A Not-So-Swift Choice

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The RNC has just announced this news conference:

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – Top Republican women and supporters for the presidential campaign of John McCain will hold a press conference to highlight Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) executive experience.

WHAT: Press Briefing

WHO: Former Gov. Jane Swift (R-MA)

Carly Fiorina, Chairman, RNC Victory 2008

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Rosario Marin, Former U.S. Treasurer

Nancy Pfotenhauer, McCain 08’ Policy Advisor
Renee Amore, Pennsylvania Republican Party Deputy Chairman

Jane Swift is an interesting choice as a headliner of a news conference on executive experience, given this from the NYT article yesterday on how Palin’s pick has reignited the “Mommy Wars”:

Ms. Leive cited the cautionary tale of Jane Swift, a Republican who gave birth to twin girls in 2001 while acting governor of Massachusetts and then, her popularity ratings low in part because of her prior use of aides as baby sitters, dropped out of the 2002 primary race for election in her own right. Later she attributed her struggles to the difficulties of balancing work and family.

“I know now that it was virtually impossible for me to take advice and make decisions when I was responding emotionally as a mother, not thinking rationally as a public official,” she wrote in an essay in Boston magazine.