This campaign season is going to be u-g-l-y


I was just watching a few minutes of CNN to see McCain’s and Palin’s arrival in St. Paul when I heard some angry comments from the CNN panel upon seeing Levi Johnson with the Palin family.

(I realize that I haven’t shared my opinion on the whole woman/mother VP selection who just happens to have 17 year old daughter who’s pregnant brouhaha. I hesitated because I didn’t want to write something I’d later regret. My thoughts and feelings have simmered a little and maybe I’ll share later this week. If I wait too much longer, however, it’ll be too late to pile on. All that to say this: I realize this post is coming out of nowhere.)

Allow me to paraphrase the commentary: Oh, look! That’s Levi Johnson! This is a clear double-standard. If she’s going to bring him to the convention, then she can’t tell the media not to talk about her family. She’s the one injecting the situation with her daughter into the discussion.

Ah, No she isn’t. In the same way that Obama’s children, Biden’s children, McCain’s children, and Clinton’s child accompany them on the campaign trail and still enjoy immunity from scrutiny and judgment by the media, Palin’s daughter and her fiance Levi can accompany her on the trail and enjoy the same immunity. Levi Johnson’s presence only signifies the character of a young man who isn’t going to hide away in Alaska while his fiance takes all the heat for being a young, unwed mother.

If Palin insisted on her daughter staying home in Alaska, then Palin would be accused of being ashamed of her daughter, of trying to hide something. Instead, she’s been honest from the start and asked the media to respect her daughter’s privacy. It’s not her family’s fault that Sarah Palin was selected for VP by McCain.

If anyone is guilty of a double-standard, then it’s the Obama-loving pundits.

Isn’t it grand that Obama can appear to be taking the high ground when it comes to the candidates’ families? He can stand back and say, “Our children are off limits,” while being certain that his friends in the media will take care of tearing apart his opponents’ families for him.

I think this election cycle is going to get uglier. I realize that my political posts aren’t all that popular (I’ve lost readership over my opinions). It’s not just the blog. Even in conversation with the real people in my life, it’s best that I just keep my mouth shut when it comes to politics because I tend to bite heads off I am so passionate when it comes to my ideology. So, to my regular readers, please understand that, in addition to being a voracious reader of great Christian books, I also consume a large amount of political articles and commentary. This blog may see more of my politics. Can I just apologize in advance?

11 Comments on “This campaign season is going to be u-g-l-y

  1. Politics has always been pretty ugly for sure. Hey I’ll keep coming back, I’ve got thick skin. I’m so curious as to who God is going to let be president this time around…I’m really looking forward to hearing Palin tonight. The hunters in my family think she’s really cool!

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  2. I’m chiming in as well! Amen!Palin is a brilliant choice and I also am looking forward to her speech tonight.No matter what she does it will be twisted – they have nothing on her and that just makes them real scared and mad and ugly!May she come through this fiery furnace glimmering gold!Praying for her and her family through these times!

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  3. It definately makes things more interesting. I am a wimp and tend to stay away from political conversation and debate. But I have no problem reading what others think…does that make me a wimp 2x over LOL!

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  4. NO need for apologies over here! I love reading your thoughts on politics. You may very well lose readership over your opinions regarding sovereign grace or homeschooling but your passion and conviction is what elicits the reader to begin with!I agree with everything you have said. Palin’s daughter hasn’t fallen from grace any further than rest of us.

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  5. The other thing that is telling is that if Biden’s or Obama’s children happened to get pregnant, kept it secret, and had an abortion, no one in the media would have any problem with that.

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  6. I have conflicting feelings about the whole McCain/Palin thing which I won’t get into here. But THIS paragraph:”Ah, No she isn’t. In the same way that Obama’s children, Biden’s children, McCain’s children, and Clinton’s child accompany them on the campaign trail and still enjoy immunity from scrutiny and judgment by the media, Palin’s daughter and her fiance Levi can accompany her on the trail and enjoy the same immunity. Levi Johnson’s presence only signifies the character of a young man who isn’t going to hide away in Alaska while his fiance takes all the heat for being a young, unwed mother.”Thank you for writing it! I agree completely. Levi and Bristol made a mistake. But good for him for standing beside her in the fire.

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  7. I like your political posts! On more than one occasion, your research and opinion have been the springboard for my own. On this particular matter (and others) – I’m right there with you!You go girl!

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  8. I like your political commentary, Leslie! Keep it up (just because I have stayed away from it on my blog doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading yours!) I’ve actually been shocked at the outright hatred the media is exhibiting towards Palin. I probably shouldn’t be, but I was…Politics can be so discouraging. And the speeches are such an insult to intelligence…(at least Obama’s was imo).

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  9. Hey, Les! Glad you’re starting to take this on. I, too, agree with your initial assesment of Levi”s presence. When I figure out exactly what I think them I’m sure I’ll eventually blog about it too. :^) I see so many pros and cons to so many aspects of this election that I hardly know where to start with a straightforward opnion. And that from one of the most opinionated people I know – me.

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  10. Bring it on! If we disagree, well, you certainly have the right to be wrong! Kidding! 🙂

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  11. i haven’t stayed away because of your political views, i’ve just put my idol aside! (the computer!!!) i’ve even quit posting pictures daily!!! talk about conviction!!and as for your views, we are so like minded it’s beautiful. i just can’t articulate my feelings on paper that well at all. just in action! so keep on writing and stating facts and opinions. it’s your blog afterall!!!oh, and you’ve got to read “Do Hard Things” soon. My son is turning 14 in a few days and it’s such an awesome book for teens. I can’t wait to give it to him.

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