The author of the article, Suzanne Goldenberg, interviews "hockey moms" in Livonia, Michigan -- right around the corner from where I grew up. Here's what a couple of them has to say:
[Susan] Wejroch, who says she will vote for the Republican ticket in November, does not think that Palin's career as Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate makes McCain's running mate any less focused on her traditional role. "Even though she is involved in such a high position in her state, she makes sure she has got time for her family," says Wejroch.
"[Palin] just seems like someone you can relate to. Hillary Clinton doesn't seem like you could sit down and have a cup of coffee with her," says Vicky Rokas, a solid Republican voter who counts herself a Palin fan.
For Rokas, who has spent years shuttling three hockey-playing children to practice and out-of-state tournaments, Palin's hockey mom experience is just as valid as her professional credentials.
While I really wonder whether it is worth repeating quotes like these, I have to ask: when are we going to get past this hockey mom nonsense? Since when do we vote for Pres/Vice Pres on the basis of whether we'd like to have coffee with them? This is not a popularity contest. It's a presidential election.
Personally, I don't want a VP who is devoted to his/her family. I want a VP that's devoted to being VP. Who cares about traditional roles at this level? What are people thinking? Hm, let's have a president who can only do one thing at a time, and a VP whose credentials include taking her children to sports practice. Sorry, Republican party.... But the fact that you think I'll vote like that is insulting to my intelligence.