I'm shocked to discover that, probably for the first time ever, I agree with Ann Coulter.
An ABC News article about Sarah Palin and parenting quotes Coulter as having said:
Having young children didn't prevent JFK, whom I hear is America's most beloved president, from being president[....]
If Palin can't do that, then you're saying that no woman with children can ever be equal to a man in politics and can certainly never be a president or vice president[....]
As there are no fisheries and no oil rigs in D.C., Mr. Palin ought to be able to spend more time on child rearing.
I wouldn't have included the snarkiness, but other than that, I agree. (Which shocks me; I'm normally so distressed by Coulter that I go out of my way to avoid reading or hearing anything she's said.) We liberals and feminists generally want men to bear more of the burden of raising children, don't we?
There are people, many of them Democrats and liberals, who've been hinting that it's too hard for a woman to raise children while being V.P. Do they feel that Palin should resign from being governor of Alaska because she has kids? Or perhaps that she should have been disqualified from running for governor in the first place?
The article goes on to talk about Jane Swift, who had three kids when she dropped out of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in 2002, yielding to Mitt Romney; she dropped out because she didn't have as much money as Romney, but the press billed it as a case of her not being able to handle the combination of parenting and politics. Swift points out that Romney had five kids, but nobody said that that was too hard. (And presumably if Romney had been the one to drop out of the race, nobody would've said it was because of the stress of parenting.)
Swift also notes that Obama has two children, and nobody's saying that he's not fit to run for President because of them.
To be clear: I totally disagree with every one of Palin's politics viewpoints that I'm aware of, and I come across new things to disagree with her about every day. I don't want her to be Vice President, because I don't want someone with her politics to be Vice President.
But attacking her for being a mom is out of line.
Of course I would like the jobs of President and Vice President, and all other jobs, to become more parent-friendly. I want CEOs and politicians and everyone else to have time and energy to be a parent as well as to do their jobs.
There's room to disagree about that; some people may feel that some jobs are so high-stress and/or important that they shouldn't be filled by parents.
But if you're going to object to a woman trying to do those jobs because she has kids, then you'd better object to a man in the same position.
(I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get arguments to this entry. Note that there are a huge number of issues and areas that I'm not touching on here. I'm disagreeing with one particular specific argument, one that I'm unhappy to be seeing from liberals, to the effect that Palin should not be running for VP because she can't do that and still be a good mother. I'm not making any other argument about Palin here.)