In response to news that Sarah Palin’s young daughter is pregnant, radio talk show host Ed Schultz just spent a segment huffing and fluttering about it all, then uttered the following over the air:
Well, the Republicans released a statement accusing the Democrats of mudslinging on this. I just say, if it’s mud, then why did the McCain campaign send out a press release about it?
Would you want Ed Schultz taking to the national airwaves to talk about your young kid’s faults? How cheap.
What utter bullshit to suggest that if a campaign sends out a press release about their own candidates or candidates’ families, then what they’re responding to can’t be mud. By the same logic, the utterly unfounded claims that Barack Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate (secret foreigner!) or is only faking his Christianity (secret Muslim!) aren’t mud because the Obama campaign has sent out press releases responding to those claims.
The reason that the McCain campaign sent out a press release about Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy is because of the personal mudslinging bullshit that goes on regarding candidates’ families. Yes, from the Democratic Party too.
Would everybody please show some empathy and keep Sarah Palin’s kids out of it, just like Al Gore’s kids should have been kept out of it, just like George W. Bush’s daughters should have been kept out of it, just like John McCain’s adopted daughter should have been kept out of it? Keep the kids out of it. Unless you’re a trivial person, it’s not the real reason you’re against Sarah Palin for Vice President. I mean, please. On her youngest child, if she becomes Vice President, she’ll get a fucking nanny. Duh. That’s what Presidents have done for a century at least. Is it only an issue with you because she’s a mother and not a father? And come on, anybody’s kid can fuck up, figuratively and literally. If you are going to push for judging adults for everything their kids do, you’d better hope your son or daughter is an absolute saint. Sainthood is a fiction.
What matters is that Sarah Palin is unfamiliar with the job of the Vice President, is unfamiliar with foreign affairs, is unfamiliar with national politics, wants to use the public schools to have her religion shoved down your kids’ throat, is interested in taking away women’s freedom to marry and to control their own bodies, and is a drill-happy mistress of the oil industry whose version of “taking on the oil companies” was to chastise the oil companies for not drilling the hell out of our natural preserves faster. On the issue of sex and kids, what matters (as J. Clifford’s pointed out) is that Sarah Palin doesn’t want kids whose hormones are raging to have any form of sex ed that actually is education about sex.
Those are the issues with Sarah Palin that matter.
Have some compassion for her kids and please keep them out of it.