Aug 30, 2008, 12:24amA note to journolisters who may not be aware of this: “Downs child” is NOT an appropriate orsensitive way to refer to Palin’s son, who has Down Syndrome. Please use “people-first” languagehere. I’m not at all a fan of Palin, either, but as liberals and decent human beings, we should berespectful in how we refer to people with disabilities.
Aug 30, 2008, 12:25amthat’s a bit of a stretch, even if it was her daughter’s baby, we don’t know that her daughterwanted an abortion.The tone of the alaska newspaper article is definitely that there’s something fishy going on, it readsvery bizarre. There’s something strange about an news article about how no one knew someonewas pregnant–how is that a story?Of course, Palin could just be really weird, and the reporter who wrote that story could just beparticularly paranoid.
Aug 30, 2008 12:44amYuck on several fronts. We don’t have any evidence she did anything wrong here. If the baby washer daughter’s, what’s the problem here? Unless she actively prevented her daughter from havingan abortion, we should leave this alone.
Aug 30, 2008, 12:47amDoes this from Newsweek suggest that her pregnancy at seven months was still not clear?Palin in the Green RoomNEWSWEEK’s Karen Breslau shares a personal moment with the Alaska governor.URL: http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190Karen BreslauWhen Gov. Sarah Palin arrived backstage for our NEWSWEEK Women & Leadership Event in LosAngeles last March, John McCain had just wrapped up the GOP nomination. Palin had yet toendorse McCain—she liked Mitt Romney—and as we waited in the green room, I urged her to “feelfree” to make some news on stage. She grinned broadly—looking back, I guess it was a grin of theCheshire Cat variety—and thanked me for the offer.Once onstage, together with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Palin talked about what women expectfrom women leaders; how she took charge in Alaska during a political scandal that threatened tounseat the state’s entire Republican power structure; and her feelings about Hillary Clinton. (Shesaid she felt kind of bad she couldn’t support awoman, but didn’t like Clinton’s “whining.”) I joked with her about being on McCain’s short list forvice president, and we had a good chuckle. We also talked about thechallenges of running a government while also raising a large and young family. At the time, Ididn’t know that Palin, clad in a loose, dark dress, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child.An aide called me the next day to tell me that Palin would be announcing the pregnancy at home inAlaska and that she had wanted me to know as a courtesy. She was sorry she hadn’t mentioned itthe night before.A few weeks later, Palin’s son Trig Paxon van Palin was born prematurely. She and her husbandTodd issued a statement saying they knew their fifth child would face “special challenges”—heroffice later confirmed that Trig had been born with Down’s Syndrome and that the family felt “blessed.”
Aug 30, 2008, 12:48amno, definitely not.
Aug 30, 2008, 1:03am