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It's a throw away line in an article about how Palin uses her family as a political prop. Of course that's the impression I got, that the woman uses them as props first and foremost. That wasn't what article apparently aimed for. Heck, the article labels her Maverick. (God, how I hate that word) Here're the lines that made me say WTF:

Palin held her baby in her arms as the warden drove a short distance around the facility, said corrections director Joe Schmidt, who sat next to Palin. A few days later, the governor got a warning from her public safety commissioner that someone had complained that she did not strap Trig into a car seat for the ride.

Palin dismissed the complaint as petty, and the commissioner, whom she appointed, took no formal action.

No "of course I strapped him in. I'm not a idiot. I'm a good mom" Just a dismissal of the accusation as trivial.

It's a reflection of her personality. The dumb rules we have to follow, no matter how important, don't apply to her. She's a risk taker. And yeah, it's the Frontier Woman persona that appeals to a lot of people. Buck the dumb rules that restrict the huge vitality that is Palin. Mavericky!

And if she wants to act reckless, I say sure go on, go for it. But she keeps dragging in her family (the title of the article is A Family Has Always Had A PLace In Palin's Politics) and when she does, she holds herself up as a Mom. And she keeps showing she dismisses their safety, too. Time after time, from even before Trig's birth, she shows herself as careless, skipping inconvenient steps, unforgivable for any caregiver of a helpless being.

When you dismiss laws that are designed to protect your family, even the stupid little rules of common sense, you deserve at least as much scrutiny and disapproval as Britney Spears got. Especially when your role in life is to uphold those laws.

So come on, Mainstream Media. Point out that she's got her career at the front of her mind and everything else comes second, including those precious people she trots out as props every appearance. She's all talk and careless action.  

UPDATE: Oh, oops! another more thoughtful diary already addressed this, but it's close to floating off the front page into limbo, so I guess I'll leave mine up--unless you guys push that other one into the rec list. It's not too late! Hurry!

Another UPDATE: It's apparently not an isolated incident. Celtic Diva wrote:  

...we went crazy up here when it was pointed out.

That's not the only time it's happened, either, she talked about one occasion in the car where she was driving and Todd was holding Trig in his lap

. See Andrew Halcro's blog.

Originally posted to katier on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:24 AM PDT.

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  •  Mc-Cain-Spears 2 008! (10+ / 0-)

    Let's find out if  O'Reilly ever went ape shit about Britney driving with the  baby in her lap.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by SpiderStumbled22 on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:26:35 AM PDT

    •  I'm so glad someone posted on this... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...we went crazy up here when it was pointed out.

      That's not the only time it's happened, either, she talked about one occasion in the car where she was driving and Todd was holding Trig in his lap.

    •  Abortion and infanticide by Divine Intervention (2+ / 0-)
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      Thestral, MKSinSA

      (with a nudge by Sarah, but God won't mind).

      That she waited 18 hours to (0+ / 0-)
      seek treatment in a high risk pregnancy with a sick baby, then drives around with the baby unrestrained, with contempt for his safety, leads to the obvious conclusion. She doesn't want him, and hopes God's Will can intervene to take Trig home.

      God loves Sarah, so she must be wondering why He let this go on so long? Now she knows it's so Trig was sent by Him to be the perfect campaign prop.

      Obama and Biden likely can't touch this screaming indicator of deep pathology from future President, but it if fine for us to talk about it.

    •  Ask the Bush Secretary of Transportation (3+ / 0-)
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      Transportation chief: Britney ‘irresponsible’
      Secretary Mineta chides pop star for sending wrong message to fans

      John D Mchugh / AP File

      PHILADELPHIA - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta chided pop star Britney Spears as "irresponsible" for driving with her baby on her lap as he announced a new initiative Monday to improve child car-seat safety.

      "Recent photos of Britney Spears driving with her infant son on her lap are troubling. And while Ms. Spears has acknowledged her mistake, her actions still send the wrong message to millions of her fans," Mineta said at an event at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to mark the start of Child Passenger Safety Week.

      Photos published earlier this month showed Spears driving her sport-utility vehicle in Malibu, Calif., with her 4-month-old son perched on her lap. The pop star acknowledged that she made a mistake but said she acted instinctively when frightened by paparazzi.

      "No matter who you are, there’s absolutely no excuse for this display — not instinct, not fear, not even reckless paparazzi," Mineta said. "It’s irresponsible to compromise the safety of a child for the sake of the moment."

