Sarah Palin Could Run for World’s Worst Mother and Win

By Fred

John McCain must have smoked really bad catnip before picking an appallingly unqualified running mate like Sarah Palin. It’s hard to imagine even the most disenchanted Hillary supporter wasting her vote on such a rube.

Palin has spent the vast majority of her career fulfilling her dream of being a big fish in a tiny Alaskan puddle called Wasilla by serving on city council and as mayor. Her bizarre leap to the governorship in 2006 could only be possible in a state where the pickings are slim – say, 670,053 souls scattered across a tundra.

When she wasn’t trying to run Alaska, Palin single-handedly boosted her state’s population by giving birth to a litter of 5 (and counting).

After 8 years of watching Bush butcher foreign relations, it takes real idiots to relish the possibility of a President Palin on the world stage in the semi-likely event McCain croaks in office. A woman who didn’t even have a passport until 2007 is no match for the likes of Vladmir Putin, Hugo Chavez, and Mahmoud Amadinejhad.

Conservatives love Palin because she believes kids should remain ignorant about sex and learn abstinence instead. To prove how well Mom’s approach works, Palin’s unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, stepped up to the plate and will be giving birth in December, during her senior year of high school.

That means Palin’s own infant son will be an uncle to Bristol’s baby before he’s even a year old.

It must warm Republicats’ hearts to see this loving, caring mother feeding her own political ambition by throwing her pregnant teenage daughter under the media bus of this mud-slinging election during her last trimester – with McCain’s blessing. It really shows the world what fine stuff this ticket is made of.

Usually, you can only see public displays of such deep maternal concern on Jerry Springer.

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26 Responses to Sarah Palin Could Run for World’s Worst Mother and Win

  1. Adele says:

    Fred, Fred, Fred,

    Before you start licking your whiskers too much, let me refer you to an article that I found in Common Dreams (a left/liberal clearing house,with which you might be familiar). The article is called “The Reality of the Political Mind,” and it’s by George Lakoff. Lakoff reminds us that Palin’s nomination is not based on external realities — on which the Republicans don’t have a chance, but rather on “symbolic mechanisms of the political mind.” I think you’ll find the article most provocative. For a laugh, you might also go to Levi (Smith, I think, Bristol’s baby daddy)’s Facebook page. It will reassure you of the great gene pool from this latest spawn will draw. Best from Alice.

    Adele, the human namesake

  2. In lieu of actual education, ya’know – something other than the failed abstinence-only program of Ms Palin, it’s a pity I didn’t catch Mr Levi in my catch-fix-release program before he knocked up poor Ms Bristol… Of course I only catch randy tom-cats in my small neighbourhood…

  3. Robin says:

    While I’m no fan of the McCain ticket, I’m not sure I’d be running around blasting Palin for her parenting skills. This scenario shows that teenagers might just have sex. Especially when you tell them not to do it. It happens. Perhaps over-sheltering children and not equipping them with the all the tools available to them may not be the best way to go about things as far as educational policy is concerned.

    This might also be a lesson for government officials as far as legislating morality. If they want the public to butt out of their private lives, perhaps the government should butt out of the private lives of the public.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, I haven’ seen the article you mentioned, but I’ll look it up when I get a breather. It’s true that the Republicats have not let facts get in their way while forming their nutty ideologies for quite some time now.

    Robin, it’s not just Palin’s failure to be there when Bristol needed to learn about the birds and the bees that got my goat. It’s the icing on the cake.

    The woman was governor of Alaska when she decided to have a FIFTH child. Who needs 5 kids, especially when she conceived him at 43, which greatly raises the risk of birth defects.

    And now we know that she wasn’t paying attention to the 4 she already had, insofar as being around to instill her silly Republican ideals of abstinence into them.

    Not to mention letting her daughter’s predicament become front-page news, instead of turning down the VP-ship to spare Bristol the humiliation. The best she would do was let Bristol hold her infant brother to conceal her baby bump while Mom gave her acceptance speech. When I realized what that was all about, I almost coughed up a hairball.

    Predictably, that 5th child was born with Down Syndrome and will always have special needs. So what is Palin doing? Running for national office. Either she thinks the VP slot is some cushy part-time gig she can handle in her spare time, or she has every intention of doing her job right and neglecting her infant.

    When it comes to naked ambition, she’s beginning to make Hillary look like a Girl Scout.

    It floors me that anyone would think Palin should be next in line for the presidency, especially since she’s running with a guy who’s closer to the end of his natural life span than any other candidate.

    After Bush, I didn’t think Republicats could get any dumber. But with their rejoicing over Bristol’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy as “life-affirming” and “proof that God forgives our sins,” they’ve sailed far over the cliff of sanity.

