Friday, August 29, 2008

well, she's no jindal

but i suppose she'll have to do

23 comments:

The Jay said...

That makes me feel a lot better about integrity in American politics.

Adam said...

Meh.

edluv said...

do as what? another female vp on a losing ticket?

Uncle Skip said...

It seems that, for at least a moment, everyone had forgotten that the DNC had just ended.
Has anyone, besides Alaskans, even heard of her before?

Daisy said...

I'm kinda likin' her so far. And Ed, it is FAR from a losing ticket at this point... but I will stop short of climbing up on my soapbox.

edluv said...

climb on up. i'd love to hear how mccain is a viable candidate for the most of the republican party base. and, how a candidate with 2 years experience as governor of the 47th least populous state, mayor of a small town, sportscaster, & runner up for miss alaska improves the ticket.

edluv said...

did you hear that her daughter is 17 and pregnant. no joke.

anna said...

why is that a big deal?

edluv said...

well, it depends on who you ask if it's a big deal. but, traditionally republican have emphasized "values". which values? that's a great question. and how it gets answered comes to ideology.

but, for the sake of simplicity i will say that the republican party has typically taken a stand against sex outside of marriage and children outside of wedlock. so, many republicans have spoken out about 17 year olds having kids (especially if they end up on gov't aid).

now, party officials are saying that this is a "family issue." well, that's true. but this party has demonized families involved in such non-traditional child rearing practices. so it seems rather convenient, perhaps even hypocritical that it's a 'family issue' and something that shouldn't be discussed. it makes it seems like it's okay to talk about when it's not your family, but stfu if it is.

i respect senator obama's answer, which i feel is more consistent with how his party has treated this subject,

"This shouldn't be part of our politics," he continued, "It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor, or her potential performance as a vice president.

"And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories," he said. "You know my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and, you know, teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that's off limits."

Adam said...

Zing! It doesn't.

My big deal is her pro-life, pro-gun, pro-death penalty, pro-creationism in school science courses stances and she's got an itty bitty amount of experience at a high level in politics, and the list goes on. But, I vote for progressives so it doesn't really matter.

Adam said...

Oops, that should say "It isn't" in reference to whether or not it's a big deal.

The judgement of a child of a politician doesn't really reflect on the politician themself. What child wasn't breaking rules and regulations their parents set down when they were 17?

Adam said...

Who knows, maybe Bristol will buck even more rules next year and register as a Democrat.

anna said...

LOL Adam...

I hope that I won't be judged for every mistake my daughter makes, even if they were in some way my fault.

Lulu said...

She is also a runner and runs 7-10 miles daily, thats awesome.

edluv said...

uh oh anna, you're calling her daughter's joyous event a mistake. that may undercut palin's pride in her daughter's decision making skills.

anna said...

lol...i'm pretty sure even she'd call it a mistake. i don't think they are claiming that it was planned.

Uncle Skip said...

Maybe the word 'accident' should be substituted for for 'mistake.' The mistake occurred before the accident and was all about two people making a poor choice.
I'm sure there's a lesson about poor planning there too.

Adam said...

Or at least a lesson on condom application.

Justin said...

Yes, condom application lessons. But kids don't need that, because abstinence only education clearly works, and we should tie education funding to mandatory abstinence ed.

Sarah, why?!

Monticore said...

Just reading the flow and again I'm so surprised how "accepting" McCain supporters are of Bristol's predicament. I don't usually see this reaction in real from the religious right when say the pastor's daughter gets knocked up

flowgun said...

I like Adam's take. And I think it's the bottom line for many republicans. They're willing to overlook the pregnancy because they're getting a vp candidate who supports many of the boilerplate republican perspectives.

I sit here and listen to my parents talk about the issue... and I KNOW they would be much less forgiving if the pregancy had been tied to a democratic candidate.

Then again, maybe my parents have just been softened on the issue because one of their kids had a child outside of marriage. Somehow that has a way of affecting your outlook.

Anonymous said...

i vote that next time justin is in town he leads a class on condom application; not trying to be a jerk, just think that it would be a fun party theme especially if justin were in charge.
Also i haven't spent much time on anyones blog but my wife's has anyone brought up the baby daddy's myspace page? apparently lots of good ammo for republican haters. i think he is the real victim here.
woody

edluv said...

i don't know if it's just ammo for repub haters, but there surely is comedy like:
occupation - pipe layer.