« Mom and Dad the chauffeur | Main | Sarah Palin took on too much »

Can Sarah Palin balance it all?

      Sarah_2                    John McCain has made an interesting choice in Sarah Palin as his running mate. Now, we're about to find out the country's position on whether women can balance work and family. Palin, a former beauty queen, has proved she's competent as a politician. She's won over the voters in Alaska to become governor. But 'm confident that regardless of Palin's accomplishments, being the mother of five will be a big strike against her. The naysayers will ask, How can she raise five kids and help run the country? Her supporters will ask the same thing.

      The truth is, unlike Hillary, Palin's kids need mommy in a big way. They are Track, 19; Bristol 17; Willow 14; Piper, 7, and baby Trig, 4 months old and born with Down Syndrome. After her recent pregnancy, Palin proved herself Pro-Life, then returned to the office three days after giving birth. Did that raise eyebrows? If it didn't in the past, it will now. As the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket, Palin will once again be reminded of what she likely already knows: even in the year 2008, the rules are different for men and women, for fathers and mothers.

      Voters will ask the first question out of my mouth: Does her husband work? The answer is he does. He's a commercial fisherman. Outside the fishing season, he works for BP energy corporation at an oil field on Alaska's North Slope. The next question will be: who takes care of her children? Regardless of the answer, the country wants it to be mommy. And, the reality is, it is mommy. Even if it isn't. Most working mothers know that when a kid gets sick or acts up in school, mom is the one who gets the call. When little Trig takes his first steps, mom gets the call. Mom wants the call. Can Palin take the call when she's in the White House?

         With Palin, McCain chose youth. He chose smarts. He chose competence. He also chose a mother in the throes of raising kids. Is the country ready for that? I doubt it.

       Do you think Palin's family responsibilities will hurt her chances making it to the White House? Did McCain make a wise choice?

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e200e554ce5ab08834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Can Sarah Palin balance it all?:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

MiamiMike

McCain can say goodbye to any voter who really thinks experience matters. Palin has six years as mayor of a town of 5000, and a year and a half as Governor of Alaska. That’s it! And she only got the governor’s job at all, because the incumbent governor appointed his own daughter to the U.S. Senate, and tried to do an end-around against the legislature on a shaky gas pipeline deal, which blew his chances for reelection. McCain managed to find the a candidate LESS qualified to be commander-in-chief, than Quayle was! McCain did the one thing guaranteed to make Obama look like Roosevelt by comparison. In her first appearance with McCain, Palin said “Eye-ran” and “nuke-ya-lar weapons” just like Bush does. Yeesh. Earlier, she actually said on camera: “what is it exactly that the VP does every day?"

McCain can wave goodbye to anyone who thinks the VP choice is important. Sending this beauty queen to debate national security and diplomacy with Biden is cruel. Since McCain has THREE medical conditions which could incapacitate him (melanomas, 6 of 10 warning signs of Alzheimers, multiple suicide attempts), there is a serious risk that this Twinkie could become Commander-in-Chief. ...And McCain can wave goodbye to all those national-security voters who think foreign policy and military matters are important.

Goodbye to any voter who cares about ethical government. McCain actually picked a running mate who is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION, in the state legislature, on abuse-of-power charges! Picking her for VP would be like picking Larry Craig or Tom Delay: THEY would actually be more fit for the job than Palin! The investigation could run all the way through the campaign season: one news cycle after another, clogged up with this story. We’ll hear from the husband and the wife in the ugly divorce/custody case, like a white-trash soap opera. Palin showed she can’t even play the game like a professional at the sandlot level, and McCain just put her in the World Series. And there will also be stories about the rest of the corrupt Alaska Republican machine, to include Ted Stevens and Don Young. There is video of Stevens endorsing Palin. The irony here is that she is campaigning as a reformer!

McCain will LOSE female votes, not gain them. He is insulting women, assuming they will be stupid enough to ignore the fact that Palin opposes a woman’s right to choose (and is ignorant, and unqualified), just because she’s a she. If McCain really had a hard-on to hire a woman, what about Hutchison, or Susan Collins...? Even among the subset of Republican women, he chose Beauty Queen over Competence. The only women this will bring into McCain’s camp are women who are stupid enough to be conned, and McCain has already cornered the Stupid Vote, so it’s a wasted effort. Palin even had the gall to try to hijack Hillary’s “eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling” narrative in her first public appearance, so Hillary will speak out on this REAL fast.

