Thursday, September 4, 2008

Baby Daddies in the Republican Alternate Reality

Gov. Pain: "Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys."

Translation: In order to further my career -- and distract from my being not qualified -- we are stage managing in front of the world the shotgun marriage of our pregnant teen daughter who we apparently have failed as parents. And if she wasn't living at home with us, my decision as governor would leave her totally screwed.

Result: Republican rapture.

Yet, I'm wondering if Republican core winguts would feel the same away -- all "family values" warm and fuzzy -- if the pregnant teen in question was African-American, lived on the South Side of Chicago, and whose father was running as, say, the Democratic candidate for President.

Or, for that matter, any office.

I'm thinking the vibe they'd be putting out would invoke something like this:

For me, I and most progressives wish the young couple the best. If the baby's healthy, if they work it out as a family, it's all good.

But the family, and the people in that arena, who so ruthlessly judge others unlike themselves the other three years three hundred and sixty one days between conventions?


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