Governor Palin is a little upset about double standards

"When I heard Barack Obama state in one of his interviews … that his wife was off limits, meaning, his family was off limits, I naively believed that they respected that … that it applied to all of us, but it didn’t apply."

but you know what would have made it easier? If she was a Democrat.

"Is it political? Is it sexism? What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst?" Palin continued.

Palin said her party affiliation likely had something to do with it.

"Had I been chosen perhaps to run as a reformer on the Democratic ticket, you would’ve seen an absolutely different, and I think if you will, a much prettier profile of Sarah Palin and the Palin family," she said.

Palin says she wants to wait until she sees how Caroline Kennedy is treated (and I think was can agree that she’s been getting "kid glove" treatment around these parts) before she makes up her mind about whether Democratic women have it easy. Me, I don’t think she has to. Remember this?

During her introduction of Sen. John McCain at a rally Tuesday, his wife Cindy took a shot at controversial comments recently made by another 2008 spouse.

“I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you? If you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country,” Mrs. McCain said while revving up the crowd and introducing her husband.

When asked at a media availability afterward if they were responding to Michelle Obama’s comments Monday that this election is the “first time” she was “really proud” of her country, Sen. McCain deferred to his wife–who reiterated her previous words.

“I just wanted to make the statement that I have and always will be proud of my country,” McCain said.

But I’m sure in the morning she felt really bad about it.

The wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain stood behind her initial response to Democratic counterpart Michelle Obama’s comment that for the first time she was “really proud” of her country. She told CNN’s John King that her own remark – that she had “always” been proud of her country – had been a spontaneous response, not a planned attack…. 

She repeated her defense of her initial reaction in an interview that aired on ABC News Thursday. "I don’t know why [Obama] said what she said,” said McCain. “All I know is that I have always been proud of my country."

Well, it was spontaneous, after all, and Sarah Palin wasn’t around to draw that line yet. Which she she did right up front in her convention speech, where she explained the difference between small town folks and, um, community organizers:

A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

I grew up with those people.

They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America … who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.They love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.

Unimpressed by the shining example set by the McCain campaign, the Democratic candidate brutally attacked Palin’s family.

Sen. Barack Obama said firmly that families are off-limits in the campaign for president, reacting to news that GOP running mate Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president."

Obama said reporters should "back off these kinds of stories" and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother."How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics, and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off-limits."

 …and so did his wife:

When it comes to candidates’ children, Michelle Obama says both presidential campaigns agree: leave the kids alone.

The wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, 47, says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show "one of the reasons why I’m proud of my husband" is his slience about GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s family issues.

"I know that they care about their kids, and we should let them deal with this issue," Michelle Obama, 44, a mother of two young daughters, says in the show scheduled to air Monday. "This shouldn’t be an issue for political discussion."

 but even then, the McCain campaign refused to be goaded into discarding their small-town family values:

October 17, 2008 1:57 PM

MIAMI – At a packed rally at Florida International University in Miami, Cindy McCain repeated one of her most controversial lines this afternoon. "And yes," she told the screaming, pom-pom waving crowd. "I have always been proud of my country."

The comment, with its implication that Michelle Obama had never been proud of her country before, set off a small furor. Taking the stage to introduce her husband, McCain said something that caught the media’s attention: "I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you, if you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country," she said, with more bite than usual.

Despite many people’s assumption that her words had been devised by a campaign strategist, she insists they were spontaneous. "You have to remember, I have a son" in Iraq, she said. "It just spilled out of my mouth, and then I got back on the bus and I thought, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?’ I thought, ‘Oh, I should never have opened my mouth. How did that happen? I’ll put duct tape over it.’ "

McCain, who steers clear of news on the presidential race and is unused to the press paying attention to her comments, was surprised at the reaction.

Um. Yeah. Well, that clears one thing up.

Class is definitely not involved in any way.

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