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PalinBy Kim Stagliano

John McCain has just selected Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his runningmate. She's 44 years old and the mother of five children, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome.

By the way, if you want to continue the political conversation, I've written a piece about Governor Palin at Huffington Post called, "Gov. Palin: Is Not Taking Maternity Leave a Conservative Value?"  You can click HERE to read it. Come on over to comment, won't you? The link loads slowly. HuffPo is busy!

Kim

Comments

Media Scholar

Here's a question....the reports from the Alaska high school state the daughter was out for four months with mono. That's a bit long for mono.

It seems that mono and pregnancy would overlap.

So is it possible that the daughter's mono spread to the unborn child via the mom?

Here's a curveball, if the conspriracy buffs are right and that the baby with Down Syndrome it's possible daughter contracted Epstein-Barr virus(Mono)during pregnancy.

Many believe that Down Syndrome affects children born to older moms, but apparently it largely affects children born to 15-17 year olds.

Twyla

I don't think it is possible that the daughter had two pregnancies in such a short period of time. No doubt there will be some other explanation.

God help the Palin family!

"This just in, from www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13050.html
"Besieged by blog rumors about her 17-year-old daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — named Friday as running mate of John McCain — released a statement Monday saying her daughter is pregnant and plans to marry the father."

So the daughter went ahead and got pregnant twice? Wasn't the first time enough? Is the daughter trying to bring mom down, or is the daughter merely screaming for attention in a way she knows best?

Maybe if the mom kept a closer eye on her daughter than on getting ahead in politics "barracuda" style, they would not be in so much trouble.

Twyla

This just in, from www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13050.html
"Besieged by blog rumors about her 17-year-old daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — named Friday as running mate of John McCain — released a statement Monday saying her daughter is pregnant and plans to marry the father.

"The governor and her husband, Todd, said their daughter Bristol plans to keep the baby.

"'Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that, as parents, we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned,' the Palins said in the statement. 'As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.' ...

"'We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that, as parents, we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

"'Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.'"

Also see www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223.

Curiouser and curiouser...

PhillyMom

Twyla-
So what is the litmus test for holding higher office? Those with disabled children need not apply? Is it ok for Barack and Michelle Obama to campaign across the country with 2 young girls, but not Sarah Palin? Nancy Pelosi has 5 (grown) children and has served in congress for 20 years. I do not think having a disabled child should disqualify you from being President or Vice President. If you don't support Sarah Palin because of policy stance, I fully support debate/discourse over issues. What concerns me is the "mommy" debate.

Twyla

Philly Mom -
It's not a matter of working vs. non-working. We're talking about someone being back-up for the president of the United States, if they are elected and were anything to happen to John McCain, who is 72 years old and has a history of melanoma. And in the meantime, she will be campaigning all over the country.

I work, and I agree with you that women should not be guilt tripped for working. But the presidency is not just any job.

Never-the-less, maybe she's a great delegator and has plenty of family to step in, including a supportive husband who may stop working for a while and a teenage daughter who may be the real mother -- o.k. that's not any of my business either!

PhillyMom

I think it is unfair to suggest that Sarah Palin will not be a good mother to a special needs child because she works. Whatever arrangements that her, her husband, and extended family make are their business. I have a child with autism and I work. Many moms with special needs children work as a financial necessity. Do we really need to start a guilt war on working vs non working moms of special needs kids?

Priorities People

I vote to have Palin's son have his mother home or close to it.

That's what CHOOSING LIFE means.

Taking responsibility to care for the life you co-produced. Not just birthing.

It takes character, sacrifice and unconditional love to care for a disabled child. She shows none of the above.

Diane

I find the rumors surrounding her baby amusing. However, I am not amused at the prospect of her leading this country.

Kerbob

What really hurts is now Camp McCain is coming out disclosing Lieberman was his choice. Are we supposed to believe the only thing he knows how to do is send signals from solitary confinement. (I wonder where he learned to do that)

So, McCain is tapping on the wall of his cell to us I-W-A-N-T-E-D-J-O-E.

Those of us familiar with things understand fully that John and Joe gave all of us high hopes that our children would finally have a voice, and that the nasty, hurtful, and bitterly snobbish attitudes in Washington recognized by all of us in both political parties would be dealt with appropriately.

Now the headlines are reading McCain wanted Lieberman.

Here's what I think.

