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January 09, 2009

Unbiased, Neutral Journalist David Shuster: "Does Sarah Palin Ever Acknowledge She Was Unprepared to Run for Vice President?"
Plus: Sarah Palin, Unqualified PTA Mom; Princess Caroline, Eminently Qualified Trust-Fund Mom

Video below the fold. Funny that the objective and apolitical Shuster is so antagonistic to the right-leaning Ziegler.

Note that while Palin was derided as a mere hockey mom who served as the mayor of a small town Barack Obama calls "Wasilly," Princess Caroline is being hailed as a model for moms re-entering the workforce.

Re-entering the workforce? One cannot re-enter a place where one has never stood.

Kennedy seen as model for re-entry women

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jan 8, 2:08 pm ET

NEW YORK – With her Camelot pedigree and Park Avenue address, Caroline Kennedy is not exactly the average American woman. But many women identify with her impulse to enter the work force after two decades of child rearing.

Kennedy's bid for the Senate has reignited the "mommy wars" between mothers with careers and those who take a break from paid employment. Like Kennedy, many women face resentment when they return to the work force after raising kids and doing volunteer work.

Ah, yes. Many women are confronted with the difficulty of "re"-entering the work force after doing the socialite scene "volunteer work." That's the main problem most American moms have -- after spending years of organizing and hosting ritzy cocktail parties for charity, sometimes they just don't find that experience helps them much when seeking a job.

"She's a Kennedy, but she's a lot like us," was the headline of a Dec. 28 column by Anne Glusker in The Washington Post. "If you strip away the glamour, the name and the money, then Caroline is ... me. And many of my friends."

Kennedy, 51, graduated from Columbia Law School but never practiced law. She raised three children, wrote and edited several books, served on the boards of public service organizations and worked as the unpaid chief of fundraising for the New York City schools.

Now that Kennedy's three children are adults or nearly so, she is opting to get back onto the career track, though on a much grander scale than most women.

Sarah Palin re-entered the workforce -- of which she had actually been a part -- at least a decade ago, and not in a trivial way, like "editing" books which she did not of course edit at all, but was merely paid a sum to lend her famous name to.

In short order, Palin was on a city council, then mayor, then had an important administrative position overseeing the state's vital oil industry (in which of course she exposed corruption), and then she became a mayor. Oh, and all during this period, she operated a commercial fishing business. And raised four kids (the fifth would come later).

But Sarah Palin was an unprepared mom way out of her depth even though she had reached the pinnacle of state politics two years ago, and Princess Caroline, meanwhile, is a hero to "working women" (even though she never worked) who "return" to the workforce.

Why is no one bothered that Princess Caroline, who has no experience and indeed, almost no work experience whatsoever, might not be quite up to the job of Senator, giving "advice and consent" on matters of war and peace?

It is true that the job of Senator isn't really, um, all that demanding. A senator is one of a hundred, not really responsible for much at all.

That is true, I suppose.

So tell me again why Joe Biden's career of doing nothing but serving in this job, which a mom with no experience can easily handle, makes him so qualified to be Vice President?

If a mom with no experience can do this job -- and no one worries that inexperience will cause any problems in performing it -- how can this job also be so demanding and crucial that it forms the perfect background experience for Joe Biden?

The job of Senator can't be both simultaneously -- it cannot be so important in confers experience and judgment apparently lacking in a governor's service, and yet such a responsibility-free blow-off that a ditzy socialite who has done little in her life except host Upper East Side cocktail parties can be entrusted with it.

Thanks to JackStraw for the clip. Sweet Caroline article lifted from Hot Air.

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