Rachel Living in the Real World; The View Hags, Not So Much [UPDATED]
I am a little embarassed to admit that there was a time in my life when I watched MTV's The Real World - more out of car wreck curiosity than anything else.
Of all the cast of characters that filtered through that show during its several seasons, Rachel Campos of The Real World San Francisco was one of my favorites. For obvious reasons. Not only was she a beautiful Latina woman, but she was an unapologetic spokesman for conservatism and traditional values (not that she always lived up to them in that particular cultural milieu) to an audience of MTV viewers who weren't likely to hear those values espoused anywhere else - at least not from a generational peer.
To his credit, Patrick Archbold apparently never watched The Real World. Last night, at Creative Minority Report, Patrick proclaimed
"I have never heard of [the now-married-with-6-kids] Rachel Campos-Duffy before. Nope. Didn't even know she existed."Well, he's heard of her now and he's not likely to forget her anytime soon:
Mrs. Campos-Duffy filled in for Elizabeth Hasselbeck on the view as the token conservative. Only problem is Mrs. Campos-Duffy is no token anything.After announcing that she is having her sixth child on the show, she is asked by Whoopi Goldberg what she thinks of Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Her answer is one of the absolute best that I have seen. Witness. (From the wonderful Newsbusters)And, before I forget, congratulations to Rachel and her family on baby # 6.
More on Rachel and her wonderful family:
‘Stay Home, Stay Happy’ Wisconsin mom writes book about motherhood experience
Rachel Campos-Duffy, mother of five children under the age of 10 and an active member of Ashland, Wisconsin’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Community, just wrote what she calls a “love letter” to stay-at-home-moms. The letter is actually a book, “Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood,” which was published at the end of August by the Penguin Group.And here's the website of Rachel's husband, Sean Duffy (from The Real World Boston), who is presently the District Attorney for Ashland County, Wisconsin, and is running for U.S. Congress in 2010.
In her late-night writing and editing of the new book, Campos-Duffy took care to include “common sense and practical ideas that we all need to be reminded of,” she said in a recent interview.
“I wanted to edify women who have chosen to be at home with their families,” she said.
The world at large can often be oblivious to what transpires in a home, including the ongoing efforts of stay-at-home mothers, Campos-Duffy said.
“There’s just not a lot of validation,” she said. “But it’s never been a better time to be an at-home mom.”