Sarah Palin as Supermom

Some of you expressed concern that Sarah Palin is neglecting her family by pursuing a political career. Well, according to this article in the Washington Post (usually no friend to conservatives), she sounds like a Supermom. She nurses her baby (even at meetings), fired the chef at the governor’s residence so she can do her own cooking, has never paid for child-care (neither hiring a nanny or even babysitters). She still commutes from their small town home in Wasilla. Her husband and parents help out with the kids, but she is reportedly deeply engaged in motherhood.

Here she is, in a photo shot in June, doing her shopping and talking to a constituent:
Sarah Palin doing her shopping

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Vocation vocation vocation.
    It’s not just about a job.
    So far, what I see as basic to Gov. Palin is, she’s a person who simply answers the endless call of things that forever need getting done. No more, no less.
    Kinda like: the phone rings, you answer. That simple.
    Odd how that’s such a hard concept these days. The elites would have us put more trust in ambition more than in actual accomplishment.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Vocation vocation vocation.
    It’s not just about a job.
    So far, what I see as basic to Gov. Palin is, she’s a person who simply answers the endless call of things that forever need getting done. No more, no less.
    Kinda like: the phone rings, you answer. That simple.
    Odd how that’s such a hard concept these days. The elites would have us put more trust in ambition more than in actual accomplishment.

  • Carl Vehse

    What!?! Gov. Palin’s not using a baby carrier or sling?

    Doesn’t this violate OSHA safety regulations for state employees? Someone, quick, conduct a survey to see how this will negatively affect Palin’s VP campaign in the view of women voters.

  • Carl Vehse

    What!?! Gov. Palin’s not using a baby carrier or sling?

    Doesn’t this violate OSHA safety regulations for state employees? Someone, quick, conduct a survey to see how this will negatively affect Palin’s VP campaign in the view of women voters.

  • Anon

    FWIW, a town of 9,000 in a region that vast will be the major regional hub. Not the sort of ‘small town’ that it would be along the eastern coast. In many ways, not to mention taking into consideration the immensity of Alaska, it would be like being mayor of a State capitol in the lower 48.

  • Anon

    FWIW, a town of 9,000 in a region that vast will be the major regional hub. Not the sort of ‘small town’ that it would be along the eastern coast. In many ways, not to mention taking into consideration the immensity of Alaska, it would be like being mayor of a State capitol in the lower 48.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I agree, Susan. It’s a nice photo. For those of you that can be nice, you are invited to read read a commentary I wrote on Governor Palin. I won’t publish negative comments ‘cuz that’s how I roll.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I agree, Susan. It’s a nice photo. For those of you that can be nice, you are invited to read read a commentary I wrote on Governor Palin. I won’t publish negative comments ‘cuz that’s how I roll.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, you referred to “the Washington Post (usually no friend to conservatives)” in your post. It’s fascinating how many recent counterexamples you’ve noted to the notion of liberal media bias. How do they fit into your overall picture of that bias — are they all (along with many other stories) exceptions? Should I consider this story (and others) an example of conservative media bias?

    Glad to hear the governorship did not negatively affect her ability to raise a family. Hope the same is true for her campaigning now.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, you referred to “the Washington Post (usually no friend to conservatives)” in your post. It’s fascinating how many recent counterexamples you’ve noted to the notion of liberal media bias. How do they fit into your overall picture of that bias — are they all (along with many other stories) exceptions? Should I consider this story (and others) an example of conservative media bias?

    Glad to hear the governorship did not negatively affect her ability to raise a family. Hope the same is true for her campaigning now.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Well, tODD, the Washington Post is a good newspaper, by which I mean that it is huge and it publishes all kinds of stories. A good journalist, by vocation, will report in a factual manner, in as unbiased a way as possible. The Post publishes lots of factual stories like that. On the same day that this story and photo ran, the editorial pages were filled with some vitriolic attacks against her, which I consider unfair. Also the front page story about her focused on the harm she could bring to McCain’s cause, which I consider to be an extremely wrong emphasis. So, yes, the Washington Post generally favors liberals and Democrats on its editorial pages and in many of its editorial decisions, as well as in quite a few news stories. But that does not mean that all of its stories are that way.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Well, tODD, the Washington Post is a good newspaper, by which I mean that it is huge and it publishes all kinds of stories. A good journalist, by vocation, will report in a factual manner, in as unbiased a way as possible. The Post publishes lots of factual stories like that. On the same day that this story and photo ran, the editorial pages were filled with some vitriolic attacks against her, which I consider unfair. Also the front page story about her focused on the harm she could bring to McCain’s cause, which I consider to be an extremely wrong emphasis. So, yes, the Washington Post generally favors liberals and Democrats on its editorial pages and in many of its editorial decisions, as well as in quite a few news stories. But that does not mean that all of its stories are that way.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, some more questions along that line:

