How high Gov. Palin puts education in her agenda is a matter of policy, and there should be hard data to figure that one out.
What I don't have a taste for is (1) reading too much from how parents appear to raise their families and (2) looking to blame the mother for any failures, esp. high profile moms.
American families are very diverse, and no one knows how the Palins are actually dealing with the education of their kids. To impute any clues as to policy tendencies from their kids' behavior (and in a YouTube video at that!) is foolish, in my opinion.
The husband should get equal blame, if indeed your allegations are true, and that there were no tutors that accompanied them in the campaign trail.
I'm imagining that, if this were true of Obama's daughters, that Michelle will get so much more blame than Barack in "neglecting" the education of their kids.
There's still a slight prejudice toward women running for high office or getting to the top of big business. In the Obama interview last night, it seemed perfectly normal that Michelle Obama declared she would still me "Mom-in-chief" to their two daughters, while Daddy Barack is busy with being Leader of the Free World. I wonder what that interview will look like if Michelle were just elected President and Barack is her First Dude. I wonder what the questions will be like about the daughters, and I wonder how Michelle and Barack would answer them.
In both of your well-thought out scenarios, the one common characteristic of the Democratic senators is their COWARDICE.
They are cowards to hide behind a secret ballot, afraid of retaliation from the progressive grassroots who are campaigning against Lieberman, and afraid of retaliation from Lieberman himself, lest he become more of a monster that we know he is.
I don't think a text link to a White House video will be as effective as a readily postable YouTube video.
For example, if this post had a link to some video somewhere about Obama's radio address, there's a chance I may not have gone to that trouble following the link. On the other hand, it didn't take a brain cell for me to click on the "play" button on that YouTube. And instantly, my president was talking to me on this website!
I hope they have video and other interesting goodies in the White House blog, so that people like us who live (and die) by the internet can get more. But YouTube is here to stay. It's easy, it's familiar, it's kid-friendly, it's senior-friendly, it's the new media. And once again, BRAVO! to Team Obama for thinking about new ways to get the message out and push our agenda.
I too was a fierce Hillary supporter, despaired when she lost the nomination, and for a while just watched the election from afar.
Then McCain exploded, the financial crisis grew larger, Sarah Palin become a scary possibility, and the kind of despicable Rovian divide-and-conquer strategy was deployed. Meanwhile, Obama stayed cool, used his brain, talked sense and solutions, and became a figure of undeniable integrity and confidence right before my eyes.
My partner and I made contributions to the Obama campaign, put up signs on our lawn, and talked to our Hillary holdout friends about how crucial it is to support not just the Democratic nominee, but Obama specifically.
He is a true contrast to Bush-- expertise, intellect, and reason are now back at the table of leadership. His apparent plan to stock his cabinet with a "team of rivals" but also a team of experts and stature is commendable, and inspiring of further respect and support.
I'm still a Hillary fanatic, but Obama has also risen to the same stature in my mind. And he ain't president yet! I look forward to his presidency with sheer excitement and audacious hope.
Let's take the long-term view that you suggest. If in the future, there's a crucial issue about Homeland Security that Obama wants the Senate to tackle and legislate, would you rather have a true Democrat to shepherd the legislation through the Senate, or Lieberman, who thinks the Iraq War is the kind of thing this country needs to keep us safe.
Instant gratification is not the issue, my friend. Even though there may be lots of that too, if Lieberman loses his prized gavel. The issue is, in the crucial months and years ahead, who in the Senate do you trust to help Obama push the government towards a more rational place?