    Bookstore Piet, I’m with you on spaying and neutering for humans if all the Republicats can come up with is “Just Say No” to unprotected premarital sex. They’ve obviously learned nothing from tomcats.

  5. petunia says:

    I agree that Palin is a disaster–she’s the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats! Did you know she flew after her water broke? Something that can lose you custody in some jurisdictions. And that she went back to work 3 days after this “special needs” child was born? Family values indeed!

  6. MorganLF says:

    I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig; Whaaaaaaaat? Lifelong member of the NRA? Former local sports caster? Beauty Pageant winner?

    What no Harvard Law School? What befuddled old- man think pushed this cup cake to the front of the line? Was the idiot so afraid of losing the creepy evangelicals that he forsook the obvious choice Romney? McCain lost all his cred when he started drinking the Bush cool-aid. This choice of running mate is so awful that Democrats are doing the happy dance. Then maybe dolly can go back to mothering Track and Trig…looks like its too late for Bristol.

  7. catsworking says:

    Morgan, you’re always good for a laugh. I just saw the names of all Palin’s kids this morning and thought, “Humans give better names to their pets.”

    When McCain’s pick was first announced and everyone seemed ga-ga over how WONDERFUL it was, I thought the end was near. Thank goodness common sense is bubbling to the surface and bloggers are boldly saying what the chickens in politics are too PC to say – Palin’s a bad mother and a virtually untested leader from a backwater state with no people. Not to mention that she looks like she hasn’t been to a hairdresser in years. Maybe Cindy McCain can give her a makeover.

    We cats look forward to seeing her get run through the media shredder. Hardly a day has passed since she was plucked from obscurity that some major skeleton hasn’t already fallen out of her closet. I just read that she also belongs to some nutso church and there’s video of her giving a speech saying God wants war.

    That McCain was dumb enough to pick her – and she was stupid and greedy enough to accept, not having a clue what she was getting into – should make Obama and Biden’s job of crushing them both that much easier.

    Unfortunately, Palin won’t be able to go back to mothering Track. He’s on his way to Iraq on September 11 – a date she mentioned about 1,000 times in her acceptance speech in case anybody had forgotten it. She’ll be lucky if she doesn’t next see him in a body bag, thanks to her Grand Old Party.

  8. Shoshanah Goldman says:

    I’m still waiting for somone to tell us that we’ve been punked by McCain. I’m sorry but this family isn’t one that I’d like to see in the White House. We’ve got a DUI daddy, mamma with her NRA membership and a knocked-up Jamie Lynn Spears knock-off! Yes, this doesn’t even include soon-to-be son in-law Levi who likes to f’ed up and party! I really think that McCain has been spendy too much time in Cindy’s medicine cabinet and not enough time researching running mates. This doesn’t make former Hillary supporters vote for this nut job!

  9. MorganLF says:

    But then won’t she be the proud and noble parent…weeping next to a flag draped coffin? PHOTO OP!!

    Just like having a downs syndrome kid that she pays no attention to…Can you imagine the work? I have a friend who was a lawyer and had a downs syndrome child early on. SHe had to resign and become a full time caretaker. It’s no joke unless you are a an ambitious, greedy, right wing nut!

  10. catsworking says:

    It’s so heartening that women are seeing Palin for what she really is – an ambitious bimbo who lets nothing get in her way – including her kids. Any woman with half a brain who had her aspirations would have stopped after the first boy and girl.

    She completes the sleazy picture of the Republican ticket and makes a mockery of their claims of superior “family values.” McCain dumped his wife (when she was ill or recovering from an accident, if I recall) to hook up with his rich arm-candy trophy wife.

    In comparison, we have Obama on his rock-solid first marriage with 2 cute little girls, and Biden, whose tragic loss of his first wife and daughter (while bringing home a Christmas tree, no less), resulted in his second marriage to a woman his 2 sons love so much that they call her “Mom.”

    It’s too bad the Repubs can’t stop sniffing each other’s butts long enough to face reality.

  11. Robin says:

    Please, let me stress again, I’m not rooting for this situation. I’m no fan of her policy, and I certainly agree with you that it is appalling to knowingly thrust her 17 year old in the spotlight and think “this is a private matter” will cut it.

    What is a private matter is how many children a person chooses to have and when. If I am 43 and have chosen to not have any, that’s my perogative. She, at 43, is obviously still capable of bearing children. There are obviously risks involved, but the same holds true with people with chronic conditions as well. Do you begrudge them the opportunity to weigh the risks versus the opportunity with their health care provider?

