, what's going on in Alaska where she fired a statesman (sorry, can't think of who it was right at the moment) because he didn't fire her ex brother-in-law. She has an attorney for that one. Let's see what happens there!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 10:52 am
Susan...Bristol being pregnant is not the point here. No body said or even wants her to have an abortion. I doubt very seriously even she would want an abortion.

No body said that her having support was a bad thing, surely it is not. The point made was there is a double standard for republicans that they don't afford to the democrats, or to any one else for that matter. It's ok for their families to have mistakes but not for ever body else. All the while, they love to legislate what every one else should and should not do according to their Christian morals(like no sex ed in schools, or banning woman's right to choose because they think it's wrong). That is not right.

More to the point Sarah Palin is a completely poor choice for VP. She is against choice, against birth control or sex education, has no foreign policy experience, anti-environment, anti-animal, never been to Iraq, is not qualified to be VP, with possibility to be President.

She is the type of person/politician that wants to force her views on every body else. The right to choose an abortion(or birth control pills) should be an individual person's choice. Christian/conservative/republicans should not poke their noses into that choice by taking it away. She is a stepping stone to reversing, roe V wade along with McCain.

I don't care about Palin's personal life. I already said that I don't blame Bristol, she is young and teens will do what they want after all they are just a step away from adult hood.

Heck, I am not even blaming Palin for her daughter's mistake, parenting is a hard job, especially if you have 5 of them.

I am blaming McCain for pulling this particular women into this race, putting them into the spot light, when there are other more qualified women that could run. If she were a man with such a lack of qualifications, then she would have never been picked. McCain does not see the VP position as important and is only trying to appeal to women on a superficial level.

I do feel bad for Bristol, as being in this spot light will be very hard on her. Especially if that "marriage" does not work out.
 

Brenda H. (29)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 11:35 am
MCCAINT BARELY KNEW THIS PALIN PERSON WHEN HE CHOSE HER--HE JUST HAD TO HAVE A WOMAN BY LAST FRIDAY! WHAT A PITIFUL CHOICE HE MADE! I HAVEN'T AN NEVER WILL SAY ANYTHING AGAINST THE CHILD BRISTOL--IT'S ALL ABOUT HER "MOM"! SHE IS SUCH A CARING, LOVING "MOM" THEN WHY ISN'T SHE AT HOME WITH HER "NEW BABY" WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS AND HER DAUGHTER WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS NOW? SHE IS NOTHING BUT A "WANNA BE-THINKS SHE'S A BAD @SS"--WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! MCCAINT IS TRULY SENILE!
 

Brenda H. (29)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 11:38 am
ANYONE MISS FRANK?? :o) :o) :o)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 12:23 pm
Hey, was one of Frank's posts deleted?? I hate that. It makes some of the thread not make sense. Every one has the right to their opinion. No matter how ignorant it is. Plus it spurs debate. How can the debate happen if one side is censored?

 

Yvonne White (231)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 12:42 pm
"When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some (presumably Democratic) urban area, that pregnancy becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, that pregnancy is...a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence--and choosing life!"

-Thomas Schaller

The Reich-wing Picked Palin & Mc$ame supposedly KNEW all this. I think Palin's whole candidacy is a LIE - so the Reich-wing can continue to manipulate the Press & impose Their "Family Values" on America. They equate Birth Control & Education with Abortion. They would rather Rapists got a "Choice" of their next baby-bearer than the women!:( Sick people promote sick agendas - just look at the Bu$h-League Policies!

But I think this WHOLE Palin thing is a ruse. I think IF she gets to stay on the ticket and IF they can steal this election she would "resign" within a month of taking office & Mc$ame would appoint LIEBERMAN! Mc$ame can do Whatever HE wants AFTER he gets in office! I think this whole thing is a LIE & he thinks the Reich-wing will "do it's thing" and help him steal it.
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 2:16 pm
Personally, I think Palin is a 'throw down'. You know, when a bad cop 'throws down' an untraceable firearm next to a person they just murdered and do not want to get caught. That's what Palin is, a throw down. Or throw-away. If people, particularly women, cannot see through this ruse, they haven't been paying attention. If they vote for this ticket, they will get exactly what they deserve for having not paid attention. And the rest of us WILL suffer for it--in spades.