      After a tour of the hospital’s emergency department, Mineta announced $25 million in new federal funding over the next four years to states that pass and enforce new or tougher booster- seat laws. Sixteen states do not currently have such measures on the books, he said.

      "Each year, over 53,000 kids are needlessly injured in crashes," he said. "If all of these children had been riding in a booster seat, it’s possible that thousands of them would have escaped their crashes virtually unharmed."

      Booster seats — designed for children too big for traditional toddler seats and too small for safety belts — raise a child up so the safety belt fits properly.

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    Just a dismissal of the accusation as trivial.

    That may have been her only correct judgment in her political career.

  •  Palin is the Surge (1+ / 0-)
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    You remember the Iraq fiasco. Now all the republicans talk about is the surge.

    And you remember the McCain fiasco. And all the republicans will now talk about is the surge.

    You remember the fiasco of the last 8 years. And all the Republicans will now talk about is change!

    The electorate is pliable and the Republicans are good at manipulating them.

  •  I keep saying its MOMS that won't like her (4+ / 0-)
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    and I've been hearing it from my swing or sort of repub mom friends and they are swinging obama's way.  Last night I had some friends over and one friend who voted for bush told me she use to love McCain but can't vote for him now because of how Palin "exploited that baby at the convention."

    I'm betting this wont just break down along lines of male/female, rural/urban, etc. but that mothers will judge her hardest.

    Oh, and I heard from a die hard conservative woman that she's sitting it out now because Paulin can't even take care of her own kids so how could she run the country. Harsh!!!

    But to your story, it is trivial but its the kind of thing the gets mom's blood boiling!

    Work Hard, Laugh Often And Keep Your Honor. That's The Secret to Life. Tim Russert

    by MomDem on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:33:11 AM PDT

  •  I tried to correct your tag to Sarah Palin (4+ / 0-)
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    I'd recommend you change family to 'family values' and trip really isn't a good tag to describe this.

    But Child Endangerment is.

    I'd recommend you add that to the list of tags.

    In Alaska, it's a $50 fine if one is caught driving with a child unrestrained. In most other States, driving with an infant not restrained gets you jail time, assignment of social workers or at least a very hefty fine.

    It appears that in Alaska, life is worth $50.

    NC, MN, OR, MS, ID, KY, GA, TX, OK, ME - every State with a Senate race!
    Every House seat!
    Let's get to work!

    by shpilk on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:40:56 AM PDT

    •  As noted, it's a moving violation. (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, it's probably not even a moving violation, because they weren't on Alaska roads.  

      It's a far cry from child endangerment.  If you have any cases or statutes that suggest otherwise, this is the time to link to them.

  •  Car seats (6+ / 0-)

    With three children, my wife and I NEVER rode in the car without the children in car seats - even if she was in the back seat. And WTF is she doing taking a baby on a tour of a corrections facility, anyway???!!!?

    poor judgment all around, IMHO.

    •  Why was she even working? (1+ / 1-)
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      With all those young kids, her duty was to be at home with them.


      •  She wasn't at work when (2+ / 0-)
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        she didn't strap her kid in.

        If a woman wants respect as mother, she would be wise to act diligently with regard to her responsibility to raise the children.

        •  Yes, she was (1+ / 0-)
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          WASILLA, Alaska -- One Friday in June, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the chief of the state prison system on a tour of the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a 90-minute drive north of Anchorage. It was a routine visit but for the presence of the governor's infant son, Trig.

          Again, WTF is an infant doing on a correctional facilities visit?

        •  I believe she was touring a state facility (1+ / 0-)
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          as a state official.

          If a woman wants respect as mother

          This thread is about her as a politician.  Are you saying that female politicians should be judged by how good they are at being mothers?  And why don't we judge male politicians based on how good they are at being dads.

          •  seriously! (1+ / 0-)
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            thank god i'm not the only one.

            anyhoo...nobody would be saying jack shit about what a bad father someone is if he were running for office with a 5-month old special needs child.

            this one idea single-handedly throws the whole equality movement back some 30 years.

            "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

            by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:15:27 AM PDT

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            •  Never made that argument (2+ / 0-)
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              about running for office, or whether she could be an effective leader with a small child. But dragging the child around to prisons is a different subject entirely.

              •  i never said you did (0+ / 0-)

                but it has been made and that's what i was discussing.


