A Scandal! An excuse to talk about sex!
1 September 2008, 6:06 PM
OK, let's be clear about this: there is no reason why having a daughter who is an unwed pregnant teenager disqualifies a person for high office. None at all. But since everyone is talking about it anyway, may I just point out that one of three things seems to be the case:
- Gov. Palin told Sen. McCain something like before you offer me the nomination, you should know that my daughter is seventeen, single and PG, although she is planning to marry the boy and raise the kid. And then Sen. McCain said something like no problem! Let's not mention it for a few days, though, all right?. And then the two of them wound up being backed into making an announcement the opening day of the convention, when there wasn't any actual convention, nor (thank the Divine) was the hurricane apocalyptic enough to take up all the news energy.
- Gov. Palin, when asked if she would accept the nomination, and if there was anything Sen. McCain needed to know, thought something like should I tell him that I'll be a grandmother soon? Nah, why would he care about that.
- Gov. Palin was unaware that her daughter was five months pregnant.
I mean, logically, unless I'm missing something, one of those three has to have happened. The first shows political incompetence that seems astonishing even for a Senator from Arizona, and if that's the case, it seems to indicate as clearly as anyone could ask that Sen. McCain is simply incapable of leading his Party, much less the country. The second shows a level of political imbecility on the part of the Vice-Presidential nominee that seems to indicate that she may be incapable even of fulfilling the constitutional office of Vice-President. The third, while on a personal level frightening and appalling, has little to do with her qualifications or Sen. McCain's, although one could at a stretch perhaps question her communication conduits with colleagues and underlings. Still, a mother-daughter relationship is significantly different from a working relationship; I don't think that situation, if true, constitutes anything but a personal scandal.
Of course, that third possibility is the one that would, if it were found out, force the Governor to withdraw.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,