When I first acquainted myself with John McCain's choice for a running mate, I was genuinely intrigued by this mother of five who also ran marathons and a state. She impressed me as smart, together, and a woman who somehow managed a big family that included a special needs child.
And then the news broke about her pregnant 17 year old daughter's unplanned pregnancy and it seems the media could talk of little else. My first reaction was to defend the privacy of this family, to applaud this woman for supporting her child in crisis, and to proclaim my disgust of a media that seemed to dance with the news of salacious scandal.
But here's the thing....
You have a 5 month old with special needs and a teenager who is probably as terrified as she'll ever be, do you really think now is the best time to accept the nomination for the second most important job in the country?
Yes, she can. And yes, her husband certainly could step in. But "can" and "could" are a lot different than "should".
And here's the thing that I just can't get past: Your vulnerable, terrified, young daughter can barely face the humiliation of a pregnancy in high school...why in the world would you accept a position that will knowlingly thrust that child in the public spotlight for everyone to judge, defame, and use for public consumption?
Your daughter is in dire straits and you accept a position that will make it a national hot topic?
I know people have opinions about this one....so feel free to comment. I guess I should close by saying that the only thing that bothers me more about her decision, is the opposing party's apparent joy in their hardship.
Disappointment all around.
2 years ago