Saturday, September 6, 2008

Reconnecting the disconnect

So, maybe we're late to this -- but there is an awful disconnect with those on the left saying that Sarah Palin is a bad mother for accepting the VP nomination when she has five kids to take care of, including an infant with Down Syndrome.

We distinctly remember these same people telling us endlessly that women could have it all -- that women shouldn't be held back by the notion that raising a family and having a career were mutually exclusive -- that a woman could do anything a man could do. And while we often recoil at the shrillness of the tone, in the end we have very little disagreement with the underlying sentiment.

But where is this new disconnect now on display concerning Palin coming from?

Where in the world would these people get the idea that being a mother and a career woman is so tough?

I wake up every morning wondering how on earth I am going to pull off that next minor miracle to get through the day. I know that everybody in this room is going through this. That is the dilemma women face today. Every woman that I know, regardless of race, education, income, background, political affiliation, is struggling to keep her head above water. We try to convince ourselves that somehow doing it all is a badge of honor, but for many of us it is a necessity and we have to be very careful not to lose ourselves in the process. More often than not, we as women, are the primary caretakers in our households, scheduling babysitters, planning play dates, keeping up with regular doctor’s appointments; this was my week last week, supervising homework, handing our discipline. Usually we are the ones in charge of keeping the household together. I know you men, I know that you guys try to do your part, but the reality is that we’re doing it, right? (laughter and applause) Laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, home repairs. You know Barack has my back, he’s right there with me, feels my pain, and all that.

Oh. Right.

So, when we originally read those words from Michelle Obama, we wrote the following:

If she thinks it's hard out there as the wife of a Senator and the wife of a Presidential candidate, just think of the demands of being first lady. And the strains of having your husband and your kids' father being President. If she thinks raising her family is hard now, if she thinks she can barely keep her head above water now, she in no way should think that she could make it with Barack in the White House. [...]

For the love of God, won't somebody think of the children!

Of course, we were kidding about Obama dropping out, it made for a good joke.

But why are these Democrats, now oh so concerned with Sarah Palin's parenting, not concerned with Michelle?

Sarah appears to go about the business of raising her family and having her career and being wildly successful in each.

Michelle, in this campaign, has gone about the business of telling us its nearly impossible to have a family and a career.

For the love of God, won't somebody think of Michelle!

And more importantly, won't somebody think of anything other than scoring partisan points in the effort to win an election?

1 comment:

  1. No Jeff, it's not about "having it all" any more, women have moved beyond that. A couple of female reporters wrote that in today's Wall Street Journal, so it must be true!