The media are showing presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a life member of the NRA, what it’s like to be the hunted instead of the hunter.
The Big Media are in a frenzy over Palin’s announcement Monday that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant. Bristol’s indiscretion has provided a handy stick to beat the Palin candidacy. How could a pro-life mother of five, a conservative Protestant who believes in waiting until marriage, have a daughter pregnant out of wedlock?
Then there’s the motherhood question. How could a full-time mother of five, including a disabled infant, possibly serve as Vice President? Won’t she be forced to neglect her children? This shouldn’t be much of a problem for Palin. She’s received rave reviews for her performance in a far more difficult job, running the government of Alaska, while also being a hands-on mom. Besides, no elected office in the land is better suited for a full-time mother than the vice presidency. Unlike governors, vice presidents spend most of the day looking for something to do.
Since John McCain announced last Friday that he had chosen Palin, the 44-year-old Alaska governor, to be his running mate, media dirt-diggers have been working around the clock. They hadn’t found enough for a good mudslinging campaign – just a dispute about why Palin fired her public safety commissioner, and her husband’s 1986 arrest for drunk driving – but with yesterday’s announcement of Bristol’s pregnancy, they think they’ve hit pay dirt.