Raw Journolist emails on ‘Palin’s Downs child’

Bob Mackey
Aug 31, 2008, 11:16am

As I noted in another thread, the issue shouldn’t be covering up for her daughter’s “shame”–it should be 1) did she use her position and authority for personal gain/use (much like the discussed issue of the state police) and 2) did she do it less for her daughter’s protection than her protecting her own “family values” agenda and political career? These are the questions that should be asked.

Look, if McCain was 50 and in great shape, I could give a crap about who he named as VP choice. But we have an old man, whose health has been damaged by 5 years in a POW camp, who has had multiple skin cancer surgeries, and so on. From a non-partisan US citizen view, I want somebody who could walk in and ensure that the country is safe is anything happened. Hell, Libermann would have been a better choice from that perspective. At least he has experience and can find Eastern Market for Sunday brunch.

The world is a pretty messed up place right now, thanks to the last 8 years of stellar leadership. Al Qaeda is still out there, Pakistan is falling apart, Iran and Russia are getting very cozy right now, and the economy is in the toilet. A lot of women could have handled the job (from HRC on our side, to Kay Bailey and Liz Dole on the other) a hell of a lot better than the 1 term governor from a state on the periphery (and one that prides itself in being nothing like “the lower 48”) who may have a whole bevy of
ethical issues.


Michael Tomasky
Aug 31, 2008, 5:32pm

There’s an old old country song that you learn if you grow up in West Virginia called “I’m My Own Grandpa.”


Rodger Payne
Aug 31, 2008, 11:50pm

I think she could be 5.5 months pregnant in that video.


Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 7:58am

I’m with Ezra on this — there’s no good outcome to going after this story, and all of the conjecture about why Palin waited until her 7th month to announce (at 44 I might have done the same) and the photos of the daughter (she doesn’t look pregnant either) and who’s more likely to have a Down’s Syndrome child is a distraction from what really matters: This woman has almost no experience and extremist views on many fronts. Americans should be afraid of a McCain-Palin White House and the possibility of her having to step in as president. So we should be sowing fear.

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 8:08am

Katha’s point is that while some might find it reprehensible to raise a grandchild as your own, many if not most American’s don’t share that view. If the point of investigating this is to discredit Palin and show her up as an unfit mother and therefore unfit VP, the story may backfire. She comes out looking like a heroine not a villain.