Oy: Palin’s daughter is pregnant; Update: Althouse on Palin vs. Edwards; Update: Obama tells media to lay off Palin’s daughter; Update: Media knew

posted at 12:23 pm on September 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Supposedly McCain knew. Did he?

The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain…

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter’s pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way

McCain officials said the news of the daughter’s pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called “mud-slinging and lies” circulating on liberal blog sites.

And here’s the statement, via Team McCain, from Palin and her husband:

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

“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 to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

Gathering my thoughts. Stand by for updates.

Update: It shouldn’t hurt Palin but it will, because like I said in my pessimism post on Friday, any sort of embarrassment that she brings to the campaign will be used by the media to push the Dan Quayle/disastrous gamble meme, whether or not the embarrassment’s her own fault or not. (They’ll spin it as a comment on McCain’s “judgment” in picking her.) The left, normally all for teen sex, will naturally use it as an excuse to call her daughter a whore in the guise of criticizing Palin herself for her position on abstinence-only education, which is why I’m thinking maybe McCain really did know about it: Per KP’s analysis, the nastier and more personal the left gets, the greater the risk of a backlash that benefits Palin.

Belated exit question: Anyone find it amazingly coincidental that Daily Kos went after Palin’s own pregnancy right out of the chute on Friday, with no apparent evidence whatsoever, and now we find out that her daughter’s actually pregnant? I usually scoff at the idea of party researchers planting memes with bloggers, especially since the nutroots is so paranoid about that happening on the right, but that’s a simply remarkable stoke of good luck on their part, no?

Update: A second belated exit question: Did they really release this to quash nutroots rumors, which were already pretty well quashed this morning, or because between Gustav and the convention it’s the perfect time to bury it?

Update: Between CNN wondering why the mother of a special needs baby would head off on the campaign trail and Alan Colmes rolling around in the sewer, the left’s been itching since the announcement on Friday to paint her as an unfit mother. Expect a lot of very solemn tut-tutting about how selfish Palin is to have accepted the nomination knowing it’ll only throw a spotlight on her poor daughter, even as they themselves ratchet that spotlight up to nuclear-flash brightness.

Update: Since the dirty laundry’s all coming out today, sources close to Palin tell David Brody that Palin’s husband was arrested for DUI 22 years ago.

Update: A commenter suggests a title for when they make a movie of this saga: “Juneau.”

Update: KP was ahead of the game:

A McCain campaign official tells ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that McCain knew of Bristol’s pregnancy and “didn’t believe Governor Palin should be disqualified” from the vice presidency because of it. “If Democrats try to attack, it will backfire spectacularly,” the official said.

Update: The more I think about it, the more I think McCain probably did know. The timing is simply perfect to release the news: You wouldn’t want to do it on Friday, lord knows, when she’s getting her intro to the country, and you wouldn’t want to do it later in the campaign when it’s closer to Election Day or even later this week when it’d distract from her convention speech. Now’s the time to do it, when it’ll be no higher than the third-most important story of the day.

If I’m right, then the nutroots’s smears about Palin’s own pregnancy gave McCain an amazingly fortuitous pretext here. Now he gets to play the victim — “we had to do it to stop those dastardly left-wing bloggers from hurting the family” — instead of just someone making an embarrassing admission.

Update: Jonathan Martin says social cons won’t be happy about the news. True, but they won’t be particularly upset about it either. The left will push this hard thinking that it’s some kind of dealbreaker for the Christian right, but to believe that you’d have to fundamentally misunderstand where the Christian right’s main emphasis lies. Says Goldstein:

Many on the left will believe, quite mistakenly, that such an announcement is likely to weaken Palin’s support among “the hard-right conservative base”. But in fact, it will do no such thing — first, because the “hard-right conservative base” that liberal Democrats consistently invoke is largely a caricature that lives only in their minds and as a convenient trope in their rhetoric, from whence it can be trotted out as a foil and a boogeyman on cue; and second, because those energized over the choice of Palin include many disaffected libertarians and classical liberals who were, until the announcement of the Governor’s candidacy, set to either sit the election out, or else cast a protest vote for Bob Barr.

Update: And as if right on cue to prove my last point, here’s David Brody of CBN explaining why this won’t hurt Palin with the base.

I’m sure lots of people will take their shots at the pro-life Christian woman but hold on a moment. If you think Evangelicals are going to ditch her for this, you’re totally misreading the situation. As a matter of fact, they are ready to fire back at any potential critics…

Look, this development will actually be positive for the most part with Evangelicals. First they hear that Sarah Palin chooses the life option even though she had a Downs Syndrome baby and once again the family (and Bristol) has chosen the life option in this recent case. That’s a double “ca-ching”. Let’s call this the Evangelical daily double. If anything, this whole situation will probably make more people around the country relate to her and her family. It makes them more real. Will there by some turned off by the whole pre-marital sex thing? Of course but this type of story doesn’t sink her at all with Evangelicals.

Update: The boss notes the contrast with Obama’s notorious “punished with a baby” comment, something else that’ll make it hard for him to capitalize on this with Christians.

