James Dobson of Focus On The Family fame waffled against his own theory when talking about Sarah Palin on Laura Ingraham's radio show. When asked about the burden of having a family and juggling the Vice Presidency, Dobson had this to say:
DOBSON: I think that is her choice. That’s a personal matter that’s in her own family. And she seems to be doing it well. She loves her kids, she loves her family. … When she was elected governor, she eliminated the position of chef at the mansion because she wanted to do the cooking for her own family. I mean, this is a very unique, special lady.
DR. DOBSON: Some women are able to maintain a busy career and a bustling family at the same time, and they do it beautifully. I admire them for their discipline and dedication. It has been my observation, however, that this dual responsibility is a formula for exhaustion and frustration for many others. It can be a never-ending struggle for survival. …
On weekends, there’s housecleaning to do, clothes to be ironed and pants to be mended. … A little push in any direction and she could go over the edge.
If Palin should win (aaargh!) I can just see the headlines 6 months after the inauguration:
Sorry, Dr. Dobson, you can't have it both ways. Either Sarah Palin will be a super mother or a super Vice President. One of the two has to suffer. If she gets elected, however, I think we all will suffer.
Just a thought.