January 1, 2009

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Run for Office

Justin Katz

Is it me, or is the continued media harassment of the Palin clan beginning to seem like a more general warning:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her future son-in-law is not a high school dropout as the press is reporting. ...

Palin said some media outlets also are erroneously reporting that her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, is a high school dropout. The governor said her daughter is enrolled in regular high school and has taken correspondence courses.

Beware, you ordinary (right of center) Americans who are not from the political class: Your lives will undergo tabloid treatment, even from ostensibly respectable news wires, should you find success running for office.

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Clear something up for me. Are the young people in the linked news article married. They are referred to as the parents of Sarah Palin's first grandchild. Given your earlier post about the redefinition of the word "parent" whould you care to respond.

Posted by: phil at January 1, 2009 1:06 PM

My understanding is that they are engaged, which is clearly not the best of circumstances into which to bring a child, but is hardly the worst.

I note, though, before you pleasure yourself too enthusiastically of this, that the definition for parent that had been changed in the post that you reference was married or biological parents.

Posted by: Justin Katz at January 1, 2009 1:13 PM

I really don't think that comment appropriate because the original article was not Justin’s. How can you call Justin on this unless you have some proof that he was in collaboration with the author. Otherwise it brings nothing to this discussion.
Make no mistake, the machine that was in place when the Clinton’s were in the Whitehouse is back. Rahm Emanuel, Hillary, Bill and the ilk are ready to demolish anyone and anything that might get in their way. They have no plans of losing the Whitehouse again

Posted by: bobc at January 1, 2009 4:25 PM

Parentheses not needed. Ordinary Americans OF ALL PURSUASIONS get the tabloid treatment. And Bristol's mom is a raging political animal - to say she is not from the political class is completely off the rails, She may not be from the same background as most national-scale American pols, but her ability to use political power to work out personal grudges and use family members to exercise that power is entirely in the American political tradition.

Posted by: rhody at January 1, 2009 5:51 PM
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