Frankly, I’m amazed. Having heard for so many months that the Obama campaign doesn’t fight back against republicans, and having countered endless ad hominems about Rezko, Michelle, Ayers, Elitism, and Columns, I’m now being admonished by liberals throughout the blogosphere not to pick on McCain’s VP choice, and the contradictions in her family morality
Fine then. Hamstring yourselves. The republicans use Palin’s family values politically, as a key part of her appeal to an evangelical anti-contraception base. If those same advertised family values prove to be illusory and wrong, let’s ignore that because we’re better than that…
Come on. We all know this argument sucks…
Sarah Palin deserves a pass perhaps. Her daughter even more so. But John McCain and the republicans don’t. That they used this woman and her daughter in their cynical manipulation of identity politics needs endless refutation and rememberance, requires constant putting about.
Let’s be clear about this. In an act of egregious cynicism and recklessness, John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his VP, without proper vetting, and merely in response to the perceived identity politics dissensions in the democratic party.
John McCain, in collusion I assume with Sarah Palin, subjected a 17 year old girl to this level of vetting and scrutiny.
I am the father of a girl, soon to be 16, and a son who is just 18. If one of them had got pregnant, or got someone else pregnant, I can imagine the repercussions.
That a politician would launch such a vulnerable person into the most important and media driven campaign in the free world defies belief.
And the fault does not lie at the feet of the liberal blogosphere. No way. It lies with cynical reckless politicians who started this.