    Do you consider it unfair when editorial pages take biased stands in general, or only when they take stands you do not agree with, or only when those stands go too far? (If the last, could you point to examples of the “vitriolic attacks” you mentioned?) Should editorial pages be balanced in their opinions?

    “The front page story about her focused on the harm she could bring to McCain’s cause, which I consider to be an extremely wrong emphasis.” Okay, what was the right emphasis? Would it have been better if it had focused on the good things she did for the ticket? Would that have demonstrated conservative bias? Did the Post discuss Biden’s negatives in its stories on him?

    There are plenty of media critic sites I could point you to that routinely decry the Post’s coverage (and editorials) for having an anti-Democratic or pro-Republican leaning. Are they making it up? Only finding those (seemingly abundant) exceptions?

    Personally, I think most claims of media bias — in “either” direction (as if there were only two directions) — are a bit overdone and more indicative of the person doing the complaining than of the actual reporting involved. They also seem to be tools for bludgeoning the media your way, rather than arguing for journalistic excellence.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, some more questions along that line:

    Do you consider it unfair when editorial pages take biased stands in general, or only when they take stands you do not agree with, or only when those stands go too far? (If the last, could you point to examples of the “vitriolic attacks” you mentioned?) Should editorial pages be balanced in their opinions?

    “The front page story about her focused on the harm she could bring to McCain’s cause, which I consider to be an extremely wrong emphasis.” Okay, what was the right emphasis? Would it have been better if it had focused on the good things she did for the ticket? Would that have demonstrated conservative bias? Did the Post discuss Biden’s negatives in its stories on him?

    There are plenty of media critic sites I could point you to that routinely decry the Post’s coverage (and editorials) for having an anti-Democratic or pro-Republican leaning. Are they making it up? Only finding those (seemingly abundant) exceptions?

    Personally, I think most claims of media bias — in “either” direction (as if there were only two directions) — are a bit overdone and more indicative of the person doing the complaining than of the actual reporting involved. They also seem to be tools for bludgeoning the media your way, rather than arguing for journalistic excellence.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Also, do your standards for media bias apply to those who frequently (even intentionally) exhibit conservative bias (Washington Times, Pajamas Media, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, et al.)? Or are these also exceptions that should be exempt from expectations of balance?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Also, do your standards for media bias apply to those who frequently (even intentionally) exhibit conservative bias (Washington Times, Pajamas Media, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, et al.)? Or are these also exceptions that should be exempt from expectations of balance?

  • fw

    so now ordinary, down home, “just a regular guy/gal” , “one of us” is a virtue. excellence and advanced degree equals effete out of touch liberal now…

    Not of course that gw bush was anything like that.

    bill clinton and barack obama came from anything but a priviledged background. but now obama is “elitist”. sheesh. Maybe we HAVE arrived. how cool for a black man to be called priviledged and elitist and out of touch with the common man…. cool!

    I dunno. extraordinary. exceptional. well educated. graduate degree, great public speaker. motivational. organizational skills. sounds like these would be assets on the resume of someone seeking the presidency or vice presidency.

    who woulda thunk that a black man could start so late in the primary process and whup a clinton with a sense of entitlement to the nomination? she didn´t know what hit her. impressive.

    the INTERESTING part here, is what US and people magazine have to say about Governor Palin. us and people are where alot of people (those common everyday folk that are just like us….) get their news.

    Whatever one says, it does not appear that Gov Palin´s selection has exactly turned the election dialog in the direction of a discussion of serious policy issues.

    Why is that?

