The inveterate muck-raking of Sara Palin’s daughter’s personal life, particularly her unremarkable decision at 17 to have a baby and marry the father, is that it is not about her or her daughter. Instead, it’s supposed to be a sign of McCain’s reckless decision-making and an implication that other skeleton’s lurk int he closet.
That may be true for some, but that’s just a ruse. It’s a cover, an alibi. It’s obvious the collision of an evangelical Republican woman and her family’s ordinary problems is supposed to make us all despair. No one’s good! Everyone’s a hypocrite! It’s like the thin tissue of relevance surrounding the Jon Benet Ramsey killing. In that case, we were all invited by the media to look in horror at her over-sexualized beauty contest performances. The media claim they show us these images to demonstrate their awfulness and as part of the story. But then they repeat the glamour shots ad nauseum.
McCain should be judged on his merits. If he rushed to pick her that should not be a surprise. This guy rushes to antagonize Russia, rarely knows the facts of any important issue, and is a shoot-from-the-hip kind of guy. He always has been. This is not news. This is part of his appeal to some.
But even if he discovered Palin’s daughter was pregnant, should that have disqualified her? Should he have not nominated her? Hardly. The Left’s cynicism and despair are a far cry from the moral realism of social conservatives, who are well aware that stuff happens, kids get pregnant, and that it’s far more admirable in this day and age to allow that unexpected child to live than to abort it, as Obama has implied he’d encourage his daughters in a similar situation.
Palin’s daughter’s human weaknesses are far less of a commentary on either her or her mom’s character, whereas Obama’s admission that he’d encourage his daughters to have an abortion rather than be “punsihed witha baby” shows him to be a callous, overly image-conscous human being.
This will backfire on the Democrats. There may be other legitimate concerns about Palin, such as her flirtation with the Alaska secessionist movement. But things like her husband’s 20 year old DUI or her daughter’s pregnancy will only make the Left look mean-spirited and judgmental, traints which they project upon evangelicals without understanding in the least the basic vibe of Christian churches, which is very much the opposite. Tales of lives gotten off track are not new to such people; any set-back is rightly seen in today’s Christian churches chiefly as an opportunity to get back on track and honor God going-forward.