October 1, 2008

Vice Presidential candidates, 1984 and today

I pulled out this campaign button earlier today. It's a good reminder that while the Republicans are patting themselves on the back for their "commitment" to women, the Democrats beat them to the punch by 24 years and at least 50 I. Q. points.

While I'm on the subject, I think it irresponsible of Sarah Palin to have accepted the nomination with a special needs infant at home. Is this sexist? No. I'd have thought it equally irresponsible if the equally qualified Todd Palin, Sarah's husband, had accepted the nomination.

Sorry, kids. No matter how flattering it may be to think your country can't manage without you, that baby needs you more.

Update: Jotman raised this issue at the end of August.

Stumped at the Washington Post thinks concern about this topic is "disingenous and cynical." Off-limits, in other words. Not something we should be bothering our pretty little heads with. Perhaps he thinks it's a privacy issue. Perhaps he thinks it's a matter of individual choice. But he's wrong. This might not be the most convenient moment for a conversation about how we as individuals and as a nation care for our children, but it is a timely moment. The personal, after all, is political.

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