McCain can say goodbye to anyone who advocates fiscal responsibility: although Palin claims to be a budget-cutter, she signed into law the biggest budget in state history. McCain can wave goodbye to anyone who supports equality, since Palin opposes same-sex marriage. And for anyone who takes education seriously: Palin, an evangelical, wants creationism taught in public schools.

Goodbye to all those other VP finalists, who he wanted to campaign for him, as surrogates. You think Romney will bust his butt for McCain in Michigan, when McCain just proclaimed to the world that Romney’s less qualified to be commander-in-chief than this prom queen?

Goodbye to all those white men in places like the Rust Belt, who ever lost out on a job because a less-qualified woman scooted in ahead of them. They’re Obama men now.

Environmentalists: it’s not just that she wants to drill in ANWR. She sued BUSH’S Interior Department for putting polar bears on the endangered list. She’s to the RIGHT of BUSH.

The issue isn’t Palin, it’s McCain and his scary, IMPAIRED decision-making. Obama said that he has better judgment than McCain, and McCain proved him right. McCain panicked after Obama’s masterful performance in Denver, and threw a desperate Hail Mary. Why else would he bypass the dozens of candidates who are ALL more qualified for the job than Palin? This is McCain’s first major decision at the presidential level, and he did something rash and stupid, just like Bush always seems to do. Even some Republicans, like Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Maryland governor, are starting to signal their dismay, to the tune of “who the hell is she?”

Evangelicals love her. Rush called her a “babe”. FOX says Palin has foreign policy credentials because “...she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia.” LOL

Woman of the Millenium

She is a beacon on the horizon for all young women of our country. She is not rich, not politically connected, stands her ground, is proud to be an American, a proud mother, a hard worker, a happy looking wife and seems to have it all under control.
I'm voting for her. She is like a breath of fresh air, a strong symbol of what can become for every woman in this country.
She can do it. I believe in her. And I give McCain a lot of credit for choosing her. He made the right choice. What foreigner wouldn't love her openness and freshness? She has the real charm, openness, honesty and talent to copilot this country. She is more like Jackie O. than Obama's wife will ever be.

Plugged-in

Sarah Palin endorses animal abuse, including the Iditarod. This dog sled race has a long, well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. For the facts, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website.

In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles, which is the
approximate distance between New York City and Miami, Florida, over a
grueling terrain in 8 to 16 days.

Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death,
paralysis, frostbite of the penis and scrotum, bleeding ulcers, bloody
diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken
bones, torn muscles and tendons, vomiting, hypothermia, sprains, fur
loss, broken teeth, torn footpads and anemia.

At least 136 dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is no official count
of dog deaths available for the race's early years. Causes of death have
included strangulation in towlines, internal hemorrhaging after being
gouged by a sled, liver injury, heart failure, and pneumonia. "Sudden
death" and "external myopathy," a fatal condition in which a dog's
muscles and organs deteriorate during extreme or prolonged exercise,
have also occurred. The 1976 Iditarod winner, Jerry Riley, was accused
of striking his dog with a snow hook (a large, sharp and heavy metal
claw). In 1996, one of Rick Swenson's dogs died while he mushed his team
through waist-deep water and ice. The Iditarod Trail Committee banned
both mushers from the race but later reinstated them. In many states
these incidents would be considered animal cruelty. Swenson is now on
the Iditarod Board of Directors.

In the 2001 Iditarod, a sick dog was sent to a prison to be cared for by
inmates and received no veterinary care. He was chained up in the cold
and died. Another dog died by suffocating on his own vomit.

No one knows how many dogs die in training or after the race each year.

On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the race do not make it
across the finish line. According to a report published in the American
Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do
cross, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of
Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who finish
the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40
years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:

"They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into
their ears, ‘OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil.'
They understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into
submission the same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers
will deny it. And you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March
3, 2000 in Jon Saraceno's column

Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book Speed
Mushing Manual, "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once
state that "‘Alaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on.'" "Nagging
a dog team is cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip
is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common training device
in use among dog mushers...A whip is a very humane training tool."

