It's amazing to see what type of buzz and energy the vice presidential nod of Sarah Palin has given the McCain campaign. Today I heard the most recent poll had McCain in the lead over Obama.
I still maintain that the Palin family's life is the material of TLC-style reality TV. But the one thing that has surprised me is that I haven't heard more people talk about Todd Palin.
Obviously the McCain/Palin campaign has praised Todd as an average, hard-working Alaskan guy who works in the fishing and oil industry and is also one amazing snowmobile racer.
And ever since Palin has received the nomination there has been talk of her role as a mother, especially with young children, one with special needs, and a pregnant 17 year old daughter.
Yet...what I haven't heard is talk about Todd Palin. Maybe I've missed it, but who's talking about his role as a father? When liberals, conservatives, evangelicals, and everything in between criticize Sarah's busy life do they ask whether or not Todd will be able to be involved in the life of her children? Do people ask what role Todd will play if Sarah is the next vice president of the United States?
One of the things I really enjoyed about putting together that Dads In Media blog-a-thon this past summer was finding all these different dads who were passionate about the fatherhood experience, with a deep passion to be involved in the life of there children. Especially as more families have two working parents (or occasionally working mothers and stay at home dads) the role and opportunity of father hood has really opened up.
While both campaigns have stated a "truce on families" in this election, both campaigns have used their families to connect with people, and create a personality and identity in their campaign.
If Sarah Palin is the next vice president, I look forward to learning more about Todd Palin, and his role, and will be interested to see how that is perceived in the public spotlight.
If I had one question for Todd Palin, I would ask...If the McCain/Palin ticket wins in this upcoming Presidential Election, what would you hope to accomplish over the next four years, politically and within your own family?
What question would you ask Todd?