Sarah Palin in the Kitchen?

Michelle Obama has been in the kitchen with Paula. The potential first lady recently filmed an episode of Paula Deen’s Food Network series, Paula’s Party, which is set to air on September 20, according to the Associated Press. (But this date may be incorrect—the Food Network site has Paula’s “Grease Is the Word Party” airing on that date, and Michelle Obama isn’t mentioned in the episode synopsis.) The AP continues: “Deen has also invited Republican John McCain’s wife, Cindy, and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to spend equal time in her kitchen.”

Now, it makes sense to invite Cindy McCain (even though she got caught stealin’ a couple of recipes from Giada and Rachael Ray). But treating Palin like one of the girls, instead of like one of the potential rulers of our country? That’s just bad manners, Paula. If Hillary Clinton had taken the Democratic VP spot, do you think she’d appreciate being aligned with the potential first ladies on a cooking show? Nuh-uh!

But even if Palin doesn’t mind the sexist implications of this invitation (bless her heart!), it still doesn’t make a lick of sense for her to take cooking lessons right now. If Palin lands the VP spot, she’ll be as busy as a stump-tailed cow in fly time, and her man’s gonna be the one fixin’ the deep-fried lasagna!

There’s one way to right this wrong: Get Todd Palin on the invite list instead of his wife (and of course invite Jill Biden, too). The only nonsexist way to have Sarah Palin on the show would be to also add Joe Biden to the list of special guests. But as much as I’d personally savor a triumphant “Cookin’ with Biden” segment, I’d like to think that our vice presidential candidates have bigger fish to fry.