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Pinning Down Mother Palin

I had planned to attend the GOP rally in Orlando this weekend. I had my flight reserved and my hotel and car rental all organized and paid for. Yesterday, something came up and I had to cancel. It was disappointing, but in life things happen and plans change.

Just about five hours ago I got a phone call; it was the police. All they said was that they had my son and that I needed to make my way to a specified bus stop. Of course I panicked since I had no idea what was going on. I live just around the corner from the specified location so it took me just about two minutes to get there, but those were one of the longest two minutes of my life.

Apparently, my 8-year-old son hopped onto a bus. The driver noticed a young kid alone on the bus (my son is a little short for his age) and for safety reasons called the police. I made my way straight to the location and everything went well.

As I returned I started thinking; had I not cancelled my trip today I would have been about to pass through security at the airport when the call came in. Like most responsible parents I would have dropped everything, grabbed a cab and gone straight back home to sort this out. Of course, there would have gone my trip.

As we’ve become accustomed, whenever Governor Palin has a good week and conservatives candidates are leading in the polls, some hit piece will make its way into the mainstream. Politico has one of those hit pieces. The general take-away from the article is that it’s hard to pin the Governor down:

According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning. She offers little notice about her availability, refuses to do certain events, is obsessive about press coverage and sometimes backs out with as little lead time as she gave in the first place

In short, her seat-of-the-pants operation can be a nightmare to deal with, which, in part, explains why Palin doesn’t often do individual events for GOP hopefuls.

It’s not that Palin issues outlandish, rock-starlike demands such as certain-colored M&M’s in the greenroom. At the events Palin does attend, officials say, she’s no diva. Kind and courteous is the more frequent description.

Note: [O]officials say, she’s no diva. Kind and courteous is the more frequent description.

This story will be covered throughout the day, but here is my take:

It’s not that the Governor is mean or unkind. On the contrary, she’s kind and courteous. So what’s the complaint? It’s hard to “pin her down” and her scheduling is “last minute.”

Any parent would testify that when you have kids, it’s kind of difficult to “pin down” anything. You can make as many plans as you like, but all your kid has to do is hop on a bus and everything changes. I’ll go out on a limb and say that when you have a two year old special needs kid, pinning yourself down gets even more complicated.

The hypocrisy from the Left is astonishing. When Governor Palin does events, she’s criticized for not spending enough time with her children. When she organizes her schedule around her kids, she’s criticized for spending too much time with her children. You can’t have it both ways. Pick one and stick with it.

In the past 3 weeks, Governor Palin has criss-crossed the country and given speeches at more than 15 events. All of those events were scheduled well in advance. I didn’t hear any reports of the Governor cancelling any of those events, which tells me that the Governor is quite well organized and sticks to her schedule. However, it seems that everyone in the GOP wants a piece of her; they expect that when they ask her to jump she’ll just ask how high.

Sorry folks. Governor Palin has 5 kids and as explained, kids are unpredictable. She really can’t over-schedule herself, and as a mother some of her plans can and will only be last minute.

Then how would she be able to run for President? At the moment she’s not running for anything, so she doesn’t really need a large team. If Governor Palin chooses to run, she will expand her team, she’ll sort out her scheduling, and you can bet that she’ll have someone on her team to handle all those times when Trig decides to hop on a bus.

Cross-Posted: PalinTV – Conservatives4Palin

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