Kate Plus 8 Plus Palin Equals 1 Great Camping Trip


How is this not getting more news coverage? I know, Wikileaks has compromised the “war on terror” and oil still oozes into the gulf, with a storm bearing down on it for good measure. I know, President Obama is going on The View. But for pure newsworthy entertainment value, how did the camera crews of the world manage to miss Kate Gosselin and her 8 Goss-lings going camping with Sarah Palin?

You have to figure the shoe has yet to drop on this one. With Palin about to film her new television show, and Gosselin still filming hers, this is unlikely to be that rare event in either life that goes undocumented. I’m sure we’ll have many (heavily publicized) opportunities to enjoy the elder Palins schooling the young Gosselins in the ways of Alaska. (Will Bristol and Levi offer any bonus chastity lessons? Stay tuned.) But meanwhile, we’ll just have to hypothesize the topics of Palin-Gosselin hiking chat.
Balancing working and motherhood is a little extraneous for Kate, whose work is motherhood, but balancing celebrity and parenting must be good for a couple of miles into the Alaska woods. Lipstick shades, good sunglass sources, and the importance of a rural life for keeping it real seem to be things the two women would have in common.

But outside the range of the cameras, with make-up wiped off and kids in bed, I like to imagine them sitting in front of a fire with a couple of glasses of wine (do they drink? I don’t know. Hot cider, then) and musing on the difficulties of life as a woman with a powerful personality and a masterful attitude towards life. Will they discuss politics at all? How about health care? Would Kate support the inclusion of birth control? She’s publicly opposed to abortion (perhaps obviously), as is Palin,so that won’t be an area of contention, but you’d think they could find something to debate. Not, perhaps, a great meeting of minds (ummm…) but entertaining, surely.

In my fantasy vision of this trip, there are no nannies, and Kate and Sarah’s attempts to discuss why life is so much easier without Jon and John (so much easier to make all the decisions without any pesky second-guessing!) are continually interrupted by the appearance of kids unable to sleep in unfamiliar bunk beds after a day of bear stories and wolf stalking. Sarah’s youngest daughter and the elder Gosselins girls are listening at the top of the stairs, taking notes and plotting world takeovers of their own. I don’t know that I’d really want to be part of that conversation. I doubt I could get a word in edgewise. But who wouldn’t want to be a moosehead on the wall?