If John McCain is a free man he makes the veep choice. That choice is Lieberman. Otherwise, he might as well go back to the Hanoi Hilton because he has no freedom.

He's just as much a prisoner to his own party now as he was after he got shot-down over Nam. That should speak volumes to all the rest of us Americans about the fringe elements of the Republican party who are proving time and time again that they are no better than John McCain's former Viet Cong captors.

Limbaugh and Coulter threatened to vote for Hillary? Big deal? That's two votes. The caravan moves on.

Party politics ended when parties became disloyal to the people.

kat23

LOL, it is weird anyway that this could be true. I've spent a lot of time today on and off the computer looking for photos of a pregnant Palin. NONE. The whole story is odd, and very sad if true. INteresting to hear that her friends weren't even allowed to visist. Of course, mono is contagious, so maybe that isn't so unusual. There is only one photo seen taken Feb 25, 2008. She most certainly did not look pregnant. I'll have to add that it is inconceivable that a mother would want her child born in a certain state, and would even risk her pregnancy to fly back. Her doctor would not have been with her in Texas. How could he have assumed that she and baby would be safe to return home. It isn't like flying to Alaska is like jumping to the state next door, and even that I would find strange. And what kind of doctor would give an opinion over the phone? He would at the very least suggest that she have a quick check up in a local hospital to insure that there was no other problem.
Too weird.

Pamela

Interesting to say the least!

I have a friend who's working in Alaska and who's daughter went to school with Bristol Palin this very past year. And yes Bristol was out of school the last 4 to 5 months of the school year. No one knew why but word is that she was seriously ill with mono. No one can support these rumors, however the only odd thing about the entire thing was not NO ONE was allowed to see Bristol for those few months she was out of school. Friends weren't even allowed to go to her house to see how she was doing.

Posted by: Randy Moss | August 30, 2008 05:26 PM

Twyla

re: Posted by: kat23 | August 30, 2008 at 03:46 PM

Well, this would explain why Gov. Palin was able to return to work after 3 daye and did not have to take maternity leave. Without even considering the issue of bonding with a new baby, there is the fact that most women are physically disabled for 6 weeks after birth.

This would also explain why a People Magazine reporter said that she interviewed Palin when she was supposedly 7 months pregnant, but Palin said nothing about the pregnancy until after she supposedly flew home to give birth prematurely, and then contacted the People reporter to say, "Sorry I didn't mention this in our interview, but I was 7 months pregnant". And supposedly the reporter didn't notice because Ms. Palin was wearing baggy clothes. This was on the People web site earlier today, but now I cannot find it.

How nice of her to cover for her teenage daughter, but if this is true it does show her to be a liar, for example her references to pumping milk. There is something to be said for honesty.

According to the L.A. Times, Gov. Palin "has fallen in line with other Alaska polititians when it comes to environmentsl policies... favored increased oil and gas drilling in sensitive lanes and waterways, opposed federal action to list the polar bear as a species threatened with extinction and supports a controversial program to allow aerial shooting of wolves and bears....favors the construction of one of the world's largest mining complexes at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.... opposes greater protections for beluga whales... favors drilling in the Artctic National Wildlife Rfuge..."

She is in favor of "opposing abortions, even in the cases of rape and incest; denying human contributions to global warming; supporting the teaching of creationism in public schools."

She loves burgers made of ground caribou, killed by herself or her family. Her father Chuck , a "part-time trapper", said to a Vogue magazine reporter who wanted an interview, "'Come on over, unless you have a problem with small dead animals' The magazine reported that a thousand caribou antlers were piled near the driveway of their home."

kat23

New blogs are circulating the web that this DS child is really her daughter's and not hers. Apparently her daughter missed the last 4-5 months of scholl due to mono.
Photoshop does wonder's, so the pics showing a more pregnant daughter than mom, are not necessarily true. Well, I guess the story may not be true either, but is an interesting thing. Maddow stated that her water broke and she just a plane quickly to make it to Alaska to have this child. I thought airlines didn't allow you to fly late in pregnancy, and especially is your water has broken. Just a curious thing....

Kerbob

The first reaction is, of course, who the heck is she?

I don't consider the fact that her own child is a down's syndrome baby is much of a factor in her own conduct as an official. She will not be much more than a glittering example for the social engineers at the Manhattan Institute Of Public Opinion and Perception Manipulation.