But, being surrounded like I am with rabid fundamentalists where I live, a LOT of women WILL be taken in, especially the fundies. Why? Because they will be told to vote this way and they will comply. They are all about complying to their male authoritarian counterparts be they their husbands, their fathers, their brothers or their pastors. It's that 'authoritarian' thing.

Palin is a walking, talking hypocrisy! The Repugnican Party is nothing but hypocrisy! All this is about is putting a woman--any women--on their ticket to pander to the Hillery voters. You have to remember--most fundies and most staunch NeoCons and even old school Repugnants cannot stand a woman in any form of power or office--goes against their male ego dominated BS. I think this was a last ditch effort on McOldFart's part to try to win the presidency. I think McSenile is a throw down or throw away in this year's election as well. They could have put up Romney or some of the other more qualified and more Fascist-driven in their quest for totalitarian power, but no, they put up a decrepit old fart who is not healthy and damn sure NOT sane to stand up against someone young, smart, oratorically gifted, of color AND has some experience in global politics.

I do know one thing, America is sick and tired of Repugnants and Neo-Cons and there will be blood at the polls--people will vote out incumbent Repugs and/or vote in Dems and Independents--that WILL happen this time, with a vengeance. The Repugs know this already, so why waste their brightest and best on an election that they know is going to be a shift in the balance of power and not in their favor? They aren't, that's why we have this non-choice running. Unfortunately, a lot of die-hard redneck, uneducated, fundamentalist, dominionist, evangelical Neanderthals WILL vote for this disaster.

Family values? Neocons, Repugs and fundies have none. Not real values. All they value is power and wealth. All the rest is window dressing. They want absolute power over absolutely everything, your life, your reproductive choices, your work, your health, your wages, your food, your religion--everything. We cannot let this happen. WE CAN NOT!!!!

Palin, if viewed through the eyes of the most die-hard NeoCons, is malleable. She is window dressing for them because, being completely inept and void of any experience in foreign affairs or anything else for that matter concerning world politics (being a governor of Alaska does NOT make you an authority on anything), she can be kept in the dark or spoon-fed anything and everything they wish to see done--and she will do it. Think about it. Scary huh?!!! Rove is having a field day. Anyone who has read Machiavelli can see this happening. And Rove is a scholar of Machiavelli.

If they win they have a Prez and Veep they can manipulate, if they loose they have lost nothing but time.

FRANK--your musings, and those of your fellow trolls, are not even worth a response. But do keep bloviating, it amuses some of us to see just how banckrupt (both intellectually and in common sense) the reichwing truly is.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 2:27 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/763040066/866307?saved=1

I guess Palin's daughter is a drinker to. Check out these pictures. I hope she is not doing this while pregnant.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 2:29 pm
A thought just accred to me. I am not a political genius or anything, but it accred to me that John McCain's VP Sarah Plain, that is suppose to be ruining on the Republican conservative moral ticket have said they both knew that Plain's 17 year old daughter was pregnant before he asked her to be his running mate. Now I think like Obama said that "our children should be off limits when it comes to politics" but is it really? It's my opinion that this is very much in limits. Because our children should always come first above all else. So the question accred to me what kind of mother is Sarah Plain? What kind of mother does it take to except a VP nomination knowing that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant and the whole world is going to know if you except the nomination. What kind of mother does it take to put their daughter through that? And what kind of mother takes a VP position when they have just had a baby that has downs syndrome. A child with downs syndrome is a full time job in its self. She surely will not be raising this child her self. So what kind of mother does it take to leave this job to some one else? And if she does not care enough to protect her own children how in the hell can I count on her to protect mine? John McCain say's he knew about Plain's daughter before he asked her to be his VP. So what does that say about him? If he didn't fell the need to protect this 17 year old from the public news media A-holes what does that say about him? And is he going to care about my children and Grandchildren? I don't think so!! But this is just my opinion and I could be wrong.
 

Diana D. (177)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 2:49 pm
Stars to Cynthia Davis*********very well said.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 2:53 pm
Yes very good point Cynthia!!!
 

Mary Lee (1)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 6:38 pm
Very good points Cynthia!
 

