This should play well with the parents of teenagers…
KING: Ed — we haven’t heard from Ed in a minute. Ed?
SCHULTZ: I don’t think Governor Palin could get 40 million viewers on TV. So – she’s got to raise the bar when it comes to interest. Half the country doesn’t even know who she is.
And, Larry, I want to announce tonight that most liberals think that we have absolutely the best vice-presidential pick in Joe Biden. Experience does count. And the fact is, look, it’s unfortunate that there is maybe an unwanted pregnancy of a teenager.
That’s not the issue. The issue is the Republicans have made themselves out to be the party of values and have talked down to Democrats saying that we’re Godless, that we have no values.
They put both value signs up in yards in South Dakota to defeat Tom Daschle. This is their signature issue. And now, when this comes along and it doesn’t really fit too well, oh we can’t talk about it anymore. Come on.
SANCHEZ: That’s not…
SCHULTZ: The facts are this. What kind of mother is she? Is she prepared to be the vice president? Is she going to be totally focused on the issues.
MOLINARI: Wow. You got to be…
SANCHEZ: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
SCHULTZ: There are questions.
MOLINARI: I bet you don’t have a lot of women listeners there, do you? If you do, you’re not going to have them tomorrow after…
SCHULTZ: Actually, today on my show, I took only phone calls…
MOLINARI: Oh my gosh.
SCHULTZ: from women and they are not happy with them.
MOLINARI: So every — so every person out there who has an unwanted pregnancy in their family is a result of bad mothering? Wow. That’s really bold to say that.
SCHULTZ: Don’t tell me she’s a role model.
MOLINARI: Come on…
SCHULTZ: You know, most professional gardeners have a really nice yard, you know what I mean?
SANCHEZ: You know what, she’s…
SCHULTZ: Most professional gardeners cut their own lawn.
SANCHEZ: No, I’m thinking in all of our families…
SCHULTZ: It seems to me they have trouble in their backyard.
Of course, by this logic, the fact that Hillary’s hubby was getting his gear shaft polished under the desk means Hillary is not qualified to lead. But no matter.
This kind of argument — which, let’s face it, Schultz would never be making were the candidate a man (must be part of the new feminism, incidentally: working women, for all their professional accomplishments, are to be judged by the mistakes of their children — not how they react to those mistakes, which, in the masculine Obama’s case, we know would be to get rid of the “punishment”) — suggests that Sarah Palin is a bad mother, not because of a mistake made by her teenage daughter, but because she wasn’t there to stop it.
Or, to put it another way, what was this Palin woman thinking taking a job while she should have been home, in the kitchen, each morning fastening a chastity belt around her daughter’s honeypot?
I mean, it’s one thing to want to work and act like a man when you haven’t the burden of children — or when you are at least prepared to pony up for a strict Catholic nanny from South America to beat some respect into the child. But, c’mon, honey: playtime is over. Tend your garden, like a good little squaw. Then you might not have yourself a knocked up trailer trash daughter.
Jesus. Can you imagine a “liberal” radio host making this same argument were Palin and her daughter Democrats and black? Of course not. Instead, we’d be treated to a nonstop narrative of sacrifice and the difficulties of growing up black in America — of cultural pressures, the differences between black and white, etc.
And at some level, even Obama seems to understand this — which is why he spent yesterday trying to rein in his more hamfisted Alinskyites.
Unfortunately, he allowed these kinds of folks to believe their own bullshit for so long, that they’ve convinced themselves they know what they’re doing, and that the kind of “lesson” they’re offering will resonate with the American people.
– Which, it that’s the case and they are correct, means this country has been damaged beyond repair.
Speaking of which, where’s Oprah? Is she going to defend Sarah Palin and Bristol? Or does “every woman” only include the authentic ones — y’know, those who vote straight Democrat…?
(thanks to Tom)