I can’t believe the news, and I’m not quite sure how it will play out. When I got home yesterday from being away and saw that Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter, Bristol Palin, is five months pregnant I admit to having mixed feelings on the issue.
On the one hand, I’m glad she’s keeping the baby. I’m glad that her parents are supportive, but on the other hand…
I need to back up.
This was a brilliant move on McCain’s part strategically. When I told a college friend of mine that she was the nominee, he remarked that his pastor said that her nomination would actually make him take notice of the race again. This was part of what McCain hoped for. Dobson also got on board with this pick.
It added electricity to the election, and I believe that—for the first time—the Republicans actually were interested in what was going on with their guy instead of just thinking about the other guy.
I have to admit—the thought of Gov. Palin debating Sen. Biden has me interested. I’m hoping that she’s as articulate as they need, for she could be as hard to debate as Hillary was for Lazio if played correctly.
That’s why, to some extent, I think that there will be an outpouring of sympathy for this revelation about the baby inside her non-married 17 year old daughter. Those that have been in the situation before will want to reach out to Gov. Palin and the daughter and express their support. It’s impossible for it to remain a secret—which, to me, says they were ready for it when she got the nomination.
But here’s the rub. My wife’s initial reaction and mine were different to the story. To me, I saw the first two angles, and her reaction was, “Well, it’s over for the Republicans.”
It wasn’t until I thought about it later that I understood fully what she meant. You see, the problem of the baby is not the baby’s mom—whether Trig was actually born to Sarah or Bristol. The problem is the “working mom.”
It’s no secret that many women work—some because they’re the only source of income and some because they’re part of a two-family income. What is the secret is that usually the family suffers in some way. The fact that Gov. Palin is rising in her career, and looking for the #2 spot in the land and that her family (already “needy” because of five children, one of which having Down Syndrome) has evidenced the signs of not being aware of where Bristol’s relationship was going.
That begs the question—how is this race and (if they were elected) Presidency going to effect that family?
- Yes, it’s tangential to the question of can she govern1.
- Yes, it’s personal to some degree.
- Yes, she’ll probably have child care as the VP.
The point is that this pick was made because of her appeal to women and to evangelicals. I have no doubt that the women will rally around her, but what about the Evangelicals?
The sticky part is the Bible. In the qualifications for a Pastor and Deacon in I Timothy2, we see that we’re to look at how these men lead their home. Now, one could say that we should look to Gov. Palin’s husband, then, instead of her in looking at what has gone on under her roof.
The problem is that she is her kids mom. She’s part of the parental unit. And she’s off running the state.
Will this effect the Evangelical vote?
I’m not sure. Since so many of them work, and will feel sympathy, I doubt it. To me, this just illustrates where our culture is headed. We’re supposed to look to our own dreams, goals and aspirations, and in the mean time our kids—our true future—are treated with as accessories that are “nice to have.”
- Which is moot because, other than breaking ties in the Senate and attending funerals, she wouldn’t be leading unless McCain were out of commission for one reason or the other.
- Yes, I know she’s not applying to be a Pastor or Deacon, and you know my position on that…