Palin Comparison to Lynne Spears

Last December, People reported Lynne Spears’ book on parenting was indefinitely delayed when her 16-year old, unwed daughter, Jamie-Lynn became pregnant.  The world called them trailer trash.  The implied cry: what’s she doing writing a book on parenting when she can’t keep her teenage daughter intact through high school?  (Say nothing of Britney.)  Hey, at least Lynne called it what it was.  Almost a year later, instead of a book that may have accompanied Dr. Spock, she publishes Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.

Now that we have a recklessly chosen VP candidate in the same situation as Lynne Spears, (say nothing of the Troopergate scandal [where she pretty clearly dogs her former brother-in-law, expending considerable personal and state resources over a personal vendetta] and the ensuing legal defense), what will be said of her?  I’ll bet a fair number of people who wasted no time disparaging Lynne Spears, are rushing to Sarah Palin’s defense, or even holding her up as an icon.  Sure, Lynne Spears wasn’t a Mayor or Governor, but Sarah Palin didn’t raise and manage one of the biggest pop stars in the universe for the last 15 years.

Sarah Palin’s addition to the GOP ticket is shocking, but what’s worse is the spin the GOP puts on these events.  For obvious reasons, the McCain camp aren’t going to admit that Palin wasn’t appropriately vetted.  Nobody will say what happened with frontrunners like Romney, who are suddenly mute, and all the while,  GOPeratives riposte and spin through fixed crocodile smiles.

For the record, the difference between greener-than-we-might-like  Presidential and VP candidates is this: in choosing to elect Barack Obama, or John McCain, we aren’t sure either one (God forbid) will make it through his first term, but the difference between who’s next in line is vast.  Besides, with W, we’ve already had eight years of a VP with more political savvy than his charismatic boss.  Like it or not, we know it works.

Now, at least we now know why the pregnant daughter was always carrying the Palin’s Down Syndrome baby, Trig – a cinematic device just too rich to ignore – literally covering up an unwanted teen pregnancy with a politically shiny object.  Chew on that one for a minute.  It’s almost as convenient as a hurricane and a budget crisis keeping Bush and Schwarzenegger out of the RNC.

It’s not that Bill Clinton got a blowjob from Monica Lewinski.  It’s that he perjured himself and wagged his finger at us, lying, when he should have just been honest.  For whatever reason, he didn’t think we could take it.  He didn’t trust that we were grown-up enough to handle it.  Maybe he was just afraid.

It’s not that Sarah Palin hasn’t achieved much more than most.  It’s not that her teen daughter is pregnant (by this 18-year old hockey player).  It may not even be Troopergate.  It is the continuing GOP tradition of smoke and mirrors replacing transparency, again.  We don’t know what happened to the frontrunners for VP.  We don’t know how McCain could have chosen Palin without the decision being made by “Little John”.  (Heck, maybe Trig is McCain’s?)  We don’t know when he knew about the Bristol Bump.  We may never know.  We don’t know Sarah Palin, (and she clearly doesn’t know what her daughter is up to.)

The GOP is brilliant, and seemingly capable of anything to which they set their little minds.  W has proven this.  But we don’t know why the GOP would put the country into such inexperienced hands.  Maybe they know that if McCain dies, Palin will appoint a pro-life, anti-Roe, anti-gay, “rapture-anticipating” (thanks Jon Stewart) VP – say, Bill O’Reilly, or Fred Phelps – as her VP, serving her term and then moving on to devote more time to her burgeoning family and special-needs child?

Pretty fantastic and paranoid I’ll admit, but can you blame me for such imaginings?  That’s the damage the Bush administration has done to this voter.  Sam, Mom, and I spoke openly of expatriating, just last week, because it just doesn’t feel like ‘our country’ anymore.  We’re not changing our address yet.  I still believe this election will teach us a great deal about how to be better Americans, and who knows if 2009 will find Sarah Palin an early, sexy granny on Amazon.com, or in the White House?

Read Alaska resident, Anne Kilkenny’s letter on the real Sarah Palin.

4 Responses to “Palin Comparison to Lynne Spears”

  1. 1 Jonathan
    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

    How can Palin be so callous that she is willing to direct all of the world’s attention on the plight of her unwed, 17 year-old pregnant daughter?

    To me, the fact that girl is pregnant does not reflect poorly on either the girl, or the mother. Stuff happens.

    But, Palin must have known that the media would jump on this story like sharks to chum. It seems heartless to me that Palin would allow this to happen simply to advance her political career.

    Palin’s got a newborn with spedial needs, and a teenage daughter that must be going through a whole hell of a lot of mental anguish. I know this sounds sexist, but jeez, stay home and take care of your family.

  2. Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    It’s not sexist at all to say “stay home” and take care of your family. I think Palin is an opportunist. What does it say about this woman who knowingly decided to seek the vice presidential nod while all of these things were happening? This woman is a politician through and through, and her willingness to hide the truth about her daughter proves that she is just more of the same “cloak and dagger” politics as usual.

    Sheesh, if all it takes to become VP is a journalism degree and a couple successful campaigns, sign me up!

  3. Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Long ago, in 1963, I was an unwed, 17 year-old girl. I “loved the boy” who was 6 years older than me. I married him and, unfortunately, lost twins when I was 3 months pregnant. Our marriage went on, but failed for, Oh!, so many reasons. If I had not had my mother and father by my side, I would not have gotten through those times to go on to marry Robert Runyon Page and have my son,Bronson Behrendt Page, a career and an enviable life by many standards. The point is that I had my parents. I am so glad that they were not in the position to put me up front on the side-show when I was at my most vulnerable…pregnant and unmarried. They would never have done such a thing. I do not think that times have changed all that much when it comes to how much you love your child and your family. The spotlight should not be on Sarah’s daughter and her swollen belly. As I have said before, sometimes declining is the best thing to do for all concerned. That is when you REALLY walk your talk. Seeking your glory at the expense of your child is not glory;it is negligence.

  4. 4 KS in TX
    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 11:09 am

    The harshest criticism I can muster for Sarah Palin is that she failed to protect her child. As rumors swirled around her daughter saying she was actually the mother of Baby Trig, all mom had to do to dispel them was to release DNA and a birth certificate and leave her daughter out of it. Instead, she chose to out her own kid.

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