The other day while I was channel surfing during my work out on the Elliptical machine at the sports center, I shifted between two news stations. One was a local station and the other was CNN. On CNN the reporter was interviewing several people to give their view of how Sarah Palin did when she publicly endorsed Trump as a presidential candidate. The panel of people who were discussing her public endorsement had determined that she made a fool of herself and were making fun of her presentation. They showed a film clip where she stumbled through the speech as if she was unprepared. They even went as far as to say she might have been drunk on camera. My first thought was one of outrage towards Ms. Palin for being so “foolish” to do such a poor national presentation.
However, when I switched to the local news where the breaking story was about how Sarah Palin’s son was arraigned that day on charges of abuse. Suddenly I was overcome with compassion for this courageous woman who was facing such a terrible personal tribulation. If I had been in her shoes, I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate enough to prepare for a national endorsement. How could a mother who loves her son present a successful image to the world when her personal life was falling apart?