Monday, September 1, 2008
Sarah Palin's Labor Day Weekend
72 hours and counting...
This backstage picture from Friday's photo shoot for People magazine had tongues wagging immediately. After all, pictures of celebrity baby bumps and celebs battling post-baby fat are more popular than lolz cats on the Internets these days. So the first untold truth leaks out whether they wanted it to or not.
Bristol Palin, age 17, is pregnant out of wedlock. She will marry the father, eventually. The report is that she is five months pregnant, which puts her out of the running for being Trig Palin's mom. The timing could be a lie, because they are lying a lot. If she's three months pregnant, she could still be the one who gave birth to the baby she holds in her arms in this picture.
But let's assume the official time line is true, and that Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig on April 18, 2008. (Note that those are two different assumptions.) By coincidence, it was a Friday. That is the day her water broke in Texas, she flew for eight hours plus from Dallas to Seattle to Anchorage while having labor pains, then drove 50 minutes to a small clinic on the outskirts of Wasilla to give birth to a special needs baby 30 days premature, risking sepsis and who knows what other complications. Then according to her official website, she was back at work three days later, which would be Monday, April 21. Little Trig Palin had a full time mommy for 72 whole hours.
Some may accuse me of being sexist here, but I adamantly deny that charge. Newborn babies have no understanding of language. They have three non-negotiable demands, and these demands can be made any time, day or night.
1. Feed me!
2. Hold me!
3. Clean me!
Anyone who cares about the child can do the second or third, but demand #1 is really "Feed me, mommy!" This isn't chauvinism. This is Biology 101. Anyone who has a family or even has a younger sibling knows this. How a mother of four could forget it and go back to work and consider it a point of pride is beyond me.
But so much of what Sarah Palin considers common sense good ideas are just as bewildering, and so many of the things she has said in these first 72 hours of mega-celebrity have already turned out to be lies. She knew what she was throwing her oldest daughter into. She didn't care. She positions herself as a reformer when she was the chairwoman of corrupt old scumbag Ted Stevens' political action committee. She ran for governor on a platform of building The Bridge To Nowhere, then changed her mind when she got into office. For a quick rundown of her political sins, check out the Progressive Alaska blog run by Philip Munger.
But all of this truly reflects on John McCain. Either he knew about Palin's life or he didn't.
If he knew, he's a God forsaken idiot, because no Republican in their right mind would want to lift the rock off of Alaska politics and have a bright light shining down on what is squirming and festering underneath. It makes Florida or Louisiana or Chicago look squeaky clean by comparison.
If he didn't know, he's a lazy old man who can't be bothered to do the hard work that it takes to be president.
Either way, he lacks judgment, which all the experience in the world can't give to someone who isn't paying attention.
Our country and the whole world cannot afford him as our next president.
From my lips to God's ear. Amen.