Politics and child’s play

For a long time, it’s been a sort of amusing sideblow of politics: to see the children of our leaders act — well, like kids — and embarass their parents.

But nowadays, with the advent of the internet and the resulting shrinking of the news cycle and the whole world, it’s now being done at the speed of light.

Al Gore’s son gets busted for speeding and drunk driving. No big deal, really. Kids do dumb things. It’s part of the definition of being a kid.

But in Massachusetts, a couple of youngsters have brought “embarassing Daddy” into cyberspace.

State treasurer Tim Cahill has, among his duties, the oversight of the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. Among their responsibilities is the prevention of underage drinking.

The kind of drinking that Cahill’s 19-year-old daughter boasted about on her MySpace page — until it was noticed.

And last week, former Republican-turned-Independent and gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos was unpleasantly surprised to learn his daughter had a Facebook page — and in that, had pictures of her and her mother celebrating her younger brother’s 21st birthday, toasting the young man with adult beverages.

Cahill’s comment on the matter was to say he had chosen not to read his daughter’s page, seeing it as an extension of a physical diary and therefore private. Unfortunately, she didn’t feel the same way, and so he was quite possibly the last person in the world to know what she was saying there.

Obviously this is nothing worth bludgeoning Cahill or Mihos over. But it should serve as a damned good wake-up call to parents that respecting your child’s privacy may be a laudable goal, deliberately blinding yourself from their own all-too-public proclamations is just begging for problems.

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  1. kbiel August 22, 2006
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