Rachel D. (57)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 7:01 pm
It bothers me a little that candidates are so free to use their family as assets and appear with their kids on stage in a nice little Leave It To Beaver photo op moment, but the minute something happens with the kids that may reflect badly on the candidate - suddenly it's oh no, off limits! Leave the kids out of it!
 

Marion Y. (322)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:30 pm
Kudos to Jodi and Cynthia for your astute comments.

A good article appropriately titled Hurricane Sarah begs the question: what other baggage is Sarah Palin carrying? Was McCain so desperate to win this campaign that he failed to properly vet Palin?

As far as Palin and her family deserving of privacy, "...when you willingly stick your neck out like this, you’re truly playing with the biggest of the big boys – and big girls. You become public property, especially if you presume to want to govern the public, accept a paycheck from the public, and set and pursue policies that will impact the public in matters that affect their own private lives. It goes with the territory whether you like it or not. The public owns you. ALL the public – supporters and opponents alike."

"As George W. Bush once said, “it’s your money.” Damn right. It IS our money Sarah Palin will be playing with, and our money that will fund her Vice Presidential salary, health benefits, residence, staff, travel, security, and other perks, if she and McCain win the election. It’s our money about which she would be advising McCain, lobbying for the way it’s spent and redistributed. If the McCain/Palin ticket triumphs in November, they both become our employees, and as bosses, we have every right and indeed a responsibility not to stay in the dark while they take our money and act in our name. Who they are, how they live, what they claim to be, with what and whom they surround themselves, and how that bears upon their leadership potential is absolutely our business. ALL of it. If the GOP wins, McCain/Palin would become our faces to the rest of the world. With all these questionable issues on their record, we’re already talking two-faced."

"It is well worth discussing what kind of hypocrisy we’re being asked to tolerate or ignore – from a self-proclaimed pro-life hardliner who pushes abstinence-only education. Character counts, especially for members of the party that makes everything a character issue. The way Palin runs her personal life is therefore relevant when her own teenage daughter (who by Alaskan state law is deemed of age and therefore a legally-defined big girl) becomes the poster child of the failure of Mom’s preferred educational emphasis. At 17, Bristol Palin has already reached the age of consent in Alaska, and will soon marry her baby’s father, we’re told. Her age makes her a legally-defined big girl, too. It is reasonable to question what kind of role model Palin really is, and what social dictates she’d try to impose as Vice President with this background of hers in mind, particularly since she’s made morality part of her campaign profile. How can she claim to be a leader on family values when her own family looks like it’s angling to star in the next chaotic MTV reality show?"

"It’s also completely fair game to question how well she’d be able to manage duties the size and scope of the Vice President of the United States, much less the rigors of a campaign for same. Even more critical, she would be a single 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency – which makes it even more relevant. These are extraordinary stakes. With that large, complicated, and demanding a family including the littlest one with special needs who’ll be pulling at her attention around the clock, could Sarah Palin truly be ready for that proverbial 3am phone call? I’d suspect she’d probably be up already, but with an entirely different agenda on her mind at that hour. That’s multitasking on a whole different level. I had to downshift considerably in my own life after a few years of working motherhood, and I only have two kids. Besides, I wasn’t aspiring toward the second most powerful job in the [nation]."

"As a citizen, voter, and taxpayer, I have a right to make sure my interests have my vice president’s full attention at all times. I’ve heard the complaints that it’s sexist to factor Palin’s family into her ambitions. That you wouldn’t hold a man’s feet to the fire in the same way. That it’s none of our business. And that we wouldn’t be asking some male in her position the same questions and prying into his personal life. Oh, certainly not. Just ask Bill Clinton about having his privacy probed. He was operating on the public’s time, and dime, so it was fair game. And if it was fair game for him, the same applies to Palin and McCain as they aspire to that level of public office. Repeat – PUBLIC office. Nothing private about it, at least not anymore. And you can thank the GOP and its attack-dog affiliates for that particular game-changer. They’ve spent a few decades by now sharpening their discourse in favor of their entitlement to intrude into our private lives. Since when should theirs remain private?

