What’s normal about Palin

This post-debate interview briefly reveals a normal Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin criticized John McCain’s decision to pull campaign resources out of Michigan in an interview with FOX News on Friday, saying she and her husband Todd would “be happy” to campaign in the economically distraught battleground state …

“Todd and I, we’d be happy to get to Michigan …We’d be so happy to speak to the people there in Michigan who are hurting,” she said. “Whatever Todd and I can do in realizing what their challenges in that state are …. I wanna get back to Michigan and I want to try.”

“Todd and I”. The political incorrectness here is delightful.  If Sarah Palin were President, Todd Palin would be her closest political “advisor”. He doesn’t cease being the head of his family just because his wife is President. Such an arrangement would be completely natural and should in no way be discouraged.

You won’t hear Obama or Biden or McCain making references to their wives in this way. (Well, Obama might do it, just to be up-to-date.) It isn’t natural for men. They campaign as men, whose wives support them, not as “partners” of women who are equally involved.

Whether fair or not, Hilary Clinton was often criticized for being a “shadow president” as First Lady. Americans are not used to First Ladies taking on a political role. Nor should they be. “Who’s REALLY running the country, Bill or Hilary?” “We elected Bill”, they complained, “but we got Hilary.” Hmmm.

It turns out Todd Palin has faced the same criticism as “First Dude” of Alaska. To which I respond, what did you expect? He’s the husband, the head of his family, and he’s there to provide whatever counsel and oversight he’s capable of providing. That’s exactly what would happen – and should happen – with a Palin presidency. We’d have a real “shadow president”. Just so’s you all understand.


One thought on “What’s normal about Palin

  1. First Ladies have long been their husband’s “closest political advisor”; some have just been more blatant about it than others. I particularly liked the example of Bess Truman, who publicly announced in a press conference that (unlike her predecessor Eleanor Roosevelt) she would not be giving any more press conferences. In private though, her daughter Margaret revealed, Bess was highly involved in advising Harry Truman.

    As for a woman President, a good example for her to model herself on (at home) might be Queen Elizabeth II. QE2, it’s been reported, has long observed a traditional wifely role in her marriage and family life with Prince Philip (largely deferring to his judgment in that area), but he has no role in matters of state (including in the training in state matters given to Prince Charles).


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