The conservative GOP base is embracing Sarah Palin's story of rugged Alaskan motherhood -- working her way though local and state politics with babies on her hip and toddlers pulling at her skirt, as well as bringing home the caribou bacon and frying it up in a pan.
The feminist in me believes that her motherhood status shouldn't have an impact on whether she, or any other woman, is qualified to be Vice President of the United States. Tell me what you think about policy and the direction you would steer the country in. Make sure I know how you would stare down Vladimir Putin or handle yourself at the next G-8 summit. Little tidbits of info on those topics go a long way for me in deciding whether any politician is someone I'd vote for, not how many kids they have or what their soccer schedules are.
But some of the women in my family, who are true blue Democrats, have been voicing this concern -- how can Palin be a mother with young children, including one with special needs, AND be the Vice President?
Not a new question, I know. Loads of people have been wondering that since the Republican convention. And intially that bothered me.
I've changed my mind. Because if there are enough voters who think a mother of young children shouldn't be on this ticket, then they won't vote for the ticket. And maybe that's a plus for Barack Obama.
Granted, my relatives weren't going to be voting for McCain/Palin anyway. But for all the GOP women who find Palin's story of motherhood empowering, maybe there are just as many who won't vote for her because they think she needs to have enough time to be available for her children instead of moving into Dick Cheney's soon-to-be old digs at the Naval Observatory.
I'm not saying that's a good thing, as a general matter, to have people believe that being a mother to young children is a dis-qualifier for anything. But maybe in this instance, it could work to the Democrats advantage.
A girl can hope, can't she?
Joanne, also known in these parts as PunditMom, is hoping that the Sarah Palin wave will soon be over!