    For SURE Gov Palin will have so much to say about the war in iraq, her views on micro and macro economics, world affairs, global warming, earmarks(!), porkbarrel, etc.

    I will look forward to her many press conferences and interviews where she fills us in on the substantive stuff that is about being a heart beat away from the presidency.

  • fw

    so now ordinary, down home, “just a regular guy/gal” , “one of us” is a virtue. excellence and advanced degree equals effete out of touch liberal now…

    Not of course that gw bush was anything like that.

    bill clinton and barack obama came from anything but a priviledged background. but now obama is “elitist”. sheesh. Maybe we HAVE arrived. how cool for a black man to be called priviledged and elitist and out of touch with the common man…. cool!

    I dunno. extraordinary. exceptional. well educated. graduate degree, great public speaker. motivational. organizational skills. sounds like these would be assets on the resume of someone seeking the presidency or vice presidency.

    who woulda thunk that a black man could start so late in the primary process and whup a clinton with a sense of entitlement to the nomination? she didn´t know what hit her. impressive.

    the INTERESTING part here, is what US and people magazine have to say about Governor Palin. us and people are where alot of people (those common everyday folk that are just like us….) get their news.

    Whatever one says, it does not appear that Gov Palin´s selection has exactly turned the election dialog in the direction of a discussion of serious policy issues.

    Why is that?

    For SURE Gov Palin will have so much to say about the war in iraq, her views on micro and macro economics, world affairs, global warming, earmarks(!), porkbarrel, etc.

    I will look forward to her many press conferences and interviews where she fills us in on the substantive stuff that is about being a heart beat away from the presidency.

  • Carl Vehse

    Get an early start. Here’s Sarah Palin’s VP acceptance speech.

  • Carl Vehse

    Get an early start. Here’s Sarah Palin’s VP acceptance speech.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    tODD, editorials are supposed to present a point of view. Of course I have no problem with pundits expressing opinions, which I what I do all the time. My problem is stories that present themselves as being objective but betray the writer’s point of view.

    US Magazine featured a cover about Michelle Obama with the words “Why he loves her.” The cover about Sarah Palin had the words “Babies, Lies, and Scandals.”

    Can you tell which candidate the editors support? Will you concede that those cover stories are biased? Do you consider those covers to be fair?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    tODD, editorials are supposed to present a point of view. Of course I have no problem with pundits expressing opinions, which I what I do all the time. My problem is stories that present themselves as being objective but betray the writer’s point of view.

    US Magazine featured a cover about Michelle Obama with the words “Why he loves her.” The cover about Sarah Palin had the words “Babies, Lies, and Scandals.”

    Can you tell which candidate the editors support? Will you concede that those cover stories are biased? Do you consider those covers to be fair?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, I understand you have limited time to write here, and you usually don’t comment on your own blog, yet I’m a little disappointed you didn’t answer many of my questions (@7). Oh well.

    I’m still confused on your stance on editorials, since on the one hand, you complained (@6) of editorial pages “filled with vitriolic attacks against [Palin], which I consider unfair” (and I would still appreciate pointers to those particular columns), and on the other hand, you said (@11), “I have no problem with pundits expressing opinions.” I imagine the difference is in the perception of “vitriol”, but absent pointers, I cannot assess that for myself.

    But your (and many Republicans’) main complaint seems to be one of bias in the non-editorial reporting. I will, in part, point back to questions I asked (@7) along that line.

    However, I’m not sure how we switched from an understandable discussion about bias in the Washington Post to one involving … Us Weekly. Does anyone here even consider Us to be good journalism, in the first place? Is it, I don’t know, the celebrity rag of record or something? I can’t even type “Us” and “journalism” in the same sentence without thinking it seems wrong! Nor do I think Republican cries of liberal media bias typically refer to glossy weeklies.

    That said, a transcript of an interview with the Us Weekly editor I found seems rather pathetic on Us‘s part. But I can’t find an archive of that magazine’s covers to determine if they have any political bias or if they merely go for the quick-cash angle, be it salacious intimations or heart-warming human interest.

    But there’s a very interesting assumption in your question of whether these covers are “fair”, and it’s that these people, Palin and the Obamas, have the same amount of good and bad qualities to report about, and that the magazine simply played up the Obamas’ good points and Palin’s negatives. But it’s not so.

