If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me going crazy last Friday about McCain’s VP pick. I also happened to be in Ohio for a wedding which heightened the excitement a little more than usual. Alot has happened since Friday, particularly relative to Palin’s family life. So I cant help but share some of my thoughts on the matter here on my blog.
I was disgusted over the weekend to read all the Internet rumors about McCain VP nominee Sarah Palin allegedly faking her 5th pregnancy to cover up for her eldest daughter’s teen pregnancy. Those rumors were swiftly proven false when the photos referenced as proof of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy turned out to be 2 years old.
As the media storm ensues, questioning the quality of vetting (so sick of hearing that), many wonder if McCain will pull away from Palin, and some speculate that this news will turn away those who flocked to McCain’s team after last Friday’s veepstakes.
But as I read through the OpEds, Blogs, and newsarticles, I found one that made the most sense to me, surprisingly, from the LA times. Blogger Andrew Malcom tells the story from a strategy perspective, and it makes good sense to me. Click here to read the full story.
For my ultra conservative friends out there, don’t be too quick to turn your back on Palin now. Christian Conservatives, including James Dobson, understand the reality and can separate the personal from the political:
Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have. — James Dobson
My two cents is this: First of all, the bloggers need to be held to some sort of journalistic professionalism and check their facts before churning the rumor mill. Second, Bristol Palin is in no way making headlines for being an unwed teen mother, other than that she is the daughter of the GOP VP candidate. Teenagers the world over are having sex like rabbits and this inconvenient truth for the Palin family is a warning to all American families, don’t think it can’t happen to you. And finally, I like Sarah Palin. I like that she’s a “hockey mom” and that she is “one of us.” She didn’t go to an Ivy League school; she didn’t come from a wealthy and well connected family. She is just an average American woman, wife, and mom who wants to make the world a better place for her five kids and future grandkids. I like this woman. She knew what she was getting herself into when she made the decision to run with McCain and her courage to stand in the face of all the mudslinging, gossip and lies is inspiring. She is doing what she believes is right for her family, her country, and her career. Who can fault a hard working American woman for that?
Good Job Sarah. You’ve got my vote.