Monday, September 01, 2008

Pregnant Pause in the Palin Story

From CNN: "Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of Sarah Palin, is pregnant and will keep the baby and marry the father, a senior McCain aide confirmed to CNN Monday.

"McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, the aide said."

So now a teenager's reproductive melodrama enters the presidential campaign, and the sounds of sanctimony on both sides will reach decibel level. A statement by the Palin family, exalted by the McCain campaign for family values, reads:

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

This new development will sorely test that "tradition," most recently reflected in the MSNBC suspension of correspondent David Shuster for musing on air about the Clinton campaign, "Doesn't it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"

The Sexual Spin Machines will be working overtime in the Twin Cities, much to the chagrin of those on both sides who believe that private behavior, particularly of minors, is no business of the public's, regardless of who profits politically from it.


Anonymous said...

The kids are not fair game.

But I can see Sarah withdrawing her name from the nomination because of the strain of family problems; with her children and grandchild.

As the Swiftboaters demonstrated, and as my dear old dad often reminded me,"Nobody said it would be fair."

I wonder if John McCain thinks that Janet Reno is the father....

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