Monday, September 15, 2008

Religion, Politics, And Pants

Who really wears the pants in the Palin family? (A sexist question, yes, I know.) Does Sarah Palin take the Bible literally?

Ephesians - Chapter 5:22-24
22. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savoir.
24. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Colossians – Chapter 3:18
18. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

First Corinthians - Chapter 11:3
3. Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

From A Palin & Palin co-vice presidency? by Kathy G.

I'm happy to see that the role Todd Palin plays in his wife's administration is finally beginning to get some serious scrutiny. Todd Palin appears to be his wife's most important adviser by far. But he hasn't been elected, nor does he hold any official position in his wife's government. He appears to be enormously powerful, yet he's essentially unaccountable -- and that's a scary combination.
Read the rest here.

From WWTD by digby:
I don't use the old saw "imagine if this were a Democrat" anymore because it's implicit in just about everything the Republicans do these days. But this is really too much. We heard constant hand wringing from the press during the primaries about the horrors of having Bill Clinton anywhere near the White house should the harpy Clinton win the election. Or Obama, with Clinton as his VP, for that matter. People have been rending their garments for months over the possibility that a successful ex-president might be hanging around the white house giving advice. (Of course, when Bush ran, the implicit --- if unfulfilled --- promise that Poppy would be around gave the same people confidence that the callow, unqualified Junior would have sage guidance.) Even Rudy Giuliani was soundly spanked for suggesting that his wife might sit in on cabinet meetings.

But here we have the underqualified Governor of Alaska empowering her even more underqualified husband, whose main claim to fame in life is being a snow machine racer, to be an intrinsic part of her executive team.
If Todd Palin played a large role in Palin's administration people have a right to hear from him about it. Hillary's professional life was a major concern in the 1992 election and Michelle Obama's speeches have been parsed almost as closely as her husband's. It would be one thing if he was uninvolved in his wife's business, like Howard Dean's wife was. But any spouse who is involved in his or her spouse's administration simply has to submit himself to questioning.

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