Sarah Palin has been John McCain’s running mate for less than a week now and I’m already so sick of her I want to punch my TV. I feel like I know more about her and her family than I do about my own family.Â I certainly know more about her than I do about any of my neighbors.Â What I find most annoying though, is how much coverage is being given to a question that no one even asked:
How can Sarah Palin shirk her womanly mommy duties to run for VP?
Seems to me that we have a bunch of newscasters who are offended that the question was even asked… when they were the ones bringing it up in the first place.Â I guess they had to, though.Â I mean, they can’t point out that “no one would ask that question of a man” if no one asked it of Palin.
Sarah Palin has a 5-month-old with downs syndrome and a pregnant 17-year-old daughter at home.Â Rather than ignoring the question of whether she’s being a crappy mom and instead pointing out some gender bias, maybe we should be talking about how she’s a crappy mom for abandoning and exploiting her family for political gain.Â Why are we pretending that the question is irrelevant because we don’t ask men that question?Â Why don’t we ask that question and agree that it’s just as wrong for a man to abandon his wife, disabled newborn, pregnant teen daughter and his three other children to run for office?Â Why not just say, “You know, we should be asking men this question, too.” Instead of, “How dare you ask her! she’s a woman!”
So, while everyone else is mad that anyone dare point out the flaws of a working mother/saint, I guess I’ll be the one to say it:Â Sarah Palin is a selfish, shitty mom.Â She needs to be at home with her family.Â Not “at home” in a pearls-and-heels-while-vacuuming kind of way.Â Not “at home” in a that’s-where-women-belong kind of way.Â She needs to be “at home” in a not-on-the-other-side-of-the-continent kind of way.Â She needs to be “at home” in an emotionally-available-for-her-family-in-crisis kind of way.
You’d think that a woman with 5 kids, a woman who was pregnant just a few months ago, would be empathetic to her daughter’s situation as a first-time expectant mom.Â Pregnancy is scary. It’s terrifying when you’re 30 and married with two incomes and you’re a homeowner.Â It’s terrifying when it’s planned.Â It’s terrifying when you’ve been waiting for the “just right” time to start a family.Â Sarah should know that.Â She’s been pregnant 5 times.
I won’t pretend to know what her daughter needs right now, but what her daughter doesn’t need right now is to be put on display, against her will, for the entire nation to judge her. She does not need to be the headline of every major newspaper. She does not need to be scapegoated for possible downfall of the G.O.P and her mother’s political career.
What she probably needs right now is her mom nearby offering her guidance and emotional support; away from cameras, away from Washington, away from opinion polls.
Why are the media talking about Palin like she’s some kind of superhero mom?Â She’s in the PTA.Â She’s governor of Alaska.Â She carpools to hockey practice. She cooks moose burgers for her family.Â She flew home from Texas to Alaska while she was in labor… on the back of a pegasus… unicorns were waiting for her at the airport to whisk her away to the hospital… she was throwing gold coins at homeless eskimos between contractions… Jesus was her midwife and when the baby crowned, a chorus of five thousand Boticelli angels erupted in chorus, singing a song penned by the Almighty himself about how Sarah Palin is the greatest mother ever to grace His 6,000 year-old universe.
It’s just a shame her job as supermom kept her too busy to talk to her teenage daughter about condoms.Â Or to be around to help her other 3 kids cope with having to share a house with a hormonal pregnant bitch sister and a retarded baby.Â Or to help her husband manage 5 kids, two of whom need more attention than most kids their age.
I’m putting politics completely aside here.Â I don’t care what party she belongs to or what office she’s running for or where she stands on what issues.Â She’s a shitty mom.Â And if she were a man, she’d be a shitty dad.Â She has no business running for VP right now.
It’s not anti-woman.Â It’s not anti-working mom.Â It’s demanding that parents be around to care for their children.
Once you decide to become a parent, you don’t get to fly around the country campaigning for your dream job if it’s going to take away from your family when they need you.Â That’s the sacrifice you make for your kids.
Too bad Bristol Palin isn’t going learn that from her mom.