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The Palin pregnancy
and much more...
Article added on September 3, 2008
When you try to get one of the top job's in American politics, you get under scrutiny as nowhere else in the world. The downside of running for the office of vice president is the lack of privacy that follows. John McCain's staff pointed this out to Sarah Palin when they interviewed her for the job.

As noted before, her foreign and security policy experience is zero, but she is the only of the four candidates with executive experience (as a mayor and a governor), the one experience that counts for the top job.

Regarding her bipartisan record, reports about her early years in politics until she run for governor indicate that she was rather a divisive than a unifying figure by bringing subjects such as abortion into play. However, both as mayor and as governor, she has not tried to implement radical measures or push through extreme legislation. She was rather above the parties, challenging her own Republican Party and its establishment, winning her an approval rating of 80%.

Barack Obama has no notable bipartisan record [added on September 3, 2008 at 23:40 Swiss time, correction regarding the vote not 98:2 but 96:2:2 on September 10, 2008 at 19:40 Riga time: The Coburn-Obama ethics bill cited by the Obama camp passed the Senate 98 yes, 2 no and 2 not voting/present. The Obama-Lugar Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act was cosponsored by McCain and even supported by the Bush administration. It was not controversial either. It was routine to the point that there was no recorded vote and it made no headlines; Karl Rove, yes, the dirty PR man, published this info in the Weekly Standard]. He has been on the left side of his party most of time, so has Joe Biden. Biden with his long senate experience has made some bipartisan efforts, in recent years regarding global warming, but also in a bipartisan effort in which he was opposed to the famous surge of troops in Iraq, which turned out to be a success

Barack Obama trumpets “change”, but has never delivered. Palin has a record of fighting corruption, limiting public spending, taking on special interests and cronyism.

The one of the four candidates with an impressive bipartisan record is John McCain. Campaign financing, immigration, global warming and torture are a few keywords. He stuck with his policies even when they were unpopular with the GOP or with the general public.


The introduction of Sarah Palin into the election process redirects the focus on experience, women voters and abortion.

On the experience level, the Obama camp can only lose because Obama himself has no executive experience and hasn't delivered anything remarkable in his entire career.

Palin's presence on the McCain ticket constantly reminds voters - especially women voters - that Barack kicked Hillary out of the race, although in a perfectly legitimate way. If she can attract the independent and Democrat (female) vote is another question.

The subject of abortion could partly become toxic. The fact that Sar
ah Palin kept her baby with Down Syndrome and the child pregnancy of her daughter should not hurt her. However, her position against abortion in any case, even in the case of rape and/or incest is rather extreme. It is consequent if you are strictly pro-life, but you cannot force a woman other than yourself to have a baby who is the fruit of rape or incest. As long as Palin stresses that she is not in favor of enforcing her position nationwide, it will not matter too much. Anyway, it is not up to the vice president to decide on abortions.

You may say - with good reasons - that abstinence and the refusal of sexual education for children is the wrong way, the pregnancy of Bristol Palin being an illustration for that claim. Maybe Sarah Palin has learned something.

Sarah Palin and her husband Todd broke the story of the pregnancy of their daughter Bristol in order to fight rumors that her son born in April was in fact her daughter's son. The smear campaign by Daily Kos and other left-wing websites proofs that not all nuts are on the extreme right of the political spectrum. In fact, anybody should have known that already after the rants by Jeremiah Wright.

Back to the baby. The Palin's announced in a statement:
We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support. Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family.” This means, her daughter had the choice to have the baby or not. Even if this is a well crafted statement, it highlights that Sarah Palin has no intention to impose a nationwide ban on abortion.

McCain was pro-choice, now he presents himself as pro-life. Obama's position is not 100% clear-cut either, although he is in the pro-choice camp.

Year after year, over one million abortions take place in the United States, and not only teenagers are affected. About 1/75 white women and 1/21 African-American women has an abortion once a year.

Nobody can force a woman to have an unwanted child, especially as a result of rape and/or incest. The best way to handle the abortion matter is the middle ground. Most Americans agree on that. For both the pro-choice and the pro-life camp: sexual education is important, and we live in the age of contraception. In 1951, a certain Carl Djerassi developed the first oral contraceptive pill. In addition, there are condoms. If you do not want a child, you have a choice: best use the pill and a condom together. Of course, this would not completely eliminate the cases of unwanted children, but the number of abortions could surely be significantly reduced.

As for Bristol Palin's child pregnancy, the best words came from Barack Obama: “I
have heard some of the news on this and so let me be as clear as possible: I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics.” He stressed: “It has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as governor, or her potential performance as a VP. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories.” He finally added: “You know my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and you know teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off limits.”

Well said, senator, there is nothing else to add.

Kaylene Johnson: Sarah: How a Small Town Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear.  Epicenter Press, April 2008, 159 pages. Order the book from More of an introduction than a profound book, but that's all that is available about Sarah Palin right now.

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