Prenatal testing is disgusting and completely unnecessary unless you subscribe to genocidal tendencies or just own stock in the abortion industries such as Autism Speaks, who have a stacked and staked interesting in promoting prenatal Autism screening.

On the other hand, Sarah Palin "officially" expressed very real looking Exxon Valdez commentary and concern. That issue had been going on for 19 years. Under Palin's watch Exxon had their punitive damages reduced by 90%, from %5.5 billion to just $500 million or so.

The Alaskan victims of Exxon Valdez or their off-spring will now see a teeny tiny minuscule amount of justice. Experts report that claims against Exxon for the 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled, the lost income, the health impact, and of course, pain and suffering related to the disaster amounts to $15,000 dollars or so. In a twist of ironic thoughtlessness, Palin's own husband, fishing part-time, in 2007 reported $46,000 or so in income from a single salmon season.

The NPO think-tank types have been very busy bees. Undoubtedly, as suggested all along, the delay of justice is related to providing the alternative to justice. Another paper Eden worthy of all Masonic acceptance.

http://deadsmall.com/3SV

Keith

"If there is even a slim chance she will do the same with FDA and CDC then I hope she gets the chance."

Yes but remember Ginger, McCain will be in charge and consider who has been guiding him.

McCain has at least 37 big pharma lobbyists advising him or raising money for his campaign. At least 37 of the lobbyists advising McCain or raising money for his campaign have lobbied for big pharma. His lobbyists' clients have included PhRMA, Pfizer, Novartis, Astrazeneca, Wyeth, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Pasteur, Eli Lilly, Hoffman La-Roche, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. [Senate Lobbying Disclosure Records, accessed 5/30/08]

Twyla

I remember the days when my son was in an early intervention program at the age of 2. There were several kids with Down Syndrome in his program, and others we knew from OT and speech therapy. Their moms were very devoted, concerned about how to best help their kids develop their full potential, and often dealing with serious medical issues such as heart or abdominal surgery.

I think of myself, lucky to work 30 hours per week instead of 40, but still feeling torn, like I never had enough time for anything or anyone. I would rush home to take my son to 4:00 therapy appointments, along with my elder daughter (the youngest not born yet) with whom I would play in the hospital courtyard or cafeteria. Luckily I had enough vacation time to schedule appointments for medical visits, IEP meetings, etc.

I can't imagine being a heartbeat away from the presidency with a special needs baby. As president, you have to focus on your job at a level that exceeds the degree to which most of us focus on even demanding jobs. Yes, we may take work home sometimes, but for the most part when we leave work we come home and focus on our families. If a national crisis is going on, we watch it on TV.

Sarah Palin is proud of her pro-life belief and of having this baby with Down Syndrome. But how much time will she spend with this baby if she is now engaged in a demanding whirlwind campaign, and then if they win and she becomes vice president? Apparently she has supportive family -- a husband who may stop working, and grandparents and aunts and uncles. But how many of the extended family will move to Washington? Three of her kids appear to be approaching adulthood, but her younger daughter is quite small, and I know that mine at that age needed so much from me.

I'm so glad you wrote your HuffPo article, Kim, because I was chastising myself for having these thoughts. I consider myself to be somewhat feminist, and I believe that women should be able to do anything. Yet, most likely I would not be thinking these thoughts about her if she were a man.

At any rate, it does not appear to me that she is a person who would identify with our lives. It appears that she will delegate care of her special needs son to her husband, extended family, paid caretakers, and God.

I really try to stay away from politics on this site, because we are all united in our interest in autism, and politics can be so divisive, and I see both Democrats and Republicans on both sides of autism and vaccine issues.

But I cannot resist saying that, although Sarah Palin probably has some positive qualities such as energy and chutzpah, so far she reminds me of some of George Bush's nominations -- a feisty, personable, underqualified ideologue.

Media Scholar

The GOP is often revered as the rich, white man's party. If this is the case, Sarah is nothing more than an Alaskan toy poodle.

The Manhattan Institute loves the fact that they successfully foiled the dream team of McCain-Lieberman.

So why would they love that?

