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September 13, 2008
Wisdom of The Father
The piece, roughly summarized, is about how long-time Republican friends of the writer were going to vote for Obama until Palin was announced as McCain's running mate. Her friends—Kim & Scott Speranza—cited many reasons for supporting Palin including such brilliant decision making as that Palin is reminiscent of Kim's farm-raised Grandmother.
What was most thrilling for my father was this quotation:
As for Palin's special-needs infant, pregnant teenage daughter and the sudden emergence of the future son-in-law with an expletive-laced MySpace page that declared his lack of interest in fatherhood, the Speranzas say Palin's willingness to cope with her flaws makes voters like them love her more. "Look, I'd certainly think twice about the family consequences of running for office," said Kim. "She has an entirely different sense of her own boundaries than most people. She's almost like a superhero. Though she does have my hair."
This caused my father to pen the following response:
Pick of the litter on pick of Palin
Re "Greetings from the energized base," Opinion, Sept. 6
I shudder to think what Meghan Daum's Republican "religious conservative" friends, who once admitted respect for Barack Obama but now feel energized after seeing how "real" Sarah Palin's family is, would have felt if Obama's out-of-wedlock, pregnant, 17-year-old daughter and her 18-year-old soon-to-be husband, using expletives on his MySpace page, had been paraded around the Democratic convention.
Would they say, "That's so American"?
Would they have been just as energized?
Game off, folks.
It is hard to disagree with him. Somehow I don't think that many Americans would have been "energized" by the news of the daughter of a black political family to be pregnant out of wedlock. It isn't hard to imagine the scathing speeches that would have been made on the collapse of American "family values" by both sides of the political punditry. But if it's a white girl, then getting pregnant by your foul-mouthed high school sweetie is just as American as apple pie and other stuff that white people like.
Posted by jordanh at September 13, 2008 1:44 PM |
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