The Most Revealing Anti-Palin Piece Yet

Well, well, well. Michelle Cottle, a senior editor at the New Republic, has figured it all out — the appeal of Sarah Palin and all. In what may be the most revealing piece of writing to come out of liberal circles since the Palin pick, she published a blog item today in which she discerns from a conversation with a friend at least as hostile to Palin and conservatism as she is that the Republican party just doesn’t trust people who don’t have dozens of children out of wedlock:

These days, a stable nuclear family consisting of two parents with only one or two kids–once considered the traditional ideal–is now often regarded as elitist or blue-stateish. In order to be truly authentic and win the respect of conservatives…, people need to have experienced some of the more colorful “complexities” of family life, by either getting themselves knocked up at an early age or winding up with what many people might consider “too many” kids.

First, when exactly was having “only one or two kids once considered the traditional ideal”? Whose tradition would that be — a tradition that, were it upheld, would cause a society to depopulate itself entirely in four generations? Perhaps Cottle is thinking of post-World-War II Italy? Or Post-Communist Russia?

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The Most Revealing Anti-Palin Piece Yet

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