Palin should beware of exploiting Trig

Given that Palin obviously made an excuse for Limbaugh, whose stab at humor was nothing resembling satire, means that her “teachable moment” via Emanuel was really using her child as a political tool.

Celebrities who embrace causes are valuable players in raising awareness and advancing policy. That said, the degree to which one uses another’s circumstances to achieve those ends requires a studious self-awareness that seems lacking in the equation of Trig and his mother.

Perhaps the erstwhile governor still thinks in first-person plural, viewing Trig as part of herself. But he is also a separate individual deserving of privacy, if unable to say the words she needs to hear: “No more, Mama, please.”