What I find most amusing about following the story of the pregnancy of Bristol Palin, daughter of presumptive Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is how so many on the left use this to call the Alaska Governor’s fitness for office. Â
At the same time, one of the nation’s leading social conservatives, James Dobson has shown considerably understanding for the family’s situation, saying all this situation really means “is that she and her family are human.” Â I wish he could show similar understanding for gay people.
He’s not the only evangelical leader to release such sympathetic statements.
What this controversy does is generate more interest in Palin’s speech Wednesday night, all but ensuring a larger audience. Â If she does as good of a job then as she did last Friday, she should succeed in overcoming the doubts about her ability to lead, helping this novice on the national stage earn the admiration and affection of the American people.
This all could redound to the GOP ticket’s benefit. Note I said, “could.”
NOTE–Bumped this post.
UPDATE: In a most excellent essay, “Sarah Palin: A Bold Choice or a desperate one?,” on the benefits — and possible downsides of the Palin pick, Powerline‘s John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson offer, “The question is in part one of perception, and it is too early to know how most voters will view the implications of Palin’s place on the ticket.” Read the whole thing!
UP-UPDATE: Â As to the power of speeches to improve a candidate’s image, recall the Checkers Speech.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Ann Althouse agreed with me that the audience for Palin’s speech will be huge: “Much depends on her speech tonight, and I tend to think it will wow the viewers.” Hope she’s right.