Enjoy:

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/01/paul-offit-podc.php


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wkcep1mjI

KarenAtlanta

This has been a hard year to be a Republican.
I admit that for once I was eye balling jumping ship. I think I was near the edge when our "Pro Life" Congressional Rep slammed his door in my face after the DC Rally.
I am probably the only conservative out there who was actually rooting for a McCain Lieberman ticket.
That said I like the idea of a "reformer" "maverick" Mom to special needs.
Maybe it will lead to abolishing the CDC!

scarpenter

"what does this have to do with autism?"
I wish there was one place we could go to talk about helping our kids without bringing politics into it...after all, I thought this was called ageofautism not ageofpolitics.

Barbie Hines

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

This is a quote of Palin's...I sure hope she doesn't feel autism was created by God...I do not fault her for her opinion of her baby...but my baby's autism was not created by God...

Sue

I wholeheartedly agree with poster Garbo. Sarah Pallin has done some reasonably good things, but she is a loser when it comes to understanding environmental pollution and conservation issues. While vaccines may be a big part of the problem with our kids these days, environmental pollution and product contamination IS a part of the problem too; and imo, an equally serious one. Anyone who doesn't understand the need for environmental protection and the need to get away from the use of fossil fuels (all of which increase mercury pollution) is not going to get my vote.

As for what Obama thinks now, I don't know. But I do think that his wife's father's history of MS offers a chance to educate her about the dangers of mercury. And while I don't think any politicians are free from influence, I think Obama is much more likely to stand up to lobbyist/corporate interest pressures than McCain--just on the basis of the truly tremendous number of individual supporters he has attracted. I think it would be worth trying to educate and inform both the Obamas, especially Michelle--they at least seem capable of learning -- and of looking at the world from other points of view.

Sue

Barbie Hines

Not excited here...I cannot help but wonder if she will feel 'that we, like herself, need to simply come to a level of acceptance'...now don't kill me here...I simply mean that I cannot help but wonder if she will actually believe there is a cure for autism...and one more thing...again, don't kill me!...could she possibly be living our lives? Sure, her heart most likely feels the same...but I don't see how she could possibly be living our lives...many of us work full-time...being a governor or VP is the not the same as being a teacher or financial analyst...I just don't see how anyone could possibly "do" our lives and her job...not seeing the benefit here...for us or McCain!

Ginger Taylor

Peter Rost, Pharma whistle blower and Alaskan has a great post on her.

http://peterrost.blogspot.com/2008/08/so-who-is-sarah-paulin.html

He raves about her and laments her leaving Alaska because she has cleaned up state politics and sent several members of her own party to jail.

If there is even a slim chance she will do the same with FDA and CDC then I hope she gets the chance.

blueheron

McCain is a former POW. So he must really be a friend to veterans’ issues, right? Wrong.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

So why on earth would you think that Palin would be a friend to the special needs community simply because she has a special needs child?

Palin was chosen for her emotional appeal to voters, not her intellectual appeal. From the comments on this site--as well as other "special needs" sites I’ve visited today--it appears that this tactic is working out well for the McCain campaign.

And as for Palin having more "executive experience" than Obama simply because she's been governor of Alaska for two years--that's grasping at straws. By that metric, she has more executive experience than McCain, too. Heck, maybe she should be at the HEAD of the ticket!

What nonsense.

Do you actually believe that Obama is as inconsequential as Palin? Really? Do you think Palin could have taken on--and defeated--the Clinton political machine, possibly the most formidable political powerhouse in America today, as Obama did?

No you don't. The comparison with Obama is ridiculous.

Jim Witte

Re: Curt Linderman's comment

WHAT!?? Obama actually said he wanted compounding pharmacies under the control of the FDA? What on Earth does McCain (and Palin - does biomed do anything to *improve* Down's syndrome?) say, or have they been asked?

I find the comment about the autism community gravitating to the left interesting. I have noticed this too, but as I was reading Evidence of Harm, I was struck by how often the "good guys" there were conservatives..

Gee, I don't want to cast a protest vote for Hillary because she's for HilaryCare.. We all know that that means vis-a-vis vaccination. But she's have a *hell* of a time implementing it after the various autism-bombs currently hanging in the air finally drop.

I'm not sure I want to vote for Obama after reading that. And I'm not sure about McCain.

My general feeling is that the next president will try to not really do much of anything. When the 'autism crisis' finally gets to the point where it cannot be ignored.. Then he will probably respond the way most presidents respond to crises - things said and done in haste.

In my mind, who's in Congress matters more, because they're the one's who will be "fine-tuning" CAA, as well as in control of the Congressional hearings that will inevitably happen (at some point) over autism, and - maybe - Gardasil.

