I've been very influenced by the posts of Stellaa and Redstocking Grandma and others, urging people to stay focused on Sarah Palin's retrograde stance on the issues, not on her decisions as a mother. Occasionally I slip, but on balance, I think that's the right approach.
But I found myself appalled by Cindy McCain last night, and the way she used her adopted daughter Bridget as a prop to prove what a great humanitarian she is. I'm not saying the McCains should try to hide that Bridget was adopted; after the disgusting way the Bush campaign spread rumors in 2000 that the dark-skinned child was McCain's out-of-wedlock daughter with a black mistress, they couldn't if they wanted to. But Thursday night's entire tableau of tributes to St. Cindy made my skin crawl. First, in the syrupy Cindy video, St. Cindy with Mother Teresa, St. Cindy narrating the travails of this orphan with a cleft palate she tried to help, and then adopted; later, during Cindy's speech, her again calling out Bridget and pointing to her in the crowd...I don't know, I thought it was awful.
What did others think?