So, John McCain invited Sarah Palin to be his VP running mate and she accepted, on August 29, 2008. Palin is the incumbent governor of Alaska, only the second post that she has ever held, and her youngest son, Trig, has Down’s Syndrome. There has been much criticism of Ms. Palin’s decision to run with Mr. McCain. That criticism is centered in two topics: her lack of experience in political office and her decision to run even though she has recently given birth to a child with special needs. I hold that the first topic – her inexperience in public office – is the topic that we should be focussing on and the second topic is complete and utter crap and should never be raised.
I find it insulting as a woman and mother of an 8 month son that went back to work 2 and a half months after his birth that the criticism of Ms. Palin accepting such a position with a special needs son has even been introduced. And that it seems to have been given credence by a part of the population! It is absolute and complete sexism – on the part of the men AND women that are making this argument. You don’t criticize Barack Obama for running for President, even though he has two little girls. You didn’t criticize Bill Clinton for running successfully for the Presidency when his daughter was just entering her teen years, arguably the most difficult part of her developmental years. And you didn’t criticize Richard Nixon for his campaigns with his children.
That being said, I still wouldn’t be voting for McCain and Palin in November because I’m not impressed by her credentials and his credentials. It’s like George Bush….all over again.