Clearly, I’m not a particularly ambitious person as far as career trajectory and such things. Not that ambition is inherently bad in any way, it’s just not my thing. I always worked to live, not the other way around.
Which leads me to this whole Sarah Palin thing.
I know, I’m stepping way outside my usual topics. I’m not a political blogger. I’m a mommy blogger. But she’s a mom, and I have a few things to say. And, well, it’s my blog.
When McCain announced her as a running mate, I was baffled. An insulting appeal to holdout Hillary supporters? “Look, she’s a woman! You like women, right? I mean, she’s the antithesis of everything Hillary holds dear, but who cares?” An odd appeal to the right-wingers? It’s been a trainwreck to watch. She’s under an ethics investigation, McCain listed Governor, Mayor, and PTA as her executive experience. It completely undercuts his whole “ready to be Commander-in-Chief” argument. It’s just weird, and I’m at a total loss as to why on earth this was his choice. I keep waiting for something new to jump out that would have it make sense, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.
But hey, I’m not supposed to like his running mate. I’m a Democrat, through and through, and wasn’t going to vote for him in the first place. His choice of a right-wing nutter just gave me another reason. Fine. But as a fellow mother, I have to question Sarah Palin on her judgment. And as everyone wants us to remember, it’s all about good judgment, right?
Let’s ignore the conspiracy theories about her youngest son actually being her grandson. It smells fishy, but I obviously have no basis of proving or disproving it, so fine. And really, I could care less that her daughter is pregnant, even if it gives me a brief laugh at “so, how’s that abstinence-only sex ed working out for you?” But fine, things happen to teenagers. And while it sort of adds to the media/political train wreck, fine. I have really no beef with that at all.
My beef is with putting ambition before family. I know that sometimes there are sacrifices in life. But you have a very young child with special needs. If bits and pieces of the conspiracy theories are to be believed, you were going into preterm labor and yet continued to give a speech and then fly across the continent instead of seeking medical attention. She went back to work after something like three days. And she’s campaigning and running for Vice President with a newborn with Down’s syndrome.
Sure, I suppose being asked to be the Vice Presidential candidate for a major political party is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And it would be hard to turn it down. But with a newborn? When you have almost no high-level political experience? Ambition wins over family.
Yes, it’s a double standard. People wouldn’t be saying the same thing of a man in her position. But it’s no secret that being a mom is different than being a dad, like it or not. Is it fair? Maybe not, but I’m not sure that’s the point.
I’m rambling, I know. This, among other reasons, is why I’m not a political blogger. But this Sarah Palin thing is just getting under my skin. She wiggs me out. When she speaks, it just feels wrong to me. Let’s just hope that my candidate actually wins for once, and I can forget Sarah Palin’s name after November 4.