(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?