Having It All … and High Office As Well

Tonight might just be the most important acceptance speech in this history of American politics – at least for this year anyway. Tonight, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin delivers her address to the Republican National Convention – and to country at large. It’s important because the nation that largely doesn’t know her but has come to know the intimate details of her life – and some have been less than flattering.

Today’s blog entry is not about politics and the debate over whether Palin is qualified to be the next leader of this country. I will leave that for the pundits to fight about – and they will fight about it ad nauseum until election day.

This is about the bigget question raised by the ascension of Palin. The question of whether she can be the next in line to be commander-in-chief and be the mother of five children. Let me be clear, this would not have become an issue if Senator McCain had picked a man. It also would not be an issue if he had selected a woman the likes of Kay Bailey Hutchinson on Texas. Her kids are full grown and she now has grandchildren. This has become a national discussion about the motherhood and the most powerful position on the planet.


Alaskan Governor and GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin: The ultimate question of whether a woman can have it all being played out on the biggest stage in the world

Let’s be honest and perhaps politically incorrect: men and women are different. Despite our society’s push to put the sexes on an equal playing field, we are genetically different. We look at things differently and when it comes to parenting, women are better than men. End of discussion. If any man objects to that, then he should spend a few hours trying to take care of Wendy Bell’s five children. After that, have him come back to me and tell me how easy parenting is.

Now American women are wondering,  in light of the disclosure of Governor Palin’s daughter being pregnant and her decision to give birth to a baby with down syndrome, whether she can effectively be a mother who gives her kids the attention they need in their formative years and Vice-President of the United States and then suddenly step in at a moment’s notice and give 24/7 attention to the most powerful post in the world. It’s a possibility that becomes all the more possible given Senator McCain’s age. Tonight’s speech will go a long way towards answering that crucial question in the minds of millions of American voters.

Right now, I have no idea who I’m voting for this November because there are so many questions with both tickets that have yet to be answered in my mind. However, I do want her to be successful in her speech tonight because I just want her, like Senator Barack Obama, to be judged on her political record this election day and not her child-rearing skills. If she falters, it’s should be because she is poor legislator and not because of her parenting. When I finally do vote, I want to be able to compare the tickets based on the the most important factor in my mind: the ability to govern.

Maybe Palin’s candidacy has become such a bone of contention because it goes to heart of the question that we, as a society, have been asking for years. Can a woman truly have it all? Can she be a mother, a provider, a spouse and a success? I would like to think so. Starting tonight, we’ll begin to learn if America believes it is truly possible as well.

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