Dear Mrs. Palin,
It seems you just can’t win. No, I’m not talking about November — you could win there. However, I think you can probably give up trying to win the support of your peers.
Little did you know that “my body, my choice” only works if you are choosing to end the life of an unborn child. It doesn’t count if you’re choosing to continue working and then give birth at a hospital you feel comfortable with.
Many moms return to work out of necessity or desire without the venom-laced thrashings you’ve received. Had you taken a longer leave, though, you probably would’ve been accused of being lazy or unproductive. You would’ve been making women appear weak.
Your family values apparently just aren’t up to par when your teenage daughter gets pregnant. It’s not important that you have a son about to be sent to Iraq to fight for this country in an effort to give other areas the right to trash their own politicians. We shouldn’t notice that you are supporting your daughter through this challenge. Why should anyone stop and realize it’s YOUR business whether she keeps the child (as opposed to adoption) or gets married, when even the opposition recognizes that?
Never mind, Mrs. Palin, that you came in out of virtually nowhere to take a position that only ONE WOMAN has ever had before in being the running mate to a Presidential candidate. Never mind that you did it as a Republican, traditionally a network of Good Ol’ Boys. Never mind that we celebrate women like Oprah who paved the way for what? Tyra Banks to have her own show? You are paving the way for our daughters to believe that they, too, can make it to the White House, maybe even the Oval Office.
I bet you never imagined that the glass ceiling would be guarded by stilettos waiting to kick you back down once you made it through.
One vote for you and McCain,