    Look, Us isn’t, as far as I can tell, much on policy. So they focus on the human, relationship angle. Which family is more exemplary to you, honestly? If you didn’t know their political affiliations, which would you point to as a model for American families? If Chelsea had gotten pregnant back in 1993, do you think Republicans would only be focusing on her choice to keep the child, and not the controversy of her having sex outside of marriage?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Veith, I understand you have limited time to write here, and you usually don’t comment on your own blog, yet I’m a little disappointed you didn’t answer many of my questions (@7). Oh well.

    I’m still confused on your stance on editorials, since on the one hand, you complained (@6) of editorial pages “filled with vitriolic attacks against [Palin], which I consider unfair” (and I would still appreciate pointers to those particular columns), and on the other hand, you said (@11), “I have no problem with pundits expressing opinions.” I imagine the difference is in the perception of “vitriol”, but absent pointers, I cannot assess that for myself.

    But your (and many Republicans’) main complaint seems to be one of bias in the non-editorial reporting. I will, in part, point back to questions I asked (@7) along that line.

    However, I’m not sure how we switched from an understandable discussion about bias in the Washington Post to one involving … Us Weekly. Does anyone here even consider Us to be good journalism, in the first place? Is it, I don’t know, the celebrity rag of record or something? I can’t even type “Us” and “journalism” in the same sentence without thinking it seems wrong! Nor do I think Republican cries of liberal media bias typically refer to glossy weeklies.

    That said, a transcript of an interview with the Us Weekly editor I found seems rather pathetic on Us‘s part. But I can’t find an archive of that magazine’s covers to determine if they have any political bias or if they merely go for the quick-cash angle, be it salacious intimations or heart-warming human interest.

    But there’s a very interesting assumption in your question of whether these covers are “fair”, and it’s that these people, Palin and the Obamas, have the same amount of good and bad qualities to report about, and that the magazine simply played up the Obamas’ good points and Palin’s negatives. But it’s not so.

    Look, Us isn’t, as far as I can tell, much on policy. So they focus on the human, relationship angle. Which family is more exemplary to you, honestly? If you didn’t know their political affiliations, which would you point to as a model for American families? If Chelsea had gotten pregnant back in 1993, do you think Republicans would only be focusing on her choice to keep the child, and not the controversy of her having sex outside of marriage?

  • Anon The First

    fw, who said that excellence and an advanced degree meant that someone was “an effete out of touch liberal”? Since I said she is one of us, I wonder if you were attributing that view to me, which would be a false attribution. Just so ya know.

    Nonetheless, no matter how advanced ones degrees, or excellent at directing a local of the vote-fraud generating group ACORN or working for the Daley political machine, being groomed for high office, no matter how involved with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, no matter how involved (or how ineffectually!) with the far left-wing Annenberg(sp?) Foundation, doesn’t matter to the good for someone who works hard to promote infanticide after birth and the murder of babies in the womb, and who promises to force all um, 57 States (clearly a sign of his advanced education and foreign policy skill?) to accept the black mass of homosexual “marriage.”

    If your goal, as you said elsewhere, is to draw our attention to the Cross of Christ, then why would you *appear* to support someone clearly in the Adversary’s camp? Someone who makes King Herod look like a dabbler? Someone who promises to command the wind and the waves? Someone who uses Stalinist chique in his campaign posters, and National Socialist imagery when in Berlin, speaking at the Column of Victory with a blimp filling in for the zepplin?

    He is as much a white man as a black man, so maybe on even days, we should call him a white man?

    As to his brothers, ignoring them in poverty, as to his father, helping him in the campaign, and who after losing that election, said father was involved at a not-grassroots level in the rioting in which his father’s muslim party murdered over 1500 Christians in Kenya.

    Isn’t it good, fw, that Governor Palin -did- address those issues in her speech last night, which perhaps you might have heard. Not only does she know that there aren’t 57 States in the Union, but she is well familiar with specific terrorist actions in Saudi Arabia and the Russian imperialist conquest of Georgia.

    Todd, since the situation with Bristol and Levi is more fully known now, I wonder what motive you have for misrepresenting it? Perhaps you could tell us, instead of us being left to conclude on our own.

