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.