                "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

                by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:31:02 AM PDT

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            •  If Obama had a special needs child (0+ / 0-)

              which he imperiled negligently and had at least one teenager destructively screaming for attention, you can be damn sure it would be an issue.

              •  i am only speaking to the idea (0+ / 0-)

                that palin has been criticized for pursuing her career in light of having a young, special needs baby.  and the fact that nobody would level an ounce of criticism against a man doing the same thing.

                it's bullshit.

                "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

                by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:29:48 AM PDT

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                •  Who did that? (0+ / 0-)

                  Palin a criminally shitty mother who doesn't care about the well-being of her own children, so why would she care about my kid?

                  If the baby were well tended it would be a different issue. Although any decent parent, of either sex, would sit this election out until stability at home is restored.

          •  If (3+ / 0-)
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            a male politician brought his two-month-old to a correctional facility, I'd be saying the same thing, and I think a lot of people would.

            Play the flip side of your argument for a minute: why is a female politician getting a pass on dragging her infant around to prisons, because she's a mom?

            •  I don't see this as a pass. (1+ / 0-)
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              She had an infant with her.  What's the big deal?  It's an infant.  People drag them wherever they go.  They don't board them in an ICU; they strap 'em around their shoulders in a sling and get perambulatory.

              •  It's a prison, ferchrissake! (2+ / 0-)
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                •  so what (1+ / 0-)
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                  infants spend some 90% of their time sleeping.  it's not like they pose * that * much of a distraction, especially for a job that really isn't super-structured, especially for one of the smallest governorships in the nation.  

                  and deride the "small town" shtick all you want, but take this to the bank:  people like palin and her isolated, small-town/rural hunting ilk are eminently practical.  your "salt of the earth" types.  think about it:  you don't hunt successfully and wind up with yummy mooseburgers if you do not know what you're doing.  you cannot live under the harsh conditions of alaska if you're a pollyanna nincompoop.

                  it's also true that such places tend to be more casual and laid back, not sweating a lot of the "appearance sake" crap - again, you don't survive up there by appearances.  so yah, the fact that she had her infant son with her for a blahdeeblah tour of the prison grounds...whoopdefuck.  i honestly applaud it.  

                  as to the seatbelt thing, given that it was secure, private roads, likely all of a 10-minute drive and probably not even exceeding 30 mph, making hay out of it will only come across as petty.

                  find something about them hitting the highway without strapping him in?  that would be a story.  tooling around the prison grounds?  not so much.  

                  "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

                  by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:47:57 AM PDT

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            •  i wasn't discussing the prison drive (0+ / 0-)

              nowhere in my post did i even mention it.  i was speaking to the notion that palin is criticized for something that would never even be considered regarding a man.

              "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

              by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:34:56 AM PDT

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              •  Who did that? Where? (0+ / 0-)

                The reason Edwards was vilified by Democrats after his affair was reveled was largely due that his devotion to family was something he exploited for support.

                Another man, or woman, who didn't use their own family as the center point of their campaign doesn't get treated as harshly. No one dares mention McCain's affairs, he admits he is a cad.

                If St. Sarah admits she is a failure as a mother and  she  doesn't care if her baby lives or dies, the issue can drop.  

          •  She wears her motherhood martyrhood status (0+ / 0-)

            on her lapel, literally. So you believe she can pretend to be a good mother, when in reality she is(kindly) negligent, but actually much worse than that.

            Either she takes her vaunted status as the brave champion of childbirth off the table, or it is fair game.

            The Republicans want the best of all worlds, typically..

          •  We judge female songstresses on that criteria. (1+ / 0-)
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            And they're not even running for office.

            If Obama took Sasha around Chicago in his lap when she was a baby, I would also question his judgment.  And I would expect him to take any correction seriously, and not brush it off.

    •  Oh my God (1+ / 0-)
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      Without a carseat she drove the sick baby to a jail.

      What are the alternative theories? No wonder the Republicans don't want this talked about. How can anyone spin this?

      •  where did it say trig was sick? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

        by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:16:16 AM PDT

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        •  Downs babies are susceptible to (0+ / 0-)

          many perils that healthy newborns are not.

          •  okay (0+ / 0-)

            but where did it say trig was sick?

            "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

            by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:28:01 AM PDT

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            •  Split hairs if it makes you feel better (0+ / 0-)

              Palin is a bad mother who pretends that she is supermom as part of her political platform. She made it an issue, so it should be fair game.

