I Love This Woman

4 12 2009

Sarah and Trig

Like other conservatives, when Sarah Palin was named McCain’s VP running mate and bursted like a shooting star onto the national scene, I instantly fell in love with her. (For those with a filthy mind, it’s a Platonic love of respect and admiration.) We’ve followed her rise and travails, and were disgusted and outraged by the Left’s (and some from the Right) vile ad hominem attacks on her and her family. But she remained strong and true.

Now, I have another reason to admire her. She has become the visible and proud standard bearer of the pro-life movement.

The account below moved me to tears….

~Eowyn

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PALIN, ANTI-ABORTION STAR

In the months since she returned to the public spotlight, Sarah Palin’s continually evolving political identity has undergone a subtle change as her public persona centers increasingly on her disabled son Trig.

Palin began her political career as a reformer breaking up Alaska’s corrupt boy’s club, and shifted seamlessly into last fall’s campaign trail culture warrior. But her decision to carry to term her Down syndrome child established a special relationship with anti-abortion activists, and now Palin has transformed herself from a politician who was anti-abortion into the leading figure of the anti-abortion movement.

Since resigning the Alaska governorship many of her public appearances have been on the anti-abortion circuit — her first speech outside of Alaska this year was at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., and in November she headlined Milwaukee fundraiser for Wisconsin Right to Live. She has fought President Barack Obama’s health care reform in large part on anti-abortion grounds: It would, she’s claimed, expand coverage for abortion, and steer the elderly toward euthanasia.

But the most striking evidence of her son’s impact has been Palin’s book tour promoting her memoir “Going Rogue.” As she descends from her tour bus or private jet to meet her fans, 19-month-old Trig has been a conspicuous presence — and generated a huge response. “There’s a lot of people who come through the line to see Trig instead of to see her,” says Jason Recher, a campaign aide who remained close to Palin and is now accompanying her on her book tour.

And those people, says Greg Mueller, a veteran anti-abortion political operative and former spokesman for Pat Buchanan, are getting a powerful message. “She’s going out there as a pro-life woman to say that there’s great joy in special needs kids — and that we shouldn’t be aborting them.”

Though the anti-abortion movement remains strong and deeply rooted on the right, the recent conservative resurgence has been driven by anti-government sentiment — not by the abortion battle. Palin’s own ability to infuriate and delight often has more to do with her notions of patriotism and her views of the White House than with her place in the abortion wars. But Trig is part of what makes Palin so singular among conservative leaders. 

You just can’t escape it — she really is cut from a completely different cloth than most men, but also women, in politics,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-abortion candidates. “She had the audacity in the eyes of the abortion rights world to actually have this child, and then has the audacity to bring him along with her and feature him as a centrally valued person in their family.”

Palin’s increased focus on abortion rights, an aide said, was driven by the passionate response to Trig during the final days of the McCain campaign.

“It was something we were all surprised by — the reaction to Trig and the reaction to the special needs portfolio that McCain had given her during the campaign,” said Recher.

Palin, like most politicians, has sought to capitalize on her family’s story without subjecting her children to unpleasant scrutiny, but with decidedly mixed results. Her daughter Bristol’s unmarried pregnancy took center stage at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and her breakup with Levi Johnston, the baby’s father, continues to generate headlines.

But if Palin had any ambivalence about exposing her older children to the spotlight, there’s none for Trig. He enjoys the crowds, said Recher, and at every stop, there are admirers who have come specifically to meet him.

“It’s always a special moment when he meets somebody else who has Downs,” said Recher. “I get emotional, the security people get emotional, the parents get emotional.”

The first day of Palin’s tour, in Grand Rapids, Mich., she stepped off her bus with Trig in her left arm, and carried him during quick remarks before handing him off to sign books. Three hours later, she returned to the bus – but not before pausing to wave the hand of the nonplussed baby to the crowd. In Asheville, N.C., she stopped at the door of her small plane to hand Trig to her host — the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. (Recher, the aide, held the baby for the press conference.) She was still carrying him to meet the throngs in Richland, Washington on Sunday, where a “We Love Trig” sign was spotted in the crowd.

For Palin, Trig has proven both a powerful political rallying point and as a kind of shield. In “Going Rogue,” and in interviews, she has lashed out at critics such as Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan who have raised questions about whether she is actually the mother of the child.

Palin’s allies have taken the argument a step further, suggesting that antipathy to her is based on the belief that she should have had an abortion rather than bearing her son.

“Mother and son have become objects of the left’s unrelenting scorn” and of hatred reflecting “a broader societal bias against disability,” wrote Christian conservatives Gary Bauer and Dan Allot.

Those people are, in fact, rather hard to find, with Bauer and Allott relying on obscure bloggers for evidence of vitriol.

For Dannenfelser, Palin is an unequaled spokeswoman not only because she’s perceived to be under assault, but because her story can bring in women who are on the fence. In her book, Palin writes that twice she considered abortion, if only “for a split second.”

“It was a fleeting thought, a sudden understanding of why many women feel pressured to make the ‘problem’ go away,” Palin wrote. “I knew, though, what goes through a woman’s mind when she finds herself in a difficult situation. At that moment, I was thankful for right-to-life groups that affirm the value of the child.”

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4 responses

4 12 2009
Pinandpuller

These people have a load of guilt they are carrying around.

4 12 2009
Doc's Wife

I also love Sarah Palin. She is a typical, American mom, and Americans can relate to her. Most libs wouln’t be caught carrying a baby on their hip wherever they went–they would be left at home w/ some nanny. She is like us!!! She takes her precious little boy wherever she goes, just like most Moms would: that is why we love her!!!

4 12 2009
Cec Moon

We have no good idea where she will wind up in the panoply of American political stars. What we do know is that in the long run that really counts, the after life, she will an honored servant of the God she loves. Her devotion to the unborn must result in her being very close to the throne.

If the truth be known, the very sight of her face or mention of her name probably brings a rush of guilt, shame, and jealousy through the mind of the most heartless liberal baby killer. They will never speak of it but it has to be there.

4 12 2009
DCG

Her daughter Bristol’s unmarried pregnancy took center stage at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and her breakup with Levi Johnston, the baby’s father, continues to generate headlines.

Typical AP lib spew…an “unmarried pregnancy” as opposed to a “mistake” that her child shouldn’t be punished for…continues to generate headlines only because sleaze outfits like ET et.al. give that POS baby father his extended 15 minutes of fame.

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