I don't know much about Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol except that I have had sympathy for her because of the incredibly cruel attacks on her by some on the left. Bill Mahar has been especially crude and boorish in his attacks on the daughter of a public figure (one wonders at the otherworldly courage of Mr. Mahar and others to attack a teenage girl. I'm sure there's some kind of battlefield decoration for that.).
But this, I am impressed with.
Bristol, though, truly not "afraid of life," has now echoed her mother's call to the president to reject the money Bill Maher donated to Obama's Super PAC. Obama might not technically have control over when and where and how "his" Super PAC spends its money, but he could publicly disavow Maher - or reach out to the conservative women who've been insulted by him.
In a post on her new blog and in clear, sincere language, Bristol appeals to the president's highest, noblest instincts - most especially his instinct to protect his daughters, the instinct he cited as the reason he felt compelled to call Sandra Fluke to apologize for Rush's insults. She writes:
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you'd return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you. After all, I've always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager. That's why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom - you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.
Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you. Now that you're in office, it seems you're only willing to defend certain women. You're only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.
What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women... even if they're just single moms? Even if they're Republicans?
It really is past the point that this double standard is allowed to exist. Any fair minded person would have to say that Bristol Palin is absolutely correct. Obama should return the money and make a strong statement in support of Palin.
And if Obama is half the man he claims to be, he'll take her up on her offer and call her.