              There is no wonder why the Republicans want it secreted, if the public knew we may have another stupid sociopath in the Oval Office it could impact the election. But the myth of St.Sara will live on.

              •  you say "tomato" (0+ / 0-)

                i say "tomahto"

                you say "splitting hairs"

                i say "inferences aren't facts"


                "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

                by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:59:26 AM PDT

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                •  Facts are facts (0+ / 0-)

                  the baby was not healthy and a newborn.

                  But whatever.

                  Palin is a great mother because she can delivery quantity and not give a damn what happens after birth.
                  That's what prolife means after all.

    •  Rear facing carseats (1+ / 0-)
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      In our state the carseats are rear-facing for one year and 25 pounds because of the neck damage to the delicate little body.  Shaken baby syndrome is no joke.

  •  Loving the parallels with Spears (1+ / 0-)
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    Her teen-mom of a daughter and her own incredibly poor parenting skills on display.  Oh the delicious parody of the Celebrity ad that she is begging for if Obama were willing to stoop so low.

    So far as I can tell she's running for willful-ignormamus-in-chief, which I guess makes sense since there is an anticipated vacancy to fill.

  •  And for every ounce of energy we use on this (0+ / 0-)

    story, there are:

    -- a dozen unregistered voters who won't get registered
    -- a sheet of phone numbers that won't get called
    -- a block of doors that won't get knocked on

    I'm not trying to defend Sarah Palin, far from it. But you're preaching to the choir by spending time on this stuff.

    Let's get to work where it counts!

    Alleluia, the great storm is over, lift up your wings and fly! -Bob Franke

    by Montco PA Dem on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:16:46 AM PDT

    •  I don't agree with you. (5+ / 0-)

      I don't think people are spending time here instead of doing those things.  I think it's great to push actively participating but I don't think it's one or the other.  It's pouring rain here on a Sunday morning and no one better be calling me this early or knocking on my door... perfect time for folks to diary about incidents that the general public will be outraged about (look at the reaction to Britany) what we need is someone with footage of it happening.

  •  New celebrity commercial? (1+ / 0-)
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    Can you imagine a "celebrity" commercial showing split screen with Britney on one side and SP on the other, with the caption, "If SP cannot be trusted to keep her baby safe, how can she be trusted to keep America safe"?

  •  Since this is a diary about (0+ / 0-)

    Palin and how she does seem to have questionable parenting instincts, I wanted to add my impressions of some footage I saw recently on TV.

    Not sure where it was, but she was on stage with her family, (RNC Convention? ?on the campaign trail?), and she was holding "the baby'.

    She wasn't holding it in that very distinct proud 'motherly', this is 'my baby' pose. She was holding on to it as if she was doing someone else a favor. Holding it like a loaf of bread without actually even looking at it. She was looking at the audience and kinda shifting around on stage. She didn't once look at the baby during the footage they showed on the news. Maybe she had before, or after, but not during. Oh, wait! Yea, I remember, they showed her pregnant daughter holding hands with the boyfriend, future husband. So, it must have been the convention??

    I know this is probably trivial, and I wish to heavens I could remember the basis of the footage (links, details, etc), but it just struck me as odd. And I even went as far as saying to my husband "That just isn't her baby".

    Obama/Biden is the train I'm ridin' / / McCain/Palin can't fix what's ailin' because they ARE what's ailin' !!!!

    by karma13612 on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 07:32:57 AM PDT

    •  Please don't continue that rumor anymore... (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Totally agree. (0+ / 0-)

        The only thing I thought was "that baby must be so tired."  But it was a special occasion.

      •  But it's OK for you (0+ / 0-)

        to say this:

        These kids are being raised by wolves....

        This whole diary is finding fault with Ms Palin, and I'm still not totally convinced about lots of things.

        I don't think I'm continuing a rumour. It was already well developed before I commented.

        There are so many people that still think Palin is absolutely wonderful. I hear them on C-Span every morning on the way to work. I can't see how ANY women could vote for her or McCain if they knew the truth.

        Will I bring up the 'distraction' again. Probably not. But, as I said, this article was about Palin's judgements as a parent, and the way she looked on stage with that kid didn't make me think she was much of a parent.

        I don't spread idle gossip, I hate it.

        Obama/Biden is the train I'm ridin' / / McCain/Palin can't fix what's ailin' because they ARE what's ailin' !!!!

        by karma13612 on Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 11:27:30 AM PDT

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  •  It's about the law, not just motherhood. nt (1+ / 0-)
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