As Ginger Taylor said on her blog about the Nassau County hearings over vaccines (and ended?) - ACT LOCALLY. Congress is more local than the President.

Garbo

It would seem the good lady Governor is much more a friend of big biz than environmental health. Via Firedoglake:
According to the Alaska TV news station KTUU where Gov. Palin “appeared occasionally as a television sportscaster,” Palin was so determined to defeat a Clean Water ballot measure this summer that she broke the law to oppose it:

It is against the law for the governor to officially advocate for or against a ballot measure; however, Palin took what she calls "personal privilege" to discuss one of this year's most contentious initiatives, which voters will decide Tuesday.

Along with taking a position on the big mine's side, Palin's administration apparently used state Department of Natural Resources resources to lobby for defeat of the Clean Water Initiative under the pretense of creating a state run website to "educate" citizens. The citizen group Alaskans for Clean Water responded by filing “a complaint against DNR for a recently-launched state website meant to clarify the issue for voters. “

The complaint alleges that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) improperly attempted to influence the outcome of an election by publishing information against the initiative on its website. It also alleges that DNR failed to report to APOC the expenditures, including employee time, related to creation of the information.

“It has become clear to us that the Department of Natural Resources is working hand-in-hand with the industry, and that the state is inappropriately making efforts to influence voters on this ballot initiative,” said Art Hackney, a co-sponsor of Ballot Measure #4.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission agreed with the Clean Water advocates and ruled that the website had to be taken down:

APOC ruled that the state has an obligation to be “fair and neutral” and that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) web site was not fair. In fact, the Commission said it had problems with the wording on nearly every page of the site. APOC also ruled that all state officials are enjoined from making public statements that are critical of the initiative.

The Clean Water initiative which was opposed by mining interests required that wild salmon runs be protected by any new mining operations.

The initiative was defeated – with the Governor’s help – on August 26 – opening up Bristol Bay for the largest open pit mining operation in the world.

Way to go Gov Palin – respect for law? Protection of the environment? Not so much.

curt linderman sr

I am finding it very disturbing that the autism community seems to be gravitating to liberal ideas and websites (huff post...the bloggers / lefty attack dog convention that NVIC went to) yet I never see them at the conservative conventions. I think that Palin is a wonderful choic ALL of these politicians need their minds changed and I think it is important to work with all of them, not just the liberals that really want to dumb the population down. I am finally fired up about this election. A special needs mom in the white house is a fabulous idea, perhaps we'll finally get some action pertaining to our plight. OBama certainly isn't going to do anything. I wrote him about the legislation concerning compounding pharmacies and he basically told me that he wanted compounding pharmacies and our ability as citizens to purchace natural remedies under the control of the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies (for our own safety, since we're obviously far too stupid to know what we're doing)!
The idea that liberal social engineers/politicians are fighting for our families is a ridiculous idea. These people want to control everything that happens in our country and take any personal freedoms that we may now still have (after a horrible eight years) away. As a special needs parent, there is no way in the world that I would vote for any of these leftists that seem to control the democratic party now!
I finally have a reason to vote for my party again, I think Palin will make a great VP and if the need arises, she has more executive experience to be prez than the one that the dems just nominated.

Julie Swenson

Well, I can't stand McCain and I don't know much about Palin, but if she did become the VP, I really think she has a huge obligation to start a serious dialogue about early education for special-needs kids. This could be a giant leap forward for EI!

kat23

Palin strikes me as a mom who may have been first in line with her daughters for Gardisil. I hope am wrong.

blueheron

Q: Senator McCain, considering that you own seven homes and believe anyone who makes less than $5 million/year is in the middle class, do you think you understand the plight of average Americans?

A: But I was a POW!

Q: Governor Palin, the U.S. uses almost 25% of the world's available oil, yet has just 3% of the world's reserves. In light of this, why do you believe that expanding offshore drilling will help solve our energy problems?

A: But I have a child with Down Syndrome!

Q: BlueHeron, how can you possibly say anything bad about these candidates?

A: But I have a child with autism!

Honestly, the response on this and other "special needs" boards today illustrates exactly why McCain made this choice. "Aww, she's one of us! I'm votin' for her!"

We're being played, folks.

