I see that no one else on the Handmirror has posted anything on John McCain's choice of Vice-Presidential candidate so I thought I might as well add some thoughts.
I actually feel a bit conflicted on the whole thing but not for the reasons that you might assume. On one hand I think it is terrific a woman is on the ticket of a major party and has a chance of becoming Vice-President or even *gasp* President. But on the other I feel a bit disappointed that the parties still need to make a big a deal about selecting an XX candidate and seem to expect us to give them a cookie for finally getting around to selecting a woman for executive office. It seems really patronizing especially when many of the people who feel like this selection is some sort achievement often have a penis.
But one thing I haven't been so conflicted about is seeing and hearing the same old sexist garbage leveled at Palin that have been used on just about every woman who has ever stood for office. And what better place to start than her appearance because we all know that women candidates shouldn't be judged on their abilities and what they stand for. Of course the left aren't the only the only ones immune to this sort of crap:
For those who didn't see American Pie, explanation is here and yes the website is real.
But I suppose the appearance stuff is eventually going to get boring in which case her role as a mother will provide plenty of fodder for pundits and the conspiracy theorists. The authors of this despicable post and the follow-up clearly forgot to engage their brain or any form of compassion when they hit 'publish.' It is one thing to attack a candidates policies and experience, it is another to sit there and pass judgment over a candidate's pregnant body and it is a new form of low to do so against her teenage daughter. Truly vile.
I'm sure the authors of the post are feeling vindicated that the allegation was half-true and 17 year old Bristol Palin is pregnant with her own baby while many other so-called 'progressives' will be frothing at the mouth to hold the teenager's pregnancy up as a great example of how abstinence-only sex education does not work. Again I ask that they show some compassion and STFU. We all know that being a teen parent is unbelievably tough. Instead of support from the community they often a criticism and ridicule for having got themselves into that predicament. This teenager is lucky to have support from her family and the father however that criticism and ridicule from community has been infinitely amplified by the American Presidential campaign swirling around her. So let's cut this kid a break and leave her to live her life just as we would any other pregnant teen whose mother isn't running for office.
Yes I know if a daughter of a democrat happened to get pregnant or undergo an abortion she'd be up for heinous attacks. But that's the annoying thing about political principles, they only mean something if you stick by them when they are inconvenient.