If Sarah Palin was a Democrat ...

This was supposed to be posted prior to the speech yesterday, but my computer decided to crash and die on me just as I was about clicking ‘save’ …{snarl}

Well … the past few days have been quite a revelation, haven’t they? John McCain (who seems to have wisened up considerably) introduced the nation to his pick for the Vice-Presidency and the media quickly set about showing us just how low they were willing to sink to win this election for Barack Obama. Up until yesterday’s game changer of a speech, after flirting with pursuing the ridiculous story of Trig Palin actually being his sister’s son, the media finally seemed to have settled on the story they were going to sell to the American people about Sarah Palin – a bad mother who has put her ambition over the welfare of her children.

Voices dripping with faux-concern for the well-being of the Palin children, these formerly staunch defenders of the notion that a woman can have a career and be a good mother were all atwitter – however will the Governor of Alaska be able to preside over the Senate come January when she has such a young and challenged child who needs his mother and a pregnant teenage daughter ready to give birth in four months? Hmm?

The McCain Campaign’s response?

“Frankly, I can’t imagine that question being asked of a man,” McCain’s Steve Schmidt told reporters who mobbed him as he arrived at the convention hall.

With all due respect (and a huge amount it is too) to Steve Schmidt, I think this was rather … unimaginative of him. If the Governor of Alaska were, say, Steve Palin (who prefers that toilet seat up, thank you very much), I can all-too-easily imagine the media bombarding him with the same questions and not-quite-subtle accusations of being a bad parent. And perhaps even worse. In fact, I can easily imagine the story that is still running through the not-quite-fringe Left side of the blogosphere – i.e. Trig Palin is actually a product of incest between his sister and his father – would have been given some MSM air-time as what “some” are saying “out there” … after a brief stint on Andrew Sullivan’s blog.

Make no mistake, the issue here isn’t Sarah Palin’s sex. It’s really all about the ‘R’ she wears behind her name. What if Sarah Palin was a Democrat?

NOTE: For the purpose of this exercise, hard though it may be, try to imagine that upon finding out that her unborn child was afflicted with Down’s Syndrome, Sarah Palin the Democratic politician chose not to abort the child. Try also, hard as it may be, to imagine that she did not the next day get her daughter to the nearest abortion clinic when the girl broke the news to her that she was pregnant.

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat, is there any doubt that the very same people “worrying” that she would not be able to handle her responsibilities as a mother and also as Vice-President of the United States would be apoplectic at the sexism and prejudice of anyone voicing the exact same concern?

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat, would her daughter’s decision to keep her child be reported as anything less than the brave and selfless act of a young woman admirably taking responsibility for her mistakes by the MSM?

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat, would her pregnant 17 year old daughter’s face be plastered all over the newspapers and on television screens for liberal pundits and commentators to tut-tut over? Contrast this with the way Chelsea Clinton’s private life continues to be respected to this day even as she was on the campaign trail with her mother. Contrast this with the way Al Gore’s sons’ DUI troubles were buried on page A31. Heck, contrast this with the way the John Edwards and Rielle Hunter saga was treated by the very same Fourth Estate that has painted a big bull’s eye on a 17 year old girl facing a very difficult time.

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat, would her being (naturally) in favor of explicit sex education and condom distribution in public schools be fingered as a factor contributing to her daughter’s pregnancy? Would any member of the MSM air the possibility that this might have encouraged her daughter to engage in pre-marital sex?

If Sarah Palin was a Democrat, does anyone think that the Press would portray her daughter’s pregnancy as prima facie evidence that she’s a bad mother or would they fall all over themselves to point out that children, teenagers especially, slip up and that this is no reflection on her mother and father’s parenting skills?

In my last diary entry, I pointed out that the number one enemy of the McCain/Palin ticket is not the Obama Campaign but the so-called Fourth Estate filled with Obama supporters who have abandoned most of their last few remaining shreds of decency and professionalism in order to carry their man-god over the finish line.

As Yuval Levin over at NRO observes …

I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated. There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don’t want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them. But this week has changed my view. I have never seen, and I admit that I could never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic malpractice. The ignorant assault on Palin’s accomplishments and experience, the breathless careless airing of deranged rumors about her private life, the staggeringly indecent mistreatment of her teenage daughter in a difficult time, the ill-informed piling on about the vetting process, the self-intensifying circle of tisking nodding heads utterly detached from a straightforward political event, have been amazing and eye-opening.

Too true.

And it’s simply because she’s a Republican.