Palin's decision to bring her Down Syndrome baby into the world is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But being the mother of a special needs child has no bearing on her qualifications to be vice president of the United States.

kathryn kelley

I think she is a great choice because of her experience (although short) as a governor. A successful governer has to deal with so much more than a senator etc.. they deal with the whole picture of the state not just special interests. my two cents.

Richard

I think the only ones that truly know the hardship of having a special needs child are other families with special needs kids.
I believe this will bring attention to our plight and open up doors for our cause if McCain and Palin are elected.

Garbo

I for one have really mixed feelings. I think it's great that she's a mom, regardless of her baby's special needs, but I was kind of hoping for someone who might be ready to actually lead the country in the event that McCain's age/health become a factor. I can't really see her sitting down across the table from other world leaders and negotiating arms or trade deals. I kind of don't get it. But she seems really nice.

Also, re: a post below, I think it's her sister that's getting the nasty divorce. The reason they're bringing it up is there's an investigation into whether Palin tried to get the sister's soon-to-be-ex husband fired from his job as a state trooper -- when his boss wouldn't, she fired the boss instead, apparently. I suppose that's one way to get things done. Maybe if she were unleashed on the CDC we would get results.

Gatogorra

Michelle Obama's dad had MS. We're very lucky this election to be able to choose from two candidates who recognize the epidemic and who would have people within their administrations with family experience with disabilities. So, some things being somewhat equal (though everyone has a different "gut level" response), it's interesting to look further (of course, Wiki is a lousy source but is a start):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

Palin's husband works for BP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BP

Stagmom

It's still news and relevant. I'm not making any comment on Down's Syndrome moms versus Autism Moms - one's clearly genetic and let's not get into the rest on Friday of a holiday weekend! I hope you find posts like this refreshing and that they are appealing to new readers as well as longtime, loyal readers.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

KIM

Autism Remember

Kim,
Thanks for your clarification. That was helpful.
I get a little nervous when there are parents, with children with a genetic disability, lending their thoughts and resources to autism research. We are trying so hard to pull away from that frame of thinking (autism = purely genetic) Autism Speaks has a similiar thought process and it would be very easy for political parties to fund research in that direction. All in the name of autism research.
Pardon my distrust. I own it honestly.

Keith

"That the potential vice president will have a child with special needs, an infant at that, is also relevant. "

But Kim, just because she has a child with special needs doesn't mean she will necessarily have similar views and interests in autism that AoA readers have.

I can put you in touch with several mother's with kids that have Down's and are resentful for many reasons of the autism community. Often times (but not always) their mindset is one of "it's genetic".

I heard on the radio she is also going through a nasty divorce. There could also be another sympathy angle attempt to lure particularly female voters.

Such kinds of things could partly explain why he chose someone with so little experience - and isn't that what they claim about Obama?

Keith

"so what?"

Other than pull on heartstrings and attempt to pull away Hillary moderates I don't understand this choice at all.


Stagmom

The CAA slates an awful lot of money for autism research. With that in mind, I think who we select as the next president is relevant to autism. That the potential vice president will have a child with special needs, an infant at that, is also relevant. Thanks for asking.
Kim

Remember autism

What does this have to do with autism?

Grandma Nan

I am so thrilled with John McCains choice of
Sarah Palin to run for VP along side of him.
I wasn't sure of who I was going to vote for in this election. Now I am convinced it is going to be McCain.
What a great partner for him. She has stood up to many who were not in the best interest of the constituants in Alaska. She is for the tax-payers, families, economy, energy, the end of the war and yes I think she will be a big part in getting the help that many of our families need
with disabled children. She has a child diagnosed with Downs Syndrome.
Finally a Mom who will be able to relate to all the Mom's who are struggling in this country for help for their children.
I am the Grandma of a Grandson with Autism and I am so happy right now, that I feel I'm going to burst.
I can now have some hope for our country and our children who are suffering. I truly believe this. So "GO SARAH"!!

Jeffrey Deutsch

Hello Kim,

You got it right on your personal blog...Ms. Palin is 44.

I went straight to your personal blog and here because I figured you'd cover it right away - for more reasons than one.

Jeff Deutsch
Building Common Ground

Nicole

Maybe when Sarah Palin was a little girl and she told people she wanted to be in the White House, they shrugged it off and said "sure thing, little girl", not really wanting to tell the her it could never happen. One day those of us in the vaccine reform movement will look back and think "wow, it has really happened."
In America, anything is possible!

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