    I also do not think that she should be held back in her career pursuits simply because she has a special needs child. To me, that equates to telling the child he should hold himself back simply because he has special needs. At 4/5 months old, we – the public – certainly don’t know the extent of this child’s abilities/disabilities. True, the child may not succeed. Ms. Palin may not succeed, but to tell her that she is irresponsible for trying just doesn’t sit right with me.

    And just to throw this out there – If a male politician like say, Obama, had a 4 month old special needs child and was running for office, would he be a bad father?

  12. catsworking says:

    What we find appalling about Palin is that she has 5 children – and McCain has 7 between his two marriages. Together, that’s 12 kids. Whether they did it deliberately or by willfully ignoring birth control, it’s overkill. With the world’s resources stretched to their limit, NOBODY needs that many children.

    When you couple that with politics, a 24/7 job, it means the kids will probably be raised by others. So if parents KNOW they aren’t going to be there for their children, why have them in the first place?

    Robin, I agree with you that there’s a double standard for men and women on this issue. But there’s no getting around the fact that it’s women who bear the children and often breastfeed them (sometimes exclusively) for a period of time. To call a man on the carpet for not being there for his newborn is absurd. He’s not physically equipped to fulfill a mother’s role.

    It’s when women try to take “equality” to levels that defy human anatomy that they shoot themselves in the foot. Palin can’t pass herself off as World’s Best Mom and God’s Gift to Politics. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do both jobs well without foisting some of the responsibility onto others, so Palin shouldn’t hog all the credit. Apparently, she’s got a house husband.

  13. Robin says:

    You could argue that nobody ever NEEDS any children at all. Would it have made it better had she adopted some, if not all, of those 5 kids? McCain did. And that child required years of surgery because of a severe cleft palate. No one told McCain he had to stay home so Cindy could not-breastfeed the adopted child that couldn’t eat in the first place. Cindy’s “equipment” is a rather moot point.

    There aren’t enough hours in the day to be a good MOM with out relying on the help of others. Trying to just get a night alone with your husband requires the help of a friend. You wish maid services were free because you just don’t have the time to get those dust bunnies in the corner. Sometimes you’re never as thankful as you are for that nice guy who held the door open for you at the drug store.

    With the support of family and friends, many women are able to juggle both family and career. It’s hard work, yes, but it’s do-able. To rake someone over the coals for having that support is what seems absurd.

  14. catsworking says:

    I just read about the child Cindy McCain adopted and, yes, as a former stray myself who lives with two former shelter cats, I do believe that more people should adopt the unwanted children who are already born – especially if those same people are so rabid to have them born in the first place because they don’t believe in abortion for any reason, like Palin does.

    On the Mom/career thing, I’m just saying it’s a matter of setting priorities. When someone decides to have a lot of kids, it’s a fluke if she turns out to be a dynamo at some other full-time job she holds outside the home, because many working mothers still believe that family comes first but employers should bend over backward to let them have it all.

    Karen spent many years as a single, childless woman in Corporate America, putting in extra hours and doing extra work so Moms could run home every time the school called saying their kid had the sniffles. Or not being able to take vacation on certain holidays so Moms could have the time with their families. Because Karen never had all they had, she was expected to take up the slack for women who just assumed the rest of the world was thrilled to accommodate their decision to cram their lives with more responsibilities that they could possibly handle.

    Cats have no control over the number of kittens in their litter, but most human women DO have a choice if they have the sense to exercise it.

  15. MorganLF says:

    It’s all about the responsibility. Foisting a special needs child on “help” or a house-husband is an abomination!

    She knew the risk and took it. It is HER JOB to raise those kids. Nature and biology dictates it to be so. It is not as relevant to ask a man how the children will be cared for. Don’t like it? Too bad petition the supreme being if you want changes.

    The mantra I reproduce because I canis utter nonsense. The more relevant move is to evaluate the impact of all these kids and their obvious lack of nurturing.

    If the alley-cat cannot control her mating urges then at least be responsible and use birth control!

    Doesn’t she “believe in birth control”? How piggy can you get? So every time dolly is in heat, she pops out another brat? That’s supposed to be good decision making? I too resent all the freebies these mothers with excess babies and often no daddies get in the workplace..hours off for school and doctors. Leaving early ‘cause junior slammed his head in the playground. Hey ladies you want babies? Get a husband and stay home and raise them so the rest of the work force does not have to pick up your slack or…ummm..this may be a radical thought…keep your legs closed!!

  16. catsworking says:

    Morgan, it sounds like you and Karen worked for the same company.

    The Republicats’ attitude that all these babies, born and yet to be, in the Palin family are proof of their life-affirming, God-loving attitude is gag-inducing.

