Sarah Palin – cover girl of the week

Last week, on August 29, John McCain announced his vice-president candidate – Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The former beauty queen was born in Idaho and raised in what is still her home state. She is young, approximately 30 years younger than the leader of her party, has five children – one of which is a baby with Down’s syndrome, another a five-months-pregnant 17-year old. And yes, the girl’s planning to marry the boy that made her pregnant.

This hockey mom is a “dedicated foe of abortional rights and was between 1996 and 2002 the mayor of the suburb of Wasilla. In 2006 she became the state’s governor.

She was chairwoman at Alaska Oil and Gas Conversations Commission from 2003 to 2004 and is a supporter of the oil industry. Her National Rifle Association (NRA) membership comes as part of the image.

During the week that’s passed since McCain’s announcement she has answered questions about how governing a family of five children can be combined with a career as a top politician. She has proclaimed the rumours about her 17-year old daughter’s pregnancy and decision to become a mother. Towards the end of the week she had to defend herself from accusations of having had an extramarital affair.

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” said Republican spokesman Steve Schmidt.

He is right. Palin is aiming to become the vice president of the United States and deserves to be treated as a professional politician more than a wife, a mother or a beauty queen.

Although I find the topics on her agenda completely dreadful, media’s handling of the case Palin is low and unprofessional.

Not the least because of the fact the best way to ensure she won’t bring her topics anywhere near the white house is to make sure that’s what people will know about. Her hockey mom image is not threatening to humane values as long as it stays on the rink side, but if she gets power in her hands to make other people follow her example – at least I will feel threatened.


2 Responses to “Sarah Palin – cover girl of the week”

  1. 1 jenny September 10, 2008 at 8:31 am

    More women now have a career of their own, and the starting of a family seems to be delayed. She is different in that way and that creates a greater news value when focusing on the family issues instead of the politics. And while focusing on irrelevant things, her politics lack the attention and decisions can pass without our notice, and that is not always a good thing. It´s quite typical that media focuses on the irrelevant things when a strong woman appears..

  2. 2 Daniel September 10, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Sarah Palin is by no doubts the perfect complement to John McCain and the Republicans in McCains attempt to make it all the way to the White House. Perfect from most aspetcs and especially the ones you mention, from a Republican point of view of course, as she represents values that are deeply rooted in big parts of the white-middleclass-christian-american culture, including the right to carry a gun.

    What really makes her a good pick is that every time Obama says something that can be interpreted as an attack on her and her family, it will be. The fact is that the Republicans probably want nothing nothing else. In this way they (and the media) can immediately start talking about and begging the Democrates to stop “smearing” Palin and her “hockey mom” way of life, and by doing so ask the american people if they really want a president that can do no better than that. Is this and the media’s handling of it low and unprofessional? Low I think, even somewhat disgusting. Whether it is unprofessional or not is harder to say I believe. It´s definitely deliberate.

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