The Republicans have reworked their entire convention around Hurricane Gustav. Perhaps they should have attended to a little more emergency preparedness for Hurricane Sarah before they took off into the clouds at full throttle. Too bad nobody cared to spend much time studying the weather forecast beforehand."
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:44 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Marion because you have done so within the last week.

Well said, Marion!
 

June Rice (125)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 8:52 am
Has anyone else seen where Palin said to give the children their privacy and Obama said families were off limits?

NOW they're bringing Bristol's fiance to the GOP??? OK, doesn't it seem it's just going to fuel the media circus more???
 

Jim Fuchnough (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 9:06 am
Great now trailer park trash could be a weak 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency. Can you spell IGNORANT. Brought to you by the new republicans for "change"
 

Jim Fuchnough (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 9:07 am
Great, now trailer park trash could be a weak 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency. Can you spell IGNORANT. Brought to you by the new republicans for "change"
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:19 am
Conservative/Christian/Republicans have been making reproductive issues of women their business FOR YEARS NOW. But when it happens in their family's it's off limits. They need to keep their noses out of every body's else's business then, if they want their families off limits.
Palin's daughter represents TEEN PREGNANCY PROBLEM in America on front page news. No disrespect is meant to the girl, but her mom is the one putting this out there in the open.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:47 am
Juniper and Jim...I feel like I'm watching Jerry Springer or Maury on TV. With these stupid drama issues as the focal point, John McCain still hasn't told us how he's going the change things for the better. All this while his mentor, Bush, is busy setting the stage for WWIII.

Few Americans are aware of a NATO build up of war ships in the Black Sea, which has sent Putin into attack mode. McCain's poor judgment and the focus on the antics of the Palin Family are a distraction from matters of extreme importance to our nation.
 

Judy H. (5)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:53 am
McCain's choice was simply a ploy to get Hillary's votes. Now, I think everyone should just leave Bristol out of this mess. Let her mother deal with it since she seemed to think publicizing it was a good thing. I think there are many other issues about Palin that we're going to find out very soon. One is that she wanted Alaska removed from the United States. Wait for more to come out of Alaska on her. She may be forced to resign. I can't believe they're bringing Bristol's boyfriend over here. He would much rather be playing hockey or hanging out with the boys!!!!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 11:19 am
Sarah Palin knew her daughter was ‘with child’ before she accepted the VP nomination. Palin had to have known that this news would break. You can cover a baby bump with an infant sibling for only so long during those pesky photo ops. Palin made a decision to advance her political career onto the national scene, rather than choosing to finish out her term as Governor of Alaska, a choice that would have granted her daughter some semblance of privacy.

It could also be argued that this unexpected pregnancy, not unwanted of course, because we all know there is no unwanted pregnancy among the religious right, is relevant to Palin’s performance as vice president. As a woman and as a mom, Palin, if elevated to Vice President of the United States, will play an influential role in the health and educational policies affecting our children and teens. Her anti-condom, anti-birth control, abstinence only leanings have not served her family well. I highly doubt they’ll be any more effective in reducing the national rates for teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Perhaps life would have happened differently for g Palin’s daughter, if she’d been given the opportunity to receive a comprehensive sex education instead of a Sunday School lesson.
 

Judy H. (5)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 11:19 am
Marion - you're absolutely right. This is a DISTRACTION. Pretty well done by the Republican party, isn't it?
 

June Rice (125)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 8:43 am
Thanx, Marion!
 

Brenda H. (29)
Friday September 5, 2008, 12:37 pm
WHAT IS DISTRACTING ME IS--SHE HAD HER INFANT SON AT THE CONVENTION WED. NIGHT--IN THE SCREAMING/RACKET LATE AT NIGHT! HER CHILD DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HE HAS A HOME--SHE'S DRAGGING HIM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY LIKE A PIECE OF LUGGAGE! I HOPE "MOM'S" AND WOMEN VOTERS MCSHAME WAS HOPING TO GET WITH THIS PITIFUL EXCUSE OF A ??MOM?? WILL BE OUTRAGED AT WHAT SHE IS DOING TO HER FAMILY AND HER "SPECIAL NEED'S" CHILD AND HER PREGNANT DAUGHTER COULD PROBABLY USE A LITTLE EXTRA ATTENTION NOW!
 
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