Sarah Palin Should Pull Out.

Sure, I’m curious to see the titillating made-for-Lifetime TV drama of Alaskan Governor Sarah “Barracuda” Palin play out and stick a thumb in the eye of all of those social conservatives who believe they own America’s family values. However, I think Sarah owes it to all of us women, but perhaps most importantly her eldest daughter and youngest son, to elegantly withdraw herself from the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president.

 

That’s right. Go home. Run your state, which has a smaller population than Jacksonville, Florida. Shoot more caribou. And take care of your infant son and soon-to-arrive grandchild.

 

Not wanting to be redundant, I promise this is not going to be a post bashing McCain’s vexing V.P. pick and outlining Palin’s clear lack of experience to be promoted to “Heartbeat Away from Leader of the Free World.” Like my fellow Democrats (or at least some of them) I am going to try to take the high road here. So I’ll be clear, this is not a personal attack on Sarah Palin. Yes, I’m insulted that McCain chose someone so completely unqualified to be his number two. And that just because his pick had ovaries and a feisty fearless reputation, McCain thought he would woo women or ridiculously the Hillary vote. But that’s almost beside the point.

 

Sarah clearly has a complicated life that yes, many of us women can relate to. And I believe that some of our best leaders have come from places of adversity, dysfunctional families and untraditional upbringings, think Bill Clinton and well, Barack Obama. But for all of my Girl Power passion, I just don’t think a mom with a special needs infant and a pregnant teenage daughter and two other youngish kids at home will be able to focus on her very big job in the West Wing. It’s refreshing to have leaders who are real people and, of course, who are mothers, but let’s be honest, when the school calls to say that your kid is throwing up and has a fever and you are away in Albuquerque on a business trip, are you able to be focused on your job? The everyday kid stuff is distracting. So I don’t think it’s a great leap to imagine the energy drain a child with special needs takes on a family, and particularly a mother. We worry more. It’s primal. It may not be politically correct; it’s biology.

 

As I write this post at work, my babysitter is taking my son to the dentist to have his cavity filled and I am wracked with guilt that I am not there with him (it’s his first filling ouch!) Yes, we working moms have to outsource some of the kid stuff. But there are certain jobs that moms with young children or even teenage children just can’t take on – or they can’t take them on well.

 

blancadebree
09.04.08

She should pull out like her daughter's boyfriend couldn't. This is a disgrace to the party. This is a disgrace to women. This is a disgrace to America.

alpacafarmgirl
09.04.08

I agree with Wendy. I am a Republican, and now I don't see how I can vote for this ticket with SP. The fact that she could leave a special needs infant while she campaigns and seeks such a demanding job.... that is so far out to me, I cannot imagine someone having XX chromosomes and doing this. Not the family values that I thought my party would encourage. And the pregnant daughter, are they kidding? It is like the Britney Spears clan, parading her around like a poster child for what exactly? Um, poor decision making? This just shows me that McCain is WAY out of touch with his base. It would be laughable, except it's kinda important. This will be the turning point for OBAMA.

Picasso30
09.03.08

I'm going to have to agree with Wendy here...and not just because I am a democrat that would have voted for Hilary had she received the nomination. I had similar concerns about John Edwards running, when it was announced that his wife had cancer . There are certain family needs that should be put in front of advancing your career - regardless of your gender.

faq
09.03.08

One more thought. How many male politicians have 5 kids aged infant to 18 and we don't question their ability to do the job.

faq
09.03.08

Just because Swift couldn't make it work doesn't mean that Palin can't. Frankly some women are better at being Supermom than others, and this is exactly the kind of attitude and presumption that holds women back from "shattering the glass ceiling". Yes, we all make sacrifices being working moms. And no, timing is not always perfect. But if you're going to assume from day 1 that she can't do the job, then it's obvious that you've formed your opinion based on the drama that the media has drummed up and haven't given her the opportunity to speak for herself.