Huffington Post political editor Hilary Rosen thinks it’s time we back off of Sarah Palin and her motherhood.
In a commentary at CNN today, she says:
I am a woman who someone took a chance on several years ago when they gave me a job that had only previously been done by old white guys. Experience? How do you get any if no one takes a chance on you?…And what about the argument that she is a negligent mother who will be distracted from her important role? I am a mother who constantly feels the pressure from others about whether I am fit to be a parent, whether I put my kids first often enough and whether my children get enough of my attention. Who has the right to judge my family?
In this case, whether Palin has had decades of prior political experience or not and how she deals with her family responsibilities are red herrings.
It will take more time, but it would be bold for the media to focus more on whether Sarah Palin and John McCain have the right stuff to lead the country and have plans that will help put all our families in situations closer to theirs, including affordable health care and access to decent educations for our kids.
Issues, issues, issues. To paraphrase another candidate and Saturday Night Live alum, I want to know what are the candidates going to do for me, PunditMom. And I want to know they have the background to address those issues — some people can manage it with less “experience” than others, but you’ve got to prove to me that the experience you do have will fit the bill.
If they can’t step up on those issues, I really don’t care how much time they spend with their children or whether it was right to take a chance on a fresh political face. If they can’t prove they have enough knowledge to not only answer that phone at 3 a.m., but also to know what to do without starting World War III, it doesn’t matter to me who’s doing the driving to ice hockey practice or who gets home in time for dinner.