There have been, since news of Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy, comments regarding such an event happening at all, given the political and religious leanings of the hot governor. Alan Colmes mentioned it to Dick Morris just the other night. The crux of the biscuit is that because one speaks on social issues from a particular perspective, that one must never fall short of the ideals of that perspective and should that one falter, the faltering proves the worthlessness of that perspective. The problem is, of course, that one never spoke of one’s own ability to inhabit perfection, but only that the perspective presented represents a higher ideal from which we would all benefit should everyone adhere. Indeed, another risk of faltering is to then be labelled a hypocrite for engaging in behavior said to be taboo.

Neither of these is accurate of course. We on the right are every bit as subject to temptation as anyone else. It’s just that we don’t pretend our shortcomings give us justification to redefine right and wrong as they have been traditionally understood. We don’t pretend there is anything so drastically different about the human condition in this day and age that does so either.

And we don’t claim perfection. At best, we only hope to emulate perfection as closely as humanly possible, knowing full well that perfection is unattainable and that as human beings we fall woefully short.

None of which has anything to do with proclaiming messages regarding family values and the like. Those messages are sound and the consequences of adherence or ignorance are obvious for all honest people to see. That won’t change no matter how many people there are who believe that they can “change the rules”.

And what of hypocrisy? That’s the easy part. If one preaches “do good” without any intention of doing so himself, that’s hypocrisy. If one preaches “do good” and intends himself to live the message but at some point succumbs to temptation, that is human failing. Far more than the former is the latter likely to feel shame as a result for the latter still believes in the message and knows of its truth, a truth rejected by the former.

Palin has been victimized in this typical manner. It’s a minor thing when taking into account her entire experience since accepting McCain’s invitation. It is a ploy and a very weak one, but one that annoys me with its transparency whenever it’s played.