Lately, much has been made of the importance of being fair to Sarah Palin and her family. Apparently, rampant sexism and callousness are big problems nowadays. So let's go back to the good ol' days, and take a peek at what her esteemed partner, GOP standard bearer John McCain had to say about then teenage Chelsea Clinton:
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno."
Get it? You see how Maverick Johny not only gave that goshdarn Chelsea what for, but also managed to make indirect suggestions about her mom Hillary and Janet Reno? You see the cleverness and subtlety at work there? And teachers, can you imagine how thoroughly junior high school kids would enjoy that sort of wit?
Now when Maverick Johny apologized, his hometown paper and the AP also printed his attempt at humor. However, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and even Maureen Dowd ($) deemed his remarks too distasteful to publish. MJ added:
'I will always maintain a sense of humor. Life is too short not to.''
Ms. Dowd replies:
Life is also too short for making the President's daughter the target of a junky, misogynistic crack masquerading as humor.
It is indeed. And we don't need another shoot-from-the-hip President who acts before he thinks either. Maverick John's cynical, blatantly opportunistic choice of Ms. Palin, clearly far from the most qualifed for the job, just reinforces that.