Sarah Palin: At Least She’ll Have Help

When I was thinking about what I was going to write about this week, I initially thought about writing about Sarah Palin’s nomination but decided not to because I felt that the internet needs one more blog about her about as much as my sofa needs more cat hair. But if my blog is really just an expression of issues or situations that have been on my mind during the past week, get out the lint roller because like most everyone else in the country, her nomination has stirred me up.
Specifically, the issue about her nomination that has posed a dilemma for me is the fact that she is the mother of a five-month-old baby. When I first saw the photos of the Palins lined up for the photo ops, I saw a young girl holding a baby. What was Sarah Palin’s relationship to the baby? Was he her grandchild? It wasn’t until I got farther into the article that I found out that the baby was Sarah Palin’s youngest son.

My first thought was “How can she possibly be a mother to an infant and run for the vice presidency?” Or put another way, “If the Republicans win, will her youngest child know who his mother is? Because during the four years that she is in office, she certainly won’t have time to be a mother.”

As I’ve thought about this and talked it over with Steve, that may actually not be true. The job of vice-president is actually less demanding than that of governor. The VP is president of the Senate but has no executive responsibilities. How the vice-president functions is really dependent on how the president wants to define his/her duties.

Maybe Ms. Palin sees being the VP as an opportunity to have more flexibility in being a mom so that she can spend more time with her family without the day-to-day responsibility of running a state. Maybe she’s thinking, “The next two months until the election are going to be hell, but if I can just get into office, things will slow down.”

And does the fact that she is not going to be a full-time mother necessarily mean that she can’t still be a loving and bonded mother? Does not working equate to being a good mother? This is one that I have struggled with. I’ve had to come to the conclusion that just because a woman is home with the kids doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s a more loving mom than a mother who works.

It’s obvious that Sarah Palin believes that she can handle the responsibilities of office and be a good mom to a young child. If she didn’t, she would have resigned from her governorship when Trig was born.

I also have to recognize that it’s not me being asked to run for vice president while being a wife and mother of five. Sarah Palin didn’t just leap from the PTA to where she is now. She’s been in training since she was elected to public office in 1992. And she may just be one of those blessed people who has the capacity to manage an amazing amount of responsibilities. Compared to the tight smile of many politicians, she just doesn’t look stressed by the job.

Plus, if the McCain/Palin ticket wins, she’ll have more resources for help than any other working woman in the country; I’ll bet there’s a lot of working moms who would like to trade places with her if she becomes vice president. Because unlike most of them, after a day in the West Wing, she’s not going to go home and start doing laundry and cleaning bathrooms.

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