Don't do this

So far, this miserable excuse for a story doesn't seem to be getting much traction, not on the big blogs and not in the traditional media, and that's a good thing, as opposed to the story Amy touched on below, which needs a lot more coverage.

Here's the short version, in case you don't feel like clicking through to the diary (not story) over at Kos--some intrepid "reporter" has gathered together a bunch of photos and video clips of Governor Sarah Palin which PROVE that she wasn't actually pregnant with her last child when she gave birth. The assumption is that the youngest child--which she is, as I understand, breastfeeding--is actually her grandchild, and that this is all some big cover-up to protect, ummm, I don't know what really.

I have a hard time imagining that a pregnant teen-aged daughter would derail the political career of anyone these days, even (perhaps especially) a conservative Christian. Fundamentalist Christians are big on the slut-shaming, but they're also big on forgiveness and redemption (under certain circumstances) and trust me, they've got plenty of experience with the seven-pound-preemie phenomenon.

But even if there were a story here, I'd still say that there's no need to chase it down, because, and this is important, it doesn't matter.

When it comes to family, people of all political stripes make odd and sometimes unexplainable decisions--rather, they're odd and unexplainable to anyone who isn't inside that family. Take the Duggar family, for instance. I don't for the life of me understand why anyone, in this day and age, would want to have as many children as they've had. I just don't get it. And when I lived in Louisiana, I heard whispers about situations like the one being charged in the Palin story above. Again--I don't get why some people do it.

But in this election, we're not being asked to understand why people make the family choices they do. That stuff just isn't relevant. There isn't a necessary correlation between a person's family life and his or her policy positions, or the decisions they'd make once in office. Look at the last two presidents for evidence of that. Are we really better off because Dubya didn't screw around on his wife?

There are good reasons to think that Sarah Palin would be a horrible Vice-President. She's an extremist on choice, she's a fundamentalist Christian, she thinks we should teach Creationism alongside evolution in public schools, and she's already proven she'll abuse her executive power to pursue a personal vendetta--that's four good reasons right there. What happens in her family is irrelevant, and should be treated as such.

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