Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 | 4:56 p.m.
Barack Obama may have declared candidates' personal lives (especially concerning their children) off limits, but the media didn't get the memo. Today during a satellite interview from St. Paul with Nevada GOP chair Sue Lowden, Jon asked whether Sarah Palin's parenting challenges are fair game for the media or irrelevant to her campaign for Vice President. Tune in to catch Lowden's animated reaction.
Lowden sought and received an apology from Nevada Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, who last week suggested that she didn't understand Palin's decision to seek national office, given the fact she has a newborn with Down Syndrome. That was before news of Palin's teen daughter's pregnancy dominated the dialogue.
I have little reason to doubt Palin's ability to bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and safeguard America from Russia while supporting her daughter through the challenges of teen pregnancy and ensuring the best care for her infant. But at the risk of incurring the wrath of my sisters at NOW, I get what Leslie is saying - not as a woman and mother but as a parent. A parent's first obligation, regardless of gender, is to protect his or her children. I've never heard the media glare described as particularly nurturing.
Also on tonight's program: Democratic congressional challenger Jill Derby, who hopes heavy Democratic registration will help her the second time around against incumbent Dean Heller.