    Palin’s just lucky she’s not Chinese.

  17. Annika says:

    Just read that Sarah Palin didn’t tell her kids about their new brother having the down syndrome and they were really shocked when they saw him for the first time. She said her kids still blame her for not being honest with them.

  18. Robin says:

    Thank you for the conversation – it looks as though we will have to agree to disagree. My main point is to not rush in attaching labels – especially when you’ve never met someone.

  19. petunia says:

    I would agree that in general it’s wrong to assume that women should bear the brunt of childrearing–it would be better for everyone if men took some of the responsibility. That said, when you look at this woman’s behavior regarding her pregnancy, it borders on criminal. She and her husband were in Texas when her water broke (which means she is then much more prone to infection). Apparently her husband was adamant that their child not be born in Texas so they got on a plane and flew 8 HOURS to Alaska–what she should have done is checked into a hospital immediately. When they landed in Alaska, they didn’t go to a metropolitan hospital equipped with the kind of technology that could deal with a difficult birth or a newborn whose health might be compromised. NO–they drove over an hour to a small clinic that had no special facilities. I have to say, the way she acted it seems as if she wanted the child to die–there is NO excuse for what she did. As I mentioned befoe, flying while in labor can mean you lose custody in some jurisdictions. There is an incredible amount of radiation you are exposed to at high altitudes–which is why any non-quack OB-GYN will tell a woman not to fly after the seventh month. Please, Palin’s behavior is indefensible. How does it demonstrate even a low level of concern for this child? Not to mention the way the baby was being passed around like a sack of potatoes at the convention–the sheer ambition behind ploy this was stomach-turning. And the hypocrisy of someone who wants “privacy” regarding her family but is committed to invading the privacy of every woman when it comes to THEIR choice. Make no mistake–she and McCain will outlaw birth control if they are elected–Bush has already made a proposal in this regard–it’s amazing there has been so little mention of this, although Hillary did talk about it. I think she is a dangerous woman, even to her own family.

  20. MorganLF says:

    Well said Petunia, thanks for summing it up so eloquently.

  21. catsworking says:

    Robin, waiting to pass judgment until you have physically met someone face-to-face is impractical 97% of the time. Every day, we are called upon to make decisions on things based on data that doesn’t come from first-hand experience. If we didn’t, the world would come to a standstill.

    Through the magic of TV, Sarah Palin has shown many of us enough of herself to persuade us it would be a mistake to put her in power. Ambition does not equal competence.

    Petunia, you have blown me away with your account of how the baby was born. I’d have to agree with you that her behavior bordered on criminal. And to top it off, she named the poor kid Trig. It’s like she has left no stone unturned in making sure he wouldn’t have a chance of making it in this world – right down to applying for a job that would most assuredly force her to neglect him for the next 4 years.

  22. Robin says:

    I’ll rephrase – judgments based on rather superficial information such as sound bytes

  23. Robin says:

    …and perhaps both of our points are made better by Gloria Steinem’s Op-Ed in the LATimes:

    Palin: wrong woman, wrong message

    Hope the link works.

    “This is not to beat up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can’t do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn’t say the same about a father. I get no pleasure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden’s 37 years’ experience.”

  24. catsworking says:

    Robin, the link worked, and thanks. That was an excellent article. It is so encouraging that prominent women are stepping forward and pointing out the fallacy of McCain’s thinking on Palin, rather than just being snowed by the Repub’s giddy joy that they’ve got a token woman on the ticket.

  25. MorganLF says:

    Here is a link to a Vanity Fair timeline proposing a very ineresting and probable scenario, that in fact BRISTOL is the mother of Trig… AND EXPECTING AGAIN. check this out.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/09/the-authoritative-trig-palin-conspiracy-time-line.html

  26. catsworking says:

    Morgan, thanks for that link. It lays out the whole situation very clearly. It’s a real mystery whose baby it really is. Cats Working doesn’t feel sure-footed enough about the facts to make a call. After hearing the puffery and distortions coming out of Palin’s mouth since she was plucked from the tundra, we do think she’s fully capable of such deceit.

    The convenient change of schools and 5-month disappearance of Bristol leading up to Trig’s birth is definitely suspicious. Palin’s almost super-human, utterly callous and reckless behavior leading up to Trig’s birth, as well as the fact that NOBODY even knew she was pregnant until a few weeks before she delivered, would seem to point to her faking the whole thing.

    Palin had strong motive to do it, since Bristol’s unbridled libido has flown in the face of everything Palin stands for in promoting reproductive ignorance among teenagers.

    We need the expertise of Maury Povich. He can tell us Levi is really the daddy.

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