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Candidate Families—Props To Be Used

Sarah Palin gave an interview to People Magazine and allowed two of her children to be pictured on the cover of the magazine.

But I thought the McCain campaign said the Palin family was off-limits. Except, of course, during Republican Convention week when the Palin children were seen by millions.

The Obama campaign has also said family is off-limits. Except, of course, when the Obama campaign wants to use kids for its own purposes. Then you get a lot of family from the Obama campaign.

Bringing back the brooch

Do you think Sarah Palin will work hard to help end child poverty or work hard to get health insurance for kids who don’t have health insurance? What are the chances of that? Here is a story about funding Governor Palin cut for unwed teen mothers. Why should we care about the Palin children when Governor Palin does not care about other people’s children?

Below is the prop room at the National Theater in Mannhiem, Germany. I think the Presidential and the Vice Presidential candidates keep their children in a room like this for when they are needed.

I’m not likely to bring up the Palin children on this blog as the campaign progresses. I don’t feel it serves my purposes to do so. Yet as Republicans have pursued brutal anti-family policies for many years now and have had no problem defining family for others, I don’t see why the families of these people are off-limits. Isn’t being a “Hockey Mom” a big part of why we are supposed to like Sarah Palin?

It’s all about family.

For that matter, Senator Obama opposes gay marriage as well.  Maybe his opposition is just a matter of politics. But since he feels other people’s most intimate and personal relationships are a matter of politics, why should those most close to him be immune from scrutiny?

We know that in the end it will be about who can be used, or not used, and in what way. Using people is a fully bipartisan practice.

My wish is that these people would run on issues more so than family. I don’t care how they define family. Yet this does not seem to be the world these men and women want to make. They use family as it suits them.

September 6, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,


  1. I’m what’d be called a “Texas conservative”. I think we used to get to shoot liberals, but it was discontinued before I got here. If you’re in Austin that it count, that was kinda like shooting deer in a state park… they have to be protected *somewhere*.

    All bullshit aside though, you have a good point. Guess kids have been used as props as long as theres been politics. The earliest political pictures I recall from youth include John John and Caroline playing in the oval office.

    It’s always a warm fuzzy to see our pols as family people, but the use of the family on that end makes it hard to stop the abuse of the families on the media end.

    Regards ~ rj

    Comment by Rob Jones | September 6, 2008

  2. Rob–Thanks for the comment. You’re right that this has gone on for many years. And it happens at all levels of politics.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 7, 2008

  3. they are all disgusting, they would sell their children to the catholic church if it would get them elected. palin needs to drop out and take care of her kids and soon to be grandkid. if the polls dont start getting better i am moving to canada.

    Comment by bill brady | September 7, 2008

  4. As with so much lately, I blame the American public. Politicians trot out their families because people respond to them–people talk about Sarah Palin being a hockey mom, and a hunter, and no one seems to care about her terrible environmental and energy policies, or her bold lies about the Bridge to Nowhere, or her embrace of creationism and anti-science positions. The personal stuff helps people “identify” with her–and look what happened last time we elected the guy we’d rather have a beer with.

    Comment by Julie | September 8, 2008

  5. Right on, Julie!

    Comment by Newton | September 8, 2008

  6. Julie—Yep.People are going to have to decide that they want something better. Governor Palin is off the charts to the right. We’ll see if folks catch on.

    Thanks for your comment and for all these comments here.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 10, 2008

  7. we get what we deserve now its drunken american wife swap! teen knocked up, miss alaska, pay for your own rape kit and if her husband is her daughters baby father she would say the baby should be born! she would burn the witches in salem if she could go back in time. america needs to get out and vote or be fed the shit they are being fed to them now. turn off your tvs and pcs and go spend some time on the obama campaign before its too late.

    Comment by bill brady | September 12, 2008

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