  • Anon The First

    fw, who said that excellence and an advanced degree meant that someone was “an effete out of touch liberal”? Since I said she is one of us, I wonder if you were attributing that view to me, which would be a false attribution. Just so ya know.

    Nonetheless, no matter how advanced ones degrees, or excellent at directing a local of the vote-fraud generating group ACORN or working for the Daley political machine, being groomed for high office, no matter how involved with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, no matter how involved (or how ineffectually!) with the far left-wing Annenberg(sp?) Foundation, doesn’t matter to the good for someone who works hard to promote infanticide after birth and the murder of babies in the womb, and who promises to force all um, 57 States (clearly a sign of his advanced education and foreign policy skill?) to accept the black mass of homosexual “marriage.”

    If your goal, as you said elsewhere, is to draw our attention to the Cross of Christ, then why would you *appear* to support someone clearly in the Adversary’s camp? Someone who makes King Herod look like a dabbler? Someone who promises to command the wind and the waves? Someone who uses Stalinist chique in his campaign posters, and National Socialist imagery when in Berlin, speaking at the Column of Victory with a blimp filling in for the zepplin?

    He is as much a white man as a black man, so maybe on even days, we should call him a white man?

    As to his brothers, ignoring them in poverty, as to his father, helping him in the campaign, and who after losing that election, said father was involved at a not-grassroots level in the rioting in which his father’s muslim party murdered over 1500 Christians in Kenya.

    Isn’t it good, fw, that Governor Palin -did- address those issues in her speech last night, which perhaps you might have heard. Not only does she know that there aren’t 57 States in the Union, but she is well familiar with specific terrorist actions in Saudi Arabia and the Russian imperialist conquest of Georgia.

    Todd, since the situation with Bristol and Levi is more fully known now, I wonder what motive you have for misrepresenting it? Perhaps you could tell us, instead of us being left to conclude on our own.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, Anon (@13), you’re on a roll tonight!

    You have the audacity to complain about “false attribution”, and then smear Obama (indirectly, perhaps) with vote fraud, being in Satan’s “camp”, and being “someone who makes King Herod look like a dabbler”. You falsely claim he “promise[d] to command the wind and the waves”, and drop in some bizarre racial comment that suggests you are ignorant of the history of racism in the United States (see the “One-drop rule” for starters; suffice to say it was not an idea started by those of African origin). You recycle some old, misleading-at-best statements about his family (again, without citing any actual sources to back up your claims, like the last time I asked you to do so). And then you end it all by complaining about my “misrepresenting” something or other. Not that I have any clue what you’re referring to when you say that “the situation with Bristol and Levi is more fully known now”, because, as with the last time you mentioned it, you keep failing to cite any sources.

    Frankly, I’m surprised you didn’t mention that Obama’s an America-hating Muslim born in Kenya.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, Anon (@13), you’re on a roll tonight!

    You have the audacity to complain about “false attribution”, and then smear Obama (indirectly, perhaps) with vote fraud, being in Satan’s “camp”, and being “someone who makes King Herod look like a dabbler”. You falsely claim he “promise[d] to command the wind and the waves”, and drop in some bizarre racial comment that suggests you are ignorant of the history of racism in the United States (see the “One-drop rule” for starters; suffice to say it was not an idea started by those of African origin). You recycle some old, misleading-at-best statements about his family (again, without citing any actual sources to back up your claims, like the last time I asked you to do so). And then you end it all by complaining about my “misrepresenting” something or other. Not that I have any clue what you’re referring to when you say that “the situation with Bristol and Levi is more fully known now”, because, as with the last time you mentioned it, you keep failing to cite any sources.

    Frankly, I’m surprised you didn’t mention that Obama’s an America-hating Muslim born in Kenya.

  • Carl Vehse

    The blog article, “This will make your monitor blur”, recounts (with a picture) Governor Palin meeting, after a campaign rally, with the family of Chloe, who has Down’s Syndrome, and Chloe kissing Trig, who was napping on the campaign bus.

  • Carl Vehse

    The blog article, “This will make your monitor blur”, recounts (with a picture) Governor Palin meeting, after a campaign rally, with the family of Chloe, who has Down’s Syndrome, and Chloe kissing Trig, who was napping on the campaign bus.


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