Palin Babies

However much Sarah Palin’s negative, negative, negative speech got under my skin, nothing was worse than the cynical display of her newborn son Trig. Sullivan says it best:

Did I just see Cindy holding Trig? I mean: can we have it one way or
the other? Either the family is out of bounds or it is in the
spotlight. Brandishing a Down Syndrome child as a campaign statement is
daring the press to ask questions about him. And if you are going to
hold the baby in front of the cameras, how can you say that the details
of his birth cannot even be discussed?

I’ve been searching for the word to describe how this made me feel. And it’s “vulgar.” The use of Trig and the cynical pandering to middle America was just vulgar.



  1. Hi,

    Des Joy linked you blog on her facebook page so that’s how I got here. While no fan of the republicans, I think that all the candidates highlighted their families to fram the background of who they are. Obama certainly did. The fact that one of their children has Down Syndrome shouldn’t impose a different standard, should it?

    As for whether that makes the familiy fair game, I’m not sure what to say. Questioning the paternity of her children with no evidence other than conjecture, and loose conjecture at that, seems out of bounds to me.

  2. Hi Glenn. The point isn’t that candidates should or shouldn’t talk about their families (though I think it’s unnecessary). It’s that, at the same time that the McCain-Palin team screams foul at media discussions about Trig and Palin’s family life, they use Trig and her family for raw politics. They can’t have it both ways.

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