Bristol Palin at Patheos?

Wow, when Kathryn Jean Lopez arrived here in the Catholic Portal, we thought that was pretty big news!

But the Faith and Family portal, run by Nancy French (and which features our own Marcia Morrissey’s column, and perhaps some more Catholic voices, soon) has big news, too: a new blog by a single mother who goes by the name Bristol Palin — she calls it, simply, Bristol’s blog; a site about “life, family and Alaska.” I like the header which looks to be a shot of Bristol Bay?

Regular readers know I am this way and that about Sarah Palin — I think she has some huge strengths and some glaring weaknesses, and anytime I dare to either defend her or to mildly critique her, my comboxes light up with the comments of those who love her or loathe her. Remember when I lost some readers for daring to say she should learn how to fence? She is certainly a lightening rod.

I am really glad to see Bristol Palin branching out and that she’s here on Patheos. Given the sort of bullying she and her siblings have endured at the hands of “tolerant” folks for no reason other than their being the children of a ballsy woman, I give Bristol props for not simply running away from the public eye but instead trying to serve up some public lemonade out of all the hateful lemons that have been thrown her way. That’s ballsy, too.

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  • http://www.breakpoint.org Gina

    Best wishes to Bristol! I look forward to reading more of her blog.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Best wishes to Bristol!

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    Well, Bristol Pailn may have name recognition, but she’s no K-Lo. But I wish Bristol the best. :)

    (I didn’t realize we had a non-religious, general subject section to Patheos)

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Why the assumption that she is non-religious? My feeling is that this young woman doesn’t have the mileage on her to be overflowing with wisdom (yet) but then again, what she and her family have endured in the past 3+ years has been a pretty steep learning curve for all of them.

    May God bless her and her lovely son and her wonderful family.

  • fiestamom

    Best of luck to her, hope her blog includes lots of photos. Can’t miss w/ cute kids and beautiful scenery.

  • doc

    We’ll see if she has what it takes to attract readers. I hope she finds and marries a nice young man and grows her family.

  • Mark

    Popped over and was half expecting the Palin haters to be there in droves with their normal juvenile hate comments. None there yet, but a large number of well wishers.

  • newton

    “We’ll see if she has what it takes to attract readers. I hope she finds and marries a nice young man and grows her family.”

    I hope so, too.

    She realized not long ago that the Hollywood lifestyle was not for her – and cancelled any and all plans for reality shows and things of that nature. She knows now what’s important in life. She still has a lot to learn, but the fact that she has handled it all with a measure of grace tells me she’s got some seriously strong genes in her.

  • http://www.goldfishandclowns.com/ Jerry Wilson

    Does Patheos have a Crazy Californians portal so I can write here too? :-D

  • gs

    I am really glad to see Bristol Palin branching out and that she’s here on Patheos. Given the sort of bullying she and her siblings have endured at the hands of “tolerant” folks for no reason other than their being the children of a ballsy woman, I give Bristol props for not simply running away from the public eye but instead trying to serve up some public lemonade out of all the hateful lemons that have been thrown her way. That’s ballsy, too.

    Afaic being Sarah Palin’s daughter gives Bristol no claim on my attention (cf. Meghan McCain and others). That she’s been savaged by the press doesn’t make me interested in Bristol Palin’s views on life, the universe, and everything.

    Re “ballsy”: IMO we are too quick to associate guts with other virtues. The ranks of conquerors, CEOs, and other successful people contain plenty of counterexamples. NB: I also do not accept the opposite extreme, which is sometimes expressed via the saying that every great fortune begins with a great crime.

  • dry valleys

    I totally agree with gs. The first two posts on her blog show precisely no promise whatsoever, and unless she suddenly gets a line of her own I’m left scratching my head as to how she’ll deserve a readership. 73 comments on such an inconsequential post?

    I read this blog because it’s interesting, I comment on it because I have something to say on the subject matter. But not Bristol Palin (and I thought about Meghan McCain too, though even she at least made an effort).

  • John

    I keep hearing expressions of disappointment about the slate of candidates, not just for president but for all levels of office. I tend to agree — I myself would not last five minutes on politics. I’d say or write exactly what I thought about some important matter and my career would be over.

    But more important, and I hope the Palin family experience helps us dissect it, Americans seem to have a longing for royalty. That is, despite our stated desire for equality, many of us do seem to revel in the pageantry of a titled overclass. Like dress-up dolls, they have to reflect certain styles and certain orthodoxies. And they have to hate the same people we hate.

    The Palins were never going to make for good royalty — and good for them. But how shallow of us for making that such an important criteria in evaluating our officeholders. It’s not even something the MSM can discuss, given how they are the prime myth-makers enabling those conceits.

  • bellagrazi

    I love the Palin’s! They are a great American family. I’ve never heard of Patheos, but I’m thrilled Bristol now has a blog. Big fan of BP’s. I’m really looking forward to her new ducu-series, “Life’s a Tripp”.

  • OlderWiser

    Everything this family does is suspect and attention-seeking. She is not actually writing the blog–Nancy French is. That was revealed when I went over there and reported it–minutes later, French’s name and bio had been removed. A lot of people know this and have reported it.

    Bristol is as shady as her mother and should not be exploiting her child this way. She’s no different than dysfunctional mothers who parade their tots in beauty pageants except Bristol expects to make a pile of money from him.

    I raised 2 children on my own as a divorced mother years ago–I certainly don’t need the child of a famous mother, who has a lot more resources, to tell me how difficult it is. I, and many other single mothers, know exactly how it is and it’s not the way a rich young woman with no talent or abilities claims how “tough” she has it. She already owns 2 houses and has made plenty of money pivoting her situation into “advocating” abstinence when she doesn’t practice it.

    And exactly why doesn’t she allow that child to have time with his father? I thought those people were all about “family” but they don’t practice it. Instead, Bristol keeps bringing men into her home, confusing the poor little boy. The Palins used Levi Johnston until he wasn’t useful anymore.

  • SKay

    I was glad to see so many supportive posts on Bristol’s blog. I wish her all the best. The MSM has attacked all of Sarah’s children in one way or another-but of course it behaves quite differently(as it should toward ALL candidates children) toward Democrat candidates–and loudly and hypocritically pats itself on the back for it.
    I find it interesting that David Axelrod and the Obama campaign are focasing on trying to say there is a “war on women” by the Republicans — yet they just released a campaign ad attacking Sarah Palin once again—who is not even running. They have to change the subject from the fact that they ARE waging a war on religion and the Church.
    Talking out of both sides of their mouth at the same time is a signature tactic of Obama and the Democrats. They can count on never being called on it by the majority of the MSM.


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