The Palins as soap opera

The Heresiarch notes that the Palin family is sounding more and more like a soap opera by the day:

Tonight’s admission that Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol is, indeed, pregnant will at least scotch the bizarre rumours that the teenager is the real mother of Palin’s youngest son, Trig Paxson Van (sounds more like a utility vehicle than a child to me, but then I’m not Alaskan). It is however bound to increase the doubts many commentators have been expressing as to the wisdom of John McCain’s choice of running mate. The more one learns about Sarah Palin and her family, the more they seem to belong less in the White House than on the Jerry Springer show.

Sarah Palin was supposed to be a champion of conservative Christian values, which tends to imply a family life of irreproachable respectability; many on the religious right take a dim view of fornication. The grassroots activists who warmed to Palin’s brave decision to carry a Down’s baby to full term may be less impressed to learn that her daughter was not anxious to make “true love wait”, as the spin has it.

Then there are the kids with trailer-trash names like Bristol, Track and Trig; Palin’s past as a small-town beauty-queen; her blue-collar husband with a reputation for interfering in political hiring and firing; her moose-hunting; her support for creationism; the tales of small-town favour-swapping.

In other circumstances, the Palins might have made excellent subjects for a docu-soap, a sort of gubernatorial Osbournes. Perhaps that’s going to be the next political trend, with politicians elected on their ability to make public fools of themselves for the entertainment of the masses.

There are several British politicians who fit that description already! for example Robert Kilroy-Silk, George Galloway, or Boris Johnson.

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11 Responses to The Palins as soap opera

  1. Steve68 says:

    Obama was conceived while his mother was 17. She was married the same year. Sound familiar? He, alone, also has a far more sorted past compared to the Palin family. Sarah is also lined up for the VP position, while Obama is lined up to be president – which is quite scary. Your posting was a nice attempt to slant things, but you’re not smart enough to pull it off.

  2. I love how they’re calling them “bizarre” rumors? You know what I think is bizarre (and why the rumors started in the first place)? The official story concerning Trig’s birth. A mother who knows the baby she’s carrying has Down’s syndrome begins leaking amniotic fluid but, rather than seek immediate medical attention, waits almost a day while she first delivers a speech to constituents and then spends the better part of a day flying.

    That’s bizarre.

  3. Nate French says:

    Steve,

    The argument he is making is that given the position of the conservative base of abstinence-only sex education, it is a telling event indeed when the daughter of a VP candidate gets pregnant (by not abstaining and not using contraception) when she is 17 years old.

    Also, to your point that Obama has a more “sorted” past (Is sordid the word you were looking for?), who Barack’s parents were and what decisions they made as teenagers has no bearing on what kind of person he can become. People arise from difficult social situations all the time and arrive at prominence. For example, no one would ever make the claim that the child currently residing in Bristol’s uterus couldn’t be a success in life.

    However, I think it is a fair argument to make that this pregnancy reflects some poor parenting on the part of Palin, and that it begs us ask the question, “what exactly are the family values that this ticket is running on, if a 17-year-old pregnancy is considered acceptable?”

  4. SIENNA HOLMES says:

    STEVE68 WRITES ABOUT OBAMA’S SORTED PAST. LOL. STEVE, TRY TO GET YOUR GED SOMEDAY.

    BARACK IS AS ACCOMPLISHED AS LINCOLN WAS WHEN HE BECAME PRESIDENT.

    PALIN IS MCCAIN’S SECOND YOUNGER WOMAN. HE’S AN OLD GUY SO CAN’T BLAME HIM FOR DREAMING BUT STILL HE NEEDS TO TAKE AN ALZHEIMER’S TEST AND RELEASE HIS MEDICAL RECORDS TO THE PUBLIC – TWO THINGS HE HASN’T DONE. WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS OF DELUSIONAL MOPERY EXACERBATED BY CREEPING SENILITY.

  5. cabalamat says:

    Steve68: Obama was conceived while his mother was 17. She was married the same year. Sound familiar?

    There’s nothing wrong or harmful of course with having young parents. Evolution has designed humans to start reproducing when they are teenagers, and Bristol is probably at about the optimum age for it biologically.

  6. cabalamat says:

    Will Entrekin: A mother who knows the baby she’s carrying has Down’s syndrome begins leaking amniotic fluid but, rather than seek immediate medical attention, waits almost a day while she first delivers a speech to constituents and then spends the better part of a day flying. That’s bizarre.

    I agree.

  7. cabalamat says:

    Sienna Holmes: [McCain]’S AN OLD GUY […] HE NEEDS TO TAKE AN ALZHEIMER’S TEST AND RELEASE HIS MEDICAL RECORDS TO THE PUBLIC […] WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS OF DELUSIONAL MOPERY EXACERBATED BY CREEPING SENILITY

    Agreed.

    BTW, please use lower case, it makes it harder to read when you SHOUT IN CAPITALS.

  8. Steve68 says:

    Cabalamat, sorry about what I said about your “smarts.” I got a little excited when I was reading what you posted. I’m calmer now. :)

    As for her water breaking, that doesn’t mean she was in labor and about to deliver. Keep in mind it was her 5th child, so it’s not like she wasn’t experienced at delivering a baby. Did she actually state somewhere that she didn’t consult a doctor?

    Nate, yes, I meant “sordid.” :) I will agree to a certain extent that a child can be reflective of parenting skills, but her daughter is 17 – not 10. As for Obama vs Palin, she is more accomplished, not that it matters.

  9. cabalamat says:

    Steve68: Cabalamat, sorry about what I said about your “smarts.”

    That’s OK, apology accepted. We all get carried away at times.

    Did she actually state somewhere that she didn’t consult a doctor?

    I beleive she said she did consult a doctor.

    I will agree to a certain extent that a child can be reflective of parenting skills, but her daughter is 17 – not 10.

    If one is to judge parenting skills how else to do it other than by how the kids turn out? Anyway, if you accept Judith Harris’s theory, parents don’t actually make that much difference.

  10. Cathy says:

    Uh, a woman carrying her 5th child – a special needs one at that – is well aware of the risks to NOT just the baby but to herself as well, should something go wrong in the last weeks of pregnancy. It could be anything from as “small” as delivering on the spot to a massive hemmorhage. For her to ignore leaking amniotic fluid and get on a plane to fly 8 hours back to Alaska then drive to Wasilla means she intentionally put herself and her baby at high risk for disaster. Infection, the cord could have slipped down and become obstructed, premature and uncontrolled labor and delivery of a sick newborn, hemmorhage.

    Why would a woman for whom “all life is precious above all things” flee from the very people who could have helped that precious life that was in her and in danger there in Texas and spend 12 hours finishing up and getting back to Hooterville, Alaska before delivering this baby? She needed antibiotics, steroids to help mature Triggs lungs and they needed to try to stave off his birth by a couple of days if they could. No. She needed to stay in Texas IF she was interested in him.

    There’s something that’s not playing right here. And, P.S., leave the kid alone. Mom’s fair game but the kid’s aren’t – no matter what they’ve done. They aren’t running for anything and probably hate their Mom for doing this to them.

  11. cabalamat says:

    Cathy: And, P.S., leave the kid alone.

    I haven’t said anything nasty about Bristol Palin, nor do I intend to unless it turns out that she’s a nasty person.

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