Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
I have to disagree. If she was truly devoted to her family, she would, knowing that at this particular point in time her daughter's pregnancy would become dinner table conversation with people deliciously assuming the worst as they generally do and being the mother of a newly born downs syndrome child, continue to serve as Governor and let her star rise at a time when it would not be a source of controversy and embarrassment to her daughter and perhaps the family of the self styled "******* redneck who is baby's daddy. . Armed with that knowledge she went ahead. Piss poor. I don't know of a lot of loving mothers who would do that. Period. Country first indeed.
Well, let me be clear. I wrote: "She came across as personable, feisty, and devoted to her ever-increasing family." I didn't say that she is
devoted to her family, only that she came across
as devoted to her family. Palin established her image as a devoted mother (and soon-to-be grandmother); it will be the job of others to establish if the image is accurate or not. But then we shouldn't expect her to do much more than establish her image in an acceptance speech. After all, she wasn't giving a closing argument in a trial or a deathbed confession.
As for Palin's duty to her pregnant daughter, I think you're treading very close to a double standard here. I don't recall any similar sentiments from you, for instance, when John Edwards decided to run for president despite his duty to his cancer-stricken wife. But the fact is that one is presented with very few opportunities in life to run on a major-party ticket, and there's certainly no guarantee that Sarah Palin will get a second bite at this particular apple (Allah willing). It is, to be sure, unfortunate that her one shot at political stardom should coincide with her unmarried teenage daughter getting knocked up, and I'm sure Bristol Palin is simply mortified
that her mother's sudden appearance on the national stage has made hers America's most talked-about bun-in-the-oven since Pop'n Fresh, but them's are the breaks. Palin is tough -- she's a hockey mom, she's like a pitbull (fyi, she's the one wearing the lipstick). And Bristol will get over it -- after all, it's not like she is going to be dwelling anywhere but in the dim twilight of Alaskan obscurity when the baby is due in January.