Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Guido has his cake and eats it by suggesting journalists should hold back on non-political news about Sarah Palin's daughter as they did once before with a British politician. I don't care about the children, past lives, affairs or even the petty corruption of politicians, but everybody else does, not least the politicians themselves. They are the ones who parade their families - evidence of what exactly? Plainly, as Palin is discovering, they are hostages to fortune, they are being trapped in the same bubble of superhuman virtue in which less than virtuous hacks expect their leaders to live. Parading your family as evidence of your own virtue is selfish, cruel and usually hypocritical. Yet now they are all required to do it. And so we get the leaders we deserve - those prepared to sacrifice their families on the altar of their own ambition.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:41 am