A doddering old man, so infatuated with Hillary Clinton that he had to have his own Hillary on the Republican ticket with him, made a very bad choice. There is still time to fix it, Republicans.
This morning, as I was performing my morning routine, I had one of the network television shows on in the background. I believe it was CBS. A lady journalist was interviewing Mike Huckabee’s daughter. She asked Ms. Huckabee if it was fair to question whether Sarah Palin would be able to fulfill the duties of the vice presidency (and possibly the presidency) and still raise her family of five children (the youngest with Down Syndrome).
Ms. Huckabee retort was that she found that question to be extremely offensive and sexist. She said nobody had ever asked it about Barack Obama and his two kids.
Really? Suddenly, the party that for all these years has been preaching “family values” and the importance of having both a mother and a father in the family suddenly can see no difference in the roles that mothers and fathers play in a family? That being the case, what is their objection to families with two mommies or two daddies? It makes no sense.
The question asked by Ms. Huckabee’s interviewer this morning is a valid question. It goes directly to the capabilities and judgments of the lady who would have us hire her as vice president. There is a better than even chance that she could even become president. (The man she is running with is of advanced age and questionable health.)
All indications are that John McCain and his surrogates asked very few questions before selecting Mrs. Palin for the number two spot on their ticket. Now they are upset that others are asking questions. Folks, somebody needs to.
There is still time to fix this. But, my Republican friends, you’re gonna have to hurry it up a bit…
Palin introducing herself; GOP blasts questions
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Buffeted by political and personal revelations, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin presents herself to the GOP convention Wednesday, even as John McCain’s campaign declared heatedly it was time to stop questioning her background. McCain was heading for St. Paul to be nominated in a roaring roll call.
McCain was “itchin'” to get to the convention city, campaign manager Rick Davis said.
After a slow start of the convention because of Hurricane Gustav, momentum was building on Day Three of the GOP gathering. The spotlight was on Palin, the 44-year-old governor and surprise pick to be McCain’s running mate. She has been the talk of the convention, but most Americans have hardly heard her voice, let alone her views.
She will give her address in prime time, at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
“She will speak as a governor, a former mayor and someone with both hands on the steering wheel of America’s energy economy,” said Tucker Eskew, a senior McCain adviser. “She will detail her record of shaking up the status quo in Alaska and standing up to entrenched interests to put the government back on the side of the people.”
Wednesday night’s speakers also include a trio of former McCain rivals, now supporters: Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani. “We are getting a little more political tonight,” Davis said in a hint of the partisan barbs being sharpened for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The campaign also lashed out at the media and called for an end to questions about Palin’s background and her family. Senior campaign adviser Steve Schmidt decried what he called a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee” for vice president.
“This nonsense is over,” Schmidt declared in a written statement.
Is it really nonsense to ask questions about the background of the woman who would be our vice president (and quite possibly president)? Would it be nonsense to question the background of a man in the same circumstances? Do the Republicans consider their questioning of Joe Biden’s background to be nonsense?
There is still time to fix this.
The hypocrisy and lies must end.
Levi Johnston (L) is greeted by Republican presidential candidate John McCain as his girlfriend Bristol Palin (C) looks on after they arrived to attend the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, September 3, 2008.
UPDATE: See also: “Analysis: McCain camp plays sexism card for Palin.”