A debate is now raging — among women more than men – about whether Sarah Palin should have accepted John McCain’s invitation to become his vp. Interestingly, it is conservative evangelical women who are circling the wagons to defend her and professional and working class women who are questioning her appointment. (For more on this aspect check out urbanmamas.com).
The crux of the debate is whether a mother of five, one of them a downs syndrome special child, another a pregnant teenager, should be running full time for the second highest office in the land.
As Sarah Palin becomes better known, her household situation raises more questions. For example, three days after giving birth to her Downs syndrome child, she returned to work in the governor’s office. Obviously too she decided McCain’s offer was more important than protecting her pregnant daughter from national scrutiny. (So much, by the way, for Palin’s reliance on abstinence).
And there are other questions about Palin. She has now hired a lawyer to defend her in a case where she fired an underling who wouldn’t fire her brother-in-law who was in a bitter divorce case with Palin’s sister. She also once belonged to a party that wanted Alaska to seccede. Her husband was once arrested on a drunk driving charge. None of this may be relevant but it certainly raises questions about whether McCain vetted her sufficiently.
But we come back to the question of whether Palin can be a loving effective mother while being a full time vice president.
What do you think? Should Palin have accepted?
Is there anyone who thinks Palin should bow out of the race?