Sarah Palin Says ‘Thanks, but No Thanks’ to America’s Moms

Thu, September 25, 2008

Moms & Politics


Sarah Palin likes to say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” a lot. Through her Washington, D.C. office (yes, believe it or not, the Alaska Governor has an office in Washington!), she did it again yesterday

MomsRising, a bi-partisan group, has been collecting thousands upon thousands of signatures on a letter to GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, to ask for more information about where she stands on issues important to working mothers (and fathers). Almost 22,000 people signed the letter, which said, in part:

“It was dazzling to see a mom on the stage at the Republican convention accepting the Vice Presidential nomination. There are too few mothers in the boardrooms and high levels of political office. As members of MomsRising.org we celebrate your path from PTA to Vice Presidential candidate, but we didn’t hear much in your speech about what you and your party will do for mothers and families.

“… Our nation can’t afford to ignore the issues of mothers and families any longer. We want to know where you stand on the issues which are critical to mothers like health care, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, after-school programs, childcare/early learning, paid sick days, and flexible work options.

“With now three-quarters of American mothers in the labor force, but a societal structure which hasn’t caught up to that modern reality, we, as a nation, are at a crisis point for our families. Bottom Line: Mothers want to ensure the well-being of their families. No mother should have to choose between taking care of a sick child and feeding her child. And no mother should have to choose between taking her child to the doctor and paying rent.

“Governor Palin, if elected Vice President of the United States, how will you support mothers and families?”

I had planned on being there yesterday morning with MomsRising co-founder Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and some other fabulous moms, but some bad shrimp at the PunditMom household the night before made venturing too far from the house a little iffy.

But from what I understand, Palin’s Alaska state staff told the MomsRising group that they could not accept the letter and the request to hear more information from 22,000 voters because it was campaign related.

Well, we wouldn’t want to know Palin’s positions on those issues if she wasn’t running for VP! I’m not sure why her staff felt the need to turn away a bi-partisan group’s efforts to get more information to the voting block Palin wants to get? I’m willing to believe that her state staff wanted to be extra careful about campaign-related items, but wouldn’t you think they would have made more of an effort to direct the letters to the place they need to go?

Sarah, if you’re really, really thinking that working mothers are voters you want in your court, you’re going to have to answer these questions before November 4. So why not do it now?

Come one — these are easy ones! Otherwise, we’re going to have to bring in Katie Couric again!

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10 Responses to “Sarah Palin Says ‘Thanks, but No Thanks’ to America’s Moms”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Her refusal to speak to women’s issues speaks volumes about what she will do for women as vice president. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. The collection of 22,000 signatures is no small thing. If that doesn’t get her attention, I can’t imagine what would.

  2. Teri Says:

    First off, a little honesty here, PM. This is not a non-partisan group. One of the co-founders has direct ties to MoveOn.org, which I’m sure you’ll agree has demonstrated slight partisanship. The other writes for The Huffington Post, which can only be described as non-partisan in some fantasy, parallel universe.

    Now, as a wannabe political pundit, I assume you have some basic knowledge of politics. Staff offices and campaign offices are two, distinct entities. In fact, the link you provided regarding Gov. Palin’s offices explicitly states: “Alaska law prohibits use of state equipment or resources for campaign or partisan political purposes. Please do not send any messages to these addresses or make calls to these telephone numbers concerning campaign or partisan political activities. Information about elections and candidates can be found by calling, writing, or e-mailing a campaign office for that particular candidate.” And the same would be true if you tried to get Obama or McCain’s Senate offices to answer campaign-related questions. Her state office CAN NOT accept a petition related to her VP candidacy. Surely you and MomsRising, evidence to the contrary, are more politically savvy than that? In case you’re not, here’s the scoop on the McCain/Palin DC-area office:

    1235 S. Clark Street
    1st Floor
    Arlington, VA 22202
    703-297-8900
    DC@johnmccain.com

    Right off the Blue and Yellow lines, either the Pentagon or Crystal City stations. Maybe try there next?

    Or maybe, just maybe, MomsRising did this deliberately in order to fuel anti-Palin sentiment. Hmm, pretty tricky.

    I understand that Palin has gotten under your skin. And I understand that you want answers to your questions, which is a legitimate thing to ask of any political candidate. But you seem to base your posts on blatant falsehoods and conventiently ignore facts in order to keep your anger going.

    Looking forward to your response.

  3. PunditMom Says:

    So what if one of the co-founders has ties to a partisan group? Why does that necessarily make all other things partisan?

    As for the rest of your comment, Teri, you clearly need your own blog!

  4. judy in ky Says:

    I think I live in that fantasy, parallel universe!

  5. Em's Place Says:

    She doesn’t answer questions at all. No matter if you are Republican or Democrat… call it what it is – DODGING THE QUESTION! If she can’t answer what she will do for women/families regardless of WHERE it is sent (and I think that even in her other office, they know her address and could have gotten it to her, but were making a point, I’m sure) then she is NOT a candidate I can back. The economy sucks. I don’t blame it all on Bush. I blame it on a lot of factors… but if she wants to be in power, she had better get used to answer questions. McCain picked her to sway women voters… and I just don’t think it will work.
    I’m a woman, I’m looking and hope to have a job soon, but much longer and I’ll be one of those moms you mentioned. Yes, I am degreed and experienced… It’s just TOUGH out here.
    Great blog!

  6. Shannon Says:

    It seems like Palin’s Washington D.C. office could have given the visitors from MomsRising the campaign office information. Wouldn’t that have been the polite thing to do? Maybe they were just preoccumpied with protecting her from any press coverage other than photo ops. Whatever was going on, it certainly adds to the appearance that Governor Palin is unprepared to answer the questions of the American public.

  7. Teri Says:

    It doesn’t necessarily make it partisan, except for, in this case, it does. MoveOn.org + The Huffington Post = nonpartisan? I don’t think so. If there are conservative women involved in this group, please provide proof. Transpartisan it is not.

    And if this group really wanted answers from Gov. Palin, as opposed to media attention, they would have gone through the proper channels to get them.

    As for the rest, are you sure you’re an aspiring pundit and not an aspiring politician? That way you duck issues and avoid answering questions leaves some doubt.

    PS — Kudos to Judy for admitting she lives in a fantasy world. At last, some truthfulness at PunditMom!

  8. PunditMom Says:

    Ha! Teri, you’re so funny!

  9. Randy Says:

    This is actually for Teri … I love you girl. Please start a blog of your own. It is refreshing to read such intellectual clarity and honesty.

    A gun owning, Creator fearing, individualist.

  10. Teri Says:

    Right back at ya, PM! You’re pretty amusing yourself.


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