McCain & The Working Mom.

What drew my attention was not the first-term, 44-year-old Alaska governor who was standing at the podium proudly accepting the invitation to join a presidential ticket. My eyes were instead focused on a woman in the crowd.

 

Dressed in a navy blue T-shirt bearing an American flag, the woman had, just moments earlier, been politely listening to GOP nominee John McCain explain why he made his particular choice of a running mate. Before revealing the name of his VP, Sarah Palin, McCain talked about how his announcement would “shake up Washington.” It wasn’t until he mentioned that it was the week of the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage when it dawned upon the woman in the flag T-shirt -- who’d likely been standing in the Dayton, Ohio crowd for hours -- that the vice presidential nominee was not a guy. The spectator’s mouth fell open. Her eyes widened. She looked at the man standing next to her as though she couldn’t believe what she’d just heard. It couldn’t be a woman. Could it?

 

A few minutes later, a mother of five – who gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome in April, whose eldest son is being deployed to Iraq in September and who was celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary on this day – stepped in front of her first national audience. With a nod to Senator Hillary Clinton’s 18 million primary votes and the 18 million “cracks in the glass ceiling” created by her failed presidential bid, Palin said, “. . . [I]t turns out, the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”

 

It was stunning news to try to absorb as viewers watched Palin, her children and her husband on stage, particularly coming on the heels of the previous evening’s historic speech given by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as he accepted his party’s nod on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

more info on Palin's pastor and his views on Jews:

Two weeks ago, when Palin’s church gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus.

Palin’s pastor introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the church’s website.

The sermon described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem, he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day.

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

Feminism and women's rights are about choice. No one has decried that in any of the comments I have read, but when you have children you have to make choices that are best for them while they are young. So far, I have not seen actions that show me she puts her kids first.

First, she gets on a plane for a 12 hour trip while having contractions and leaking amniotic fluid.

Second, she returns to work after her special needs child is 2 days old

Third, her career choices of the Vice Presidentcy and Governorship are far more demanding than are a typical fulltime job. Her husband works full time as well. So up until now it appears there has been neither parent at home with the kids on a regular basis.

Fourth, she acepted the candidacy of VP knowing the intense public scrutiny her daughter would be under and chose to go ahead anyway. Some jobs, no matter how prestigous are not worth sacrifcing your child's well being.

These are her choices to make for sure, but they do reflect on what is most important to her, her career over her children. And they are important considerations when evaluating her as a candidate.

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

She is proponant of equal rights for women? Hum . . I wonder then how she feels about her future boss McCain voting against equal pay for women?

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

I would advise you to take a look at Sarah Palin's pastor who makes Jeremiah Wright look like a puppydog when it comes to spewing hate.

Wasilla Assembly of God since she was a child - loonger than Obama at his church. Her pastor even contends that Jesus is in "war mode."

Pastor Kalnins has also preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war "contending for your faith;" and said that Jesus "operated from that position of war mode."

If you are going to use that argument be prepared for the backlash on Palin and her pastor.

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

Calling her inexperienced is a fact not a lie. She was on a commission for 8 months then Mayor of a town of 7,000 for 3 years, then Governor of a state that has less population than San Bernadino County for less than 2 years. she has a total of 5.8 years. Obama was in the state legislature for 8 years and the US Senate for 2 so she does not have more experience than he does.

I am not saying her lack of experience should disqualify her, but you should accept that she does not have the type of experience that one usually sees in a President or VP. Sometimes less experience is a good thing. I mean look at all the experience this last administation had and look where we are now - in the sh$##er.

shelleyjayt
09.03.08

Call me crazy but I don't think it is admirable to work at the pace that is required of her and have 5 kids. Also, going back to work after 2 or 3 days after having a special needs baby seems irresponsible to me. It seems that something has to give and in her case maybe her time would have been better spent at home with her 17 year old daughter.

mindimer
09.02.08

There's a big difference between being an accomplished woman and being good for women. She's anti-choice, willing to go back to work two days after giving birth to a special-needs child, and can't possibly have the kind of first hand experience we need someone to have in order to feel in her skin the importance of being there, with family, not just standing for "family."

I am all for a woman candidate, but that can't be the only criteria (remember Condi? And she has credentials to beat the band.). Whomever you vote for, you have to be prepared to accept that person, instantly, as President. Anything could happen and at any time, and if McCain is not there, she is commander in chief.

Some make the distinction between what you'll do for family and what you'll do for country. She is choosing her country and God bless her for it. But I don't think it's a good sign for women's issues, especially going in with the knowledge that she's strongly pro-abstinence and anti-choice.

KimberlyAKM
09.02.08

I would vote for Palin for ANYTHING before I would vote for Obama or Biden! She is smart and capable and a proponent of family values as well as equal rights for women. When did that become a bad thing? All of the liberals who have been screaming for equal rights for women all of these years now all of a sudden think a woman's place is in the home? Give me a break! They must really feel threatened by her.

As far as the person who mentioned the stupid rumor started by the Daily Kos (not quite a reputable publication) regarding Palin's baby not really being hers - get real! Focus on the facts and stop spreading stupid rumors.

Amy3
09.02.08

I was already a McCain vote, but this has made me excited about it! We cannot seriously think the McCain camp believes all those Hillary votes will just go where the maxi pads and Manolos are? Come on. Those men are more sophisticated political analysts than that. Sarah Palin brings more than her boobs to this job. She's the perfect social conservative to energize McCain's core and snag some independent and undecided voters. And it's all to the good that she allows Repulicans and Democrats to make history this election.

The Wall Street Journal today quoted women critical of her for running for office with a baby. Well that's very liberated isn't it? Her husband isn't capable of taking care of the children? Would we say a man shouldn't run because he had a baby at home, or a special needs child? No. We would never criticize a man for that.

You don't have to vote for her, obviously, but as working mothers maybe we should cut her some slack. She is who she is, and whatever your beliefs she is working hard, raising a family, and opening more doors for women of all political stripes.

rbccbuckley
09.02.08

Let's just hope that most people will be intelligent enough to look at Palin's voting record and not her childbirth history when deciding who to vote for! She is 100% opposite of everything that Hillary Clinton stood for so that certainly won't fly with her supporters. Even her "motherhood" is in question . . . see the article in the Alaska newspaper which questioned back in April when her baby was born if that baby was hers or her daughters? Just coincidentally that her daughter missed the previous 4 months of school due to "mono" and that Palin was on an airplane flying back from Texas to Alaska (the flight attendants unaware that she was even pregnant, as well as supposedly in labor on the airplane!) - for 8 hour flight - and then apparently went to the hospital in Alaska and had the baby later that night. Then she's back at work 3 days later . . . so who's baby is it? And now is her daughter already pregnant again? I don't trust anything this woman says and her lack of experience is absolutely frightening for a candidate who very likely could have to take office with a president in as elderly and in poor health as McCain is!! And to think this is the best the Republicans could come up with??!!!