I realize there are those who read this blog who are not fans of Sarah Palin. If you read any of my stuff during election season, you know I love her, but that really does not matter here. This is more about respect and decency, which should have no boundaries with regard to political leanings.
Earlier this week David Letterman made a crude joke on his show about Palin and her daughter and something that might have happened at a Yankees game they were attending.
"There was one awkward moment during the seventh inning stretch," said Letterman. "Her daughter got knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."
He also said the hardest part about the Palins' trip to New York was "keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter." Hilarious.
I really believe Letterman thought he was talking about Palin's older daughter, who is 18 or 19 and, as we all know, had a baby out of wedlock a while back. In reality the daughter at the Yankees game was Palin's 14-year-old. But does it really matter which one he might have been using as a way to get laughs?
Letterman later made an apology, only it was not really an apology, and he used it to get even more laughs. He tried to "clarify" that he was talking about the older daughter, rather than the younger one, as if that would make his remarks more acceptable.
Governor Palin was on The Today Show this morning and she was right on target in her interview with Matt Lauer, speaking with the eloquence of a governor but with the fire of a mother. She reminded Lauer that it was Barack Obama who had declared "the children are off limits," a statement with which she wholeheartedly agrees. And it should apply across the board.
When asked by Lauer if David Letterman owes her an apology, Palin said, quite succinctly, that he does not need to apologize to her. What she would like to hear, she said, is an apology to all young women who were, ultimately, mocked and degraded by his remarks and for "contributing to a culture that says it's OK to talk about statutory rape."
"It's not cool; it's not funny," she said.
And I don't think many of us would argue with that.