Gov. Palin’s biggest asset is that she’s a real person. Not that I believe the other candidates are space aliens, but she is the first person on either ticket that’s not a Senator, does not have money in their background, and oh yeah, she’s a girl.
As the Politico reports, even some of the new revelations about what is going on her family may end up helping her, rather than hurting her.
Because the more things that aren’t going right in a family, the more people believe that “she’s one of us.” That she goes through the same kinds of struggles. In a day in age where people believe that politicians are detached from the rest of the world, Gov. Palin strikes us as someone that we can actually relate to—especially when we see pictures like the one above where she has a child in one arm and a blackberry in another.
How many mommy-bloggers can relate to that?
The problem is that this woman has decided that she would pursue the Vice Presidency despite her family. She has already made a series of choices that we may not have chosen.
Up until this past week, her daughter’s pregnancy was known to her hometown, and no one else. Today, everyone knows that Bristol Palin is pregnant without being married. Regardless if it’s a good comparison with Obama- who said that he didn’t want his daughters to be punished with a baby—it’s still a whole lot more exposure than most single moms get. I can’t think of any parents that I know of that would put a job over family in airing embarrassing details about their lives.
Then again, today’s press seems to really love digging up DWI’s and the like, so I’m not sure that anyone’s safe here.
Journalists are pouncing all over the fact that Gov. Palin is pro-Abstinence Only education and that she also has a 17-year old daughter who’s pregnant. They claim it’s hypocrisy.
While they can make a valid attack that the Gov. Palin did not teach her daughter those values, the logical leap between Abstinence Only education and what happened in her case is flawed.
Bristol was in a comprehensive sex education class before her mom, the Governor, put into place Abstinence Only education. If anything, it’s a failure on the part of the comprehensive education, because even with teaching her “how to be safe” she still ended up pregnant. Oh, and let’s not forget the boy in this story.
In all this discussion, however, we must keep the correct framework in mind. Like I was recently reminded, the highest calling for a woman is not to be a wife and mother. It’s not to be President of the United States or shatter glass ceilings.
It’s to know God and develop a relationship with Him.
Once she has that relationship right, and if He’s told her to do this, then He will bring it to pass.