Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"I'm Amazed That You'd Ask That Question"...Really?

Just going to throw this out there and then I'm heading back to bed for a cat nap before I head to work.

I was watching Canadian journalist Jonathan Mann on CNN International interview New Mexico's Congresswoman Heather Wilson at the RNC. He asked her about Palin's ability to handle life as a VP and be a mom to five children. Her reply was something like this: "I'm amazed that you'd ask that question."

Now, okay, it is a gender-biased question for sure. But what I don't like is this exasperated reply which implies that the question can't be asked. Like it or not, women still take on the brunt of raising children. We know this.

Is that necessarily fair? No. However, is it how it is? Yes.

There are certain issues that maybe ought to be off limits or handled carefully, like the story that Palin's 17 year old daughter is five months pregnant, which ties right into Mann's question to Wilson. As my friend over at the Metropolitician says if it were Chelsea showing up five months knocked up it would be a feeding frenzy. However, I want Obama and the Democrats to take the high road and, thank goodness, they are.

The public knows very little about Palin. The press as well as the public should and ought to as as many questions as they need to and not made to feel like they've offended anyone in asking.

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