During the 2007 Iditarod, eyewitnesses reported that musher Ramy Brooks
kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski pole and a chain. Brooks
admitted to hitting his dogs with a wooden trail marker when they
refused to run. The Iditarod Trail Committee suspended Brooks for two
years, but only for the actions he admitted. By ignoring eyewitness
accounts, the Iditarod encouraged animal abuse. When mushers know that
eyewitness accounts will be disregarded, they are more likely to hurt
their dogs and lie about it later.

Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, including
puppies. Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who
are unwanted for any reason, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged
or clubbed to death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. Dogs
are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to
death in harnesses....." wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for
Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper (March, 2000).

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA Today, "He
[Colonel Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like
starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight.
Skinning them to make mittens. Or dragging them to their death."

The Iditarod, with its history of abuse, could not be legally held in
many states, because doing so would violate animal cruelty laws.

Iditarod administrators promote the race as a commemoration of sled dogs
saving the children of Nome by bringing diphtheria serum from Anchorage
in 1925. However, the co-founder of the Iditarod, Dorothy Page, said the
race was not established to honor the sled drivers and dogs who carried
the serum. In fact, 600 miles of this serum delivery was done by train
and the other half was done by dogs running in relays, with no dog
running over 100 miles. This isn't anything like the Iditarod.

The race has led to the proliferation of horrific dog kennels in which
the dogs are treated very cruelly. Many kennels have over 100 dogs and
some have as many as 200. It is standard for the dogs to spend their
entire lives outside tethered to metal chains that can be as short as
four feet long. In 1997 the United States Department of Agriculture
determined that the tethering of dogs was inhumane and not in the
animals' best interests. The chaining of dogs as a primary means of
enclosure is prohibited in all cases where federal law applies. A dog
who is permanently tethered is forced to urinate and defecate where he
sleeps, which conflicts with his natural instinct to eliminate away from
his living area.

Iditarod dogs are prisoners of abuse.

Palin has also supported the aerial shooting of wolves. Although the arctic ice is melting quickly, Palin doesn't think polar bears are endangered.

Most women care about the humane treatment of animals. Something is very wrong with Sarah Palin.

In the know

The Palin pick was the BEST choice that Democrats could ever hope for. Can you imagine her a hearbeat away from the prsidency? Talk about inexperience! This will cause a landslide for OBAMA. No woman in her right mind who is pro choice would vote for her.

DeniseOV

You raise an important question, especially for those mom's who know how difficult it is dealing with a special-needs child.

Though the republicans seem to think she will become a poster mom for those of us who have dealt with children with disabilities, I would love to hear what she has to say about John McCain's votes against funding for disabled children.

I know this may not sound politically correct, but I really believe that mothers who can afford to stay home with infants - should.

My mom did not go back to work till my brother and I were both in school, even though we could have used the money. I support working women with children, and think we should see better access to daycare - but 3 days after her child was born? No way.

She just lost my Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

One other note - I hope someone can verify - she seems to have stated that if her daughter was a rape victim, and got pregnant she would make her have the baby. I think that's going too far with pro-life.

Kathleen Wiant

I personally am thrilled to see people like MiamiMike and Woman of the Millenium (above) debate the pros and cons of Palin based on who she is and what she has done instead of basing their arguments on the fact that she is a mother of 5 and "Can a mother of 5 handle the job of VP?". Regardless of who ends up in office, we as a country are making great progress!

Michelle

Sarah Palin DOES indeed have excellent experience, AND that experience is at the Executive level. Obama does NOT!

His law degree from Harvard makes him a good lawyer (potentially, and debatable from my perspective as a Yale graduate).

Her experience in fighting corruption, fighting Big Oil, and running the USA's largest state and the one closest to Russia, which is bordered ONLY by Canada, which has all interstate commerce being conducted across national borders or open seas, makes Sarah Palin the most experienced of the two.

But even MORE fascinating is that while McCain's experience trumps that of Biden, and Palin's trumps that of Obama, Palin is denigrated for being the choice of McCain.

Show me another woman who has accomplished so much in so little, AND has done so while raising a family instead of foregoing parenthood or waiting until her children are raised.

I am a successful attorney who has 3 small children. I will NOT wait until my children are grown to be successful. I will NOT forego my opportunity to be a parent in order to be successful. Women as a whole will NOT be on the sidelines while men take in the glory of success at ANY times of their lives, while women WAIT until children are raised.

