05 March 2011

Huckabee slams single mother Palin

Hot on the heels of stating that Barack Obama was raised in Kenya, former Arkansas governor hMike Huckabee may well have damaged his chances of securing the 2012 Republican presidential nomination after launching a blistering attack on Bristol Palin for "glamorising" single motherhood with an "out of wedlock" pregnancy.

Huckabee criticised the 20-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin saying "There aren't really a lot of single mums out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being famous just for being famous… Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorise the idea of out of children wedlock."

AAlthough Sarah Palin’s star seems to be on the wane it is believed that Huckabee’s comments about her daughter backfire on him as he tries to secure the Republican nomination.

Oh wait it was Natalie Portman he was criticising. Heven forbid he ever meets Justine Thornton (Ed Miliband’s partner – Ed Miliband is the leader of the opposition Labour Party here. They are not married and they have two children). His head might explode


Francis Hunt said...

Typical US conservative stereotypes!

Nobody "glorifies" the idea of single motherhood - but it can still happen, for all sorts of reasons. Better sex education in school, more social support (including counselling and state-supported options for pregnancy termination) would go quite a way to solving many of the problems Huckabee alludes to, though somehow I don't think these are on his agenda.

I doubt whether many 19 year old married mothers living in trailer parks throughout the US do much better than their married counterparts. In the end, a wedding certificate is only a piece of paper.

For the record, my 23 year old daughter lives alone with her four year old son. The father provides no support - and has been basically absent for over a year now (good riddance!). She's a full-time university student with mostly A grades, as well as working part-time as a journalist, building up a nice future for herself in that area. She also even manages to find time for a bit of a social life. And the kid is just fine ...

susan said...

The level of ignorance that's accepted in a certain percentage of US politicians is truly scary.

jams o donnell said...

I agree wholeheartedly Francis. Being unmarried is not a barrier to success and being married is certainly no guarantee either!

Your daughter seems to be on the path to a very good future, I hope she gets there

That's true Susan and among a lot of politiciams elsewhere sadly