Sarah Palin

Whatever else I might think about the Republican approach to abortion, I’ll say this — their new VP nominee walks the walk.

By inspirational contrast, Palin, says of her new son, Trig: “I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?” Three days after she gave birth, Palin was back in her Anchorage office with her husband and Trig. “I can think of so many male candidates,” she tells the AP, “who watched families grow while they were in office. There is no reason to believe a woman can’t do it with a growing family. My baby will not be at all or in any sense neglected.”

I hope that her presence on the ticket will bring greater awareness of the needs of mothers, and of women’s concerns generally. That could only be a good thing.

ETA: Looks like I was optimistic.

8 thoughts on “Sarah Palin

  1. Indeed! I was just reading the news and thinking what a shame it is that she’s not running for president.

    She’s a brilliant pick on McCain’s part, though!

  2. I could never vote for Sarah Palin, especially because of her views on environment and gun control. But she definitely has come through the ultimate test of prolife beliefs, and I’ve heard rumors that she is pro contraception. Not to mention an outspoken, assertive woman with something of a feminist consciousness (conservative though it may be).

    Although the feminist revolution remains incomplet, it speaks volumes for the social success of feminism over time that women like Sarah Palin can be lauded by Republicans as well as Democrats.

  3. I’ve done what millions of others have done this weekend and googled her, and am impressed with some of what she’s done. Cutting the salary of the mayor and governor positions she held, auctioning off the private jet used by Alaska governors, taking on the corrupt Republicans and taxing the oil companies.

    One thing that has had me screaming at the TV commentators is this repeated ASSumption that ALL women care about is abortion. Yes, plenty of women will be turned off by some of her positions, but even pro-choice polling data (Center for Gender Equality, 1996 or 97) shows that around half of women identify as pro-life (actually that poll shows more than half). NOW and PP have done a great job trying to convince the media and politicians that women are lemmings focused solely on securing abortion rights (essentially to their own detriment), and maybe Palin and the groundswell of support she’s receiving from women (particularly young women) will show them they’re wrong.

    I’m really excited to hear all of the talk about Down Syndrome. The last statistic I heard was something around 90% of DS children are aborted (because so far society has come to the conclusion that people who are differently abled are not equal and have no right to be alive). Her decision to love her child before and after birth is an example to the rest of America, and may save a few lives in the process.

  4. If your entire view of “being pro-life” boils down to opposition to abortion, then Sarah Palin’s the ideal candidate.

    If being “pro-life” includes banning capital punishment, increasing the tattered social safety net, addressing global warming, and being antiwar, then she is as big a failure as McCain is.

    Let’s keep our eye on the ball here.

  5. Of course, if your definition of being pro-life includes opposition to abortion, Obama is at least as big a failure as McCain is.

    The sad fact is that there really are no good (major) candidates in this race. And as long as we live in a binary political system in which we have to choose between the essentially meaningless terms “liberal” or “conservative” to define ourselves, we’re probably not going to see anyone much better.

    The refreshing thing about Palin, and what I think resonates with a lot of people, is that, as Jen said, she walks the walk. A lot of abortion opponents, myself included, welcome a very public figure who isn’t a hypocrite and isn’t just using the issue of abortion to score votes.

  6. pro-life atheist: No kidding! I’m so tired of hearing how women will only vote for pro-choicers. There are groups of women who will, of course — second-wave feminists who supported Clinton and are disgruntled about Obama are not going to be won over to McCain because he picked Palin. But even leaving aside the fact that half of women are pro-life: only about 10% of the public will refuse to vote for a candidate if that candidate doesn’t share their views on abortion. More than half of that 10% are pro-life.

    captcrisis: I think Palin’s politics are abysmal, and I’m not voting for her. (But then, the way things are going, it’s possible that won’t even be an option.) Nonetheless, it’s good to see someone stick to their principles when the going gets tough. As Sarah says, she’s not just using the abortion issue to score votes. I also appreciate her attitude that a woman should be able to do anything that a man can do, and motherhood shouldn’t be a barrier.

  7. Jen R.:

    You’re right about Palin “walking the walk” at least as to her teenage daughter. I’ll give her that much. Republicans tend to desert their rhetoric when it comes to their own families. I’m sure there are lots of them who sent their daughters to an abortionist and we’ve never heard about it.

    As for motherhood not being a barrier, that could be said about most female politicians, because most female politicians have raised children.

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