I praise Sarah Palin on what she has accomplished. I praise McCain for having the intelligence to choose a qualified woman as vice president. Yes, there are many others, and perhaps some who would be better qualified. But, as we all know, Obama was NOT willing to choose a qualified woman as VP, and that is why I will vote for McCain/Palin.

Not to mention, this will set up a Sarah Palin vs. Hillary Clinton battle for 2012. At that time, I'll be in a dilemma between voting for my former choice (Clinton) and my current one (Palin).

Michelle

P.S. It doesn't matter if McCain's pick was politically motivated or not. We as Americans have a chance to put an intelligent, hard-working, sensible woman with integrity into the Pres/VP mix.

If Obama wins, it will be potentially AT LEAST 8 more years before this happens.

Women and men alike should unite behind Palin and McCain and move things forward once and for all!

Dr. Ryan

Feminist much?

Hilary vs. Palin?

Hilary, yes. Palin, not a chance.

Gary

As a teacher of special needs children I wonder how and who shall raise the new baby (or who has been since day 3)The next 4 years are critical for this child's development and as it appears, mom doesn't seem concerned. Additionally, McCain's record of voting and lack of support for special needs children seems a contradiction.

I also wonder what how she has fought BIG OIL, it appears her husband works for them doesn't he?

How about the investigation regarding utilizing her influence on a former family member.... Sounds like typical Alaskan politician to me, the only difference in her case is it only took her two years in major politics to utilize her position of power. Can't wait to see how she would deal with Russia.....

Palin also doesn't seem to believe that our glaciers are melting and that shooting a polar bear is an incredible experience (did she eat the one she has stuffed or is it just a monument to her NRA shooting ability????

The sad reality of all of this is that I once was a John McCain fan (before George Bush became president) and I am afraid that what we have seen here in this selection is the clear sign that he may have the onset of dementia, so sad. I am concerned that he could drop at any minute and we would be left with a gun toting, bear shooting, inexperienced leader who doesn't know a soul in Washington or around the world. Sorry John, but I am afraid you blew my vote.

I hope other republicans will stop walking lock step with the party and truly speak their mind and the truth. A sad time for Republican politics.

robbie

This was a very bad choice. She seems to have a very extreme political philosophy. If something happened to McCain and he could not serve in office (which is possible since he is 72) she will take over. Her philosophy is the same as George Bush. Great thats all what we need a female version of Bush. Asking for another fascist is like asking for another heart attack.

Ana Gomez-Mallada

I wonder if your comments would be the same if the nominee were a similarly siatuated male. The fact that they would NOT makes this whole discussion a throwback to the fifties. Wake up, ladies! It is 2008!

Ana Gomez-Mallada

Oh, and let's get over the ageism, too. Reagan was 72 when he was elected to his forst term. Nelson Mandela was 75 when he was first elected President of South Africa. Golda Meir was only 70 when she became Prime Minister of Israel, She was 73 when she led her country in the Yom Kippur War.

McCain is not dead yet. The Communists couldn't kill him; U.S. electoral politics aren't going to do him in.

Cheryl

McCain chose someone he thought could help him get elected, not someone who could help him govern. Although I'm a Democrat, I was willing to consider McCain. Not now. Palin may be a woman, but she doesn't reflect my views.

Quan

Palin is the best possible choice Republicans can make. Everyone else is like McCain, a loser that has to be spun to look macho, heroic and decisive.

She brings however some serious questions which ultimately reveal the hypocrisy of the Moral Majority disguised as the Republican Party. It is OK for them to destroy the government and drill(Palin is the oil companies' answer to the old Alaska establishment), to enforce abstinence and no contraception to all children and families(except their own, in which case it's OK to proliferate and multiply like fruitflies with or without being married) and most of all to steal from others, including your own brothers and sisters(since it's God's reward for those who believe - Jesus would have a heart attack with this line of blasphemy by Swaggart/Baker preachers who enrich themselves in his name)

In a long run, since Americans are now conditioned to spin, it will become a test of who has the best spin and who can be the dirtiest. It has nothing to do with truth, with heroism and least of all, to service to the country.

It's ironic that the best man Republicans can find is a woman. Thanks, Arnold, for the term girly men !!! Best definition for men who shoot caged birds(Cheney), dress up(Giuliani) and insist they are not gay even when they are caught trolling in toilet stalls and on the internet!!!

The comments to this entry are closed.