Tied to the mast
…but orange now and black

The amazin’ self-impalin’ Palin

You’ve probably seen this elsewhere, but I’ll put it up anyway:

I polled the most important people in my life, my kids, where the count was unanimous. Well, in response to asking, ‘Hey, you want me to make a positive difference and fight for all our children’s future from outside the governor’s office?’ It was four yeses and one ‘Hell, yeah!” And the ‘Hell, yeah’ sealed it.

Putting aside for a moment the fact that this is obviously another of what Andrew Sullivan calls “the strange lies of Sarah Palin”—she has five kids, one of whom is fifteen months old with a developmental disability… do you think he was one of the “yeahs,” or the “hell yeah”?—I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer lies, as she says, in  “hell yeah!”

Her kids really have been overexposed and have in all likelyhood suffered greatly for it. I bet they’ve been begging her to get out of the spotlight.

Of course Palin is trying to put the entire blame for this on the spotlight itself. But the spotlight just did what it always does—the media’s behaviour was perfectly predictable. It was her choice to step into it, and drag her kids along with her.

As a counter-case, the Clintons worked tremendously hard to keep Chelsey away from the press, and the Hillary often speaks of being a mother, she doesn’t  make a fetishistic show of it… dragging her daughter out onto the ice of Blackhawks game at which any handler of any worth could have predicted she would be loudly booed.

But Ice Man, you have to admit that she’s the damn Maverick…


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