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Bristol’s Decision or: Republicans stumble over the word “Choice”

So naturally, as an avowed Commie Socialist atheist liberal pig dog, I watch the Daily Show as often as I can. Well. Ordinarily I tivo it and watch it at some point over the weekend when I’m not running the kids around or cleaning the house or plotting the downfall of civilization as we know it by daring to vote Democrat. Last night, though, since I was up talking to the television during the RNC, I stayed up the extra half hour to watch Jon Stewart.

Ordinarily, I am not a big Samantha Bee fan; she ends up annoying me. But her last few segments have had me rolling, and I’m hoping the writers can keep coming up with the biting satire they’ve been writing for her lately.  Last night in particular had me grinning from ear to ear. On the convention floor, Samantha was interviewing attendees, asking them what they thought about the whole Bristol issue. Many of them said that, while it was an unfortunate incident, it was “a decision made privately, by the family.” I began to smile as Samantha asked each one “Hmmm….decision….she made her own DECISION… y’know…there’s another word…for decision…option? No…that’s not it….what IS that word…?” And hemmed over it more as each conventioneer got obviously more and more uncomfortable about the big hypocritical elephant in the living room. Finally one said “Um…choice?” “YES!” Samantha yelled. “That’s it. Choice. It was her choice.” The young lady then said (and I swear I laughed harder at this line than any Jon Stewart delivered) “well…yeah, but… y’know…’freedom of choice’ isn’t exactly the same thing as ‘pro choice.’ ” And she was SERIOUS!

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I was absolutely floored. Here’s this entire delegation who understands and supports the idea that getting married and having that baby is not only a private, family matter, but Bristol’s choice, and hers alone. And THEN had the balls to say it isn’t the same thing as being pro-choice. There I sat, my ghast totally flabbered. The darling man (who was raised in Texas and understands these things far better than a simple California girl like me) smiled at me rather gently and said “honey…they really do think ‘pro choice’ is a euphemism for ‘pro abortion’.”

I goggled at him. I blustered. What twaddle! NO ONE is pro-abortion! I’ve worked at Planned Parenthood; that’s not the motto! When we say “pro choice,” we really do MEAN….it’s your choice! Totally up to you! Bristol wants to have her baby. That’s great! SHE made that choice. Had she decided to keep it quiet, not tell anyone and given it up for adoption? ALSO great, and also totally up to her. Had she not told anyone, had an abortion, and gone on with her life? Guess what. That’s her choice, too.

The fact that people at the RNC supported that, on camera and on the record, should be screamed from the rooftops. The fact that it was the Daily Show and not a “hard news” program just means people were relaxed enough to say what they actually meant.  Republicans DO support a woman’s right to choose. Giving women that choice does not automatically follow that the choice they make will be the one with which their values disagree.

Palin Pregnancy Part Deux; Bristol pregnant (again?)

Gov. Palin released news today amid a flurry of blogosphere rumors (ncluding my own) that her son Trig was actually carried and given birth to by her 16 year old daughter that Bristol is 5 months pregnant. This should go far toward quelling those rumors, provided that the five month estimation actually holds out to be true.

For my own part, I can quite honestly say…this speaks way more to my earlier post than anything else thus far. John McCain has clearly not comprehensively vetted his VP choice. A pregnancy of five months is not a surprise. A VP candidate with this many issues at home…A Down’s Syndrome child, a pregnant unmarried teenager who hasn’t even graduated high school…is too much grist for the mill in an election year in which the Republicans are barely managing to keep pace in the polls. Make no mistake; the question is not “Why isn’t Obama way ahead of John McCain?” The question is “Why isn’t McCain, the elder statesman, the one with all the experience, knocking it out of the park?”

Sarah Palin, for the good of the party, should decline the nomination. She has an excellent reason for doing so, one with which no one would take issue. But to continue and accept that nomination forces John McCain into the uncomfortable position of attempting to continue with a trainwreck of a VP candidate, or rescinding the nomination. Neither are a good option. Should Palin decline the nomination for the reason of “continuing to be governor of my great state while helping my family through a trying time….” everyone would not only understand and accept….they would likely support her and reinforce support for McCain.

The newest Palin Rumor

Going with my new “All Palin, All the time!” format, I have a Labor Day special.

The net is on fire with rumor. Yes, even more so than usual. The source of these rumors? Why, Sarah Palin’s youngest child, Trig. Aside from the obvious “who the hell names their kid Trig?” question, there appears to be some speculation behind the baby’s actual parentage. Not the father. The mother.

There are those who are convinced that Sarah Palin was never pregnant. Now… don’t get me wrong. I hesitate using the Daily Kos as a citation. I mean, it’s like a Republican poster pointing to the Drudge report and calling it reliable. Let me make it very clear: this is RUMOR AND SPECULATION.

But what interesting rumor and speculation it is. A little-known governor recently chosen as running mate to the most powerful position in our nation….possibly hiding her daughter’s pregnancy? Let’s look at what we actually know.

The picture taken for this article was snapped on Super Tuesday. In March. When Sarah Palin was seven months pregnant. This is a mother of four. As a registered nurse, it is my considered opinion that the woman in that photograph is not seven months pregnant. Her face shows no bloating, her hips have not widened as they generally do during the third trimester of a woman who has had more than one child. Her breasts are not swollen, and of course, THERE IS NO BABY BELLY! Don’t get me wrong…I’ve seen body builders who have a slight tummy when five or six months pregnant. Sarah Palin is no body builder.

Second: Sarah was in Dallas, TX for an energy dept. meeting of the Governors’ Association when, according to this article, she

“leaked some amniotic fluid and also felt some contractions that seemed different from the false labor she had been having for months.”

She then went on to STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DAY so she could give a speech. Afterward, she took a 12 hour flight from Dallas to Anchorage! This, in and of itself contains at least three points that people have either missed, or just shrugged off.

  1. Women delivering their fifth child do not just blow off leaking amniotic fluid and labor pains. Especially not when that child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. It’s early labor, and the baby may be in distress. You go to a hospital and make sure everything is okay.
  2. Women delivering their fifth child do not take well over 14 hours to deliver. If they do, it’s because something is wrong. At delivery #5, you’re lucky to have two hours between losing amniotic fluid and delivery. I’d be very interested to know how quick her previous three deliveries were.
  3. You do not get on a plane in your third trimester. I don’t care how tough you are. No. Shutup. You don’t get on a plane in your third trimester. It’s dangerous, and aside from YOUR lack of regard for your own health and that of your child, doctors discourage it. As do airlines.
  4. She passed TWO good, private hospitals on her way to DFW airport. A 44 year old, high risk woman delivering a Down Syndrome child opted to put herself and her baby in danger to make sure she delivered in Alaska? And her doctor ok’d it? Keep that man away from my uterus; he’s putting his patients in danger.

Perhaps the most damning peice of circumstantial evidence in this train wreck of a rumor is that Sarah’s 16 year old daughter Bristol missed somewhere between five and eight months of school prior to Trig’s birth. The reasoning behind this? Mononucleosis. Now….Mononucleosis can be serious. I have yet to hear of a case that actually lasted 5-8 months. And if it lasted that long….why was that child not hospitalized? And why did she not lose more weight? Why, in fact, did she GAIN weight?

Again. I do not think this has any bearing on whether or not Sarah Palin is ready to become VP of the United States (I don’t, but I’ve addressed that already).  What it DOES do, is question her credibility and honesty.