Update: Every post Althouse has written about Palin is worth reading, but this is especially sharp:

Oh, that looks like a meme. Sarah Palin must stay home with her special needs baby. Sarah Palin must stay home with her about-to-be-married, pregnant daughter. Ladies: Put your career on hold until everything in you’re family stops happening… Would a man forgo his career to be there for a family member who is experiencing an important life transition?

Remember when John Edwards decided to go on with his campaign after his wife got a diagnosis of inoperable cancer? Now, I think Elizabeth Edwards was probably excited about the campaign and wanted to go on with it. In that light, why are you assuming that Bristol Palin isn’t excited about her mother’s campaign? Unlike Elizabeth Edwards, Bristol is not facing her last days. She’s just starting out — all caught up in life. Presumably, she intense and positive about her pro-life beliefs, her love for the baby’s father, her impending wedding, and the new baby on the way.

Update: Needless to say, for a variety of reasons you won’t be hearing anything about this from Team Barry. But in case any more reason was needed, people are e-mailing to remind me that The One’s mother was also a teenager when she gave birth to him and married his father just six months before he was born. That won’t stop the left from attacking, of course — remember, the ostensible sin here is hypocrisy, not teen motherhood, even though the point clearly enough is to try to shame Palin with her daughter’s morals.

Update: And here’s NBC pushing the abstinence-only angle.

Update: For once, Dobson sounds the right note:

“In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have.

“The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a ‘hypocrite,’ but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans.”

Update: Like I’ve been telling you all along, The One may be many things, but he’s no dummy. Consider this the equivalent of McCain’s “congratulations” ad last week: Classy, and also shrewd.

Mr. Obama, campaigning here, also noted that his own mother was 18 when she gave birth to him.

“People’s families are off limits,” he said. “People’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. ”

“I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories,” he added. “That shouldn’t be a topic in our politics.”

He vehemently pushed back against an unnamed McCain aide suggesting his campaign had any ties to the blogs that were spreading rumors before the news broke, saying he was “offended” by that and if any of his staff was involved in spreading the issue, “they’d be fired.”

Update: Your must-read of the day: Time reporter Nathan Thornburgh on how he’d already heard all about the pregnancy from people in Wasilla and how they — and he — agreed that it was nobody’s business but the Palins’.

All weekend they had the decency not to pretend that they didn’t know the governor’s eldest daughter was pregnant. But they also expected decency in return, that I wouldn’t be the kind of person to make sport out of a young girl’s slip…

As for the idea — sure to be floated—that the avowedly anti-abortion Palin may have pressured her poor daughter to ruin her life by carrying an unwanted baby to term, I wouldn’t bet on it. The Palin family seems to share the same pro-life values going back at least as far back as anyone here can remember, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Bristol wore those values, however imperfectly, as her own. At least, that’s what the town thinks. And Wasilla, above all, is pretty sensible.

Update: Lee Stranahan does the math for Trig Truthers: “Some people are still holding onto the fake pregnancy rumor. Let’s just do some math. Trig was on April 18, 2008 – about four months and a week ago. Bristol is said to be five months pregnant. Now, if you want to pretend that the five month date is a total lie then you’d also have to believe that the 17 year old had a Down’s Syndrome baby then turned right around and got pregnant again presumably because the first premature birth was so freakin’ awesome!”


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I love the Mobys showing up masquerading as pious upstanding conservatives, shaking their finger and passing judgment.

Seriously, no one here is buying it. You are masquerading only for each other. I would bet there is no one here or anywhere else that does not have a similar situation somewhere in their own family. If its good enough for their family, then how can a person of good conscience pass judgment on another’s family?

I seem to remember Jesus saying something about Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

I have not spoken to anyone who has said something like “it happens.”

So, be off you silly buffoons – peddle your games somewhere else.

Break out the Choose Life T-shirts!

Oh, and don’t forget to tune in to Sarah’s speech on Wednesday. I predict a standing ovation before she even utters a word.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Thanks for your last three posts.

Loxodonta on September 1, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Americans seem increasingly willing to absolve parents of any and all responsibility for their children and more and more inclined to think that society as a whole should, without criticism or complaint, absorb the social and financial costs of children run amuck. The village, it seems, is almost upon us.

I agree with you in principal, but you can’t lock your kids in a closet, no matter how hard you try, they are their own people and make their own choices. And it is pretty hard for parents to control everything – kids go to school, and then they become defined by a peer group, and for pete’s sake, they can’t even go to the grocery store without seeing Jamie Lynn Spears teen pregnancy being celebrated on the cover of a magazine. You do the best you can. It’s not the village that is upon us, it is the jungle.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:24 PM

A child is a blessing only if the parents use their home to raise and train their sons to be godly Men and daughters to be godly Women. Otherwise, they grow up to be little hellions, to the dismay and bafflement of many. As for me, as a warrior, I don’t want a quiver of crooked arrows.

How very charitable of you. I’m sure your holier than thou perfect sin free life and offspring are a wonderful and shining example to all who are lucky to be around you. Your compassion is overwhelming to behold.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:38 PM

he got pregnant again, late last year, with a baby boy who had no kidneys, among other conditions that are considered “incompatible with life”. They knew all of this in advance, and the doctors strongly advised them to go to Virginia for a late-term abortion. They refused, and my third grandson was born – and passed away – in July.

God bless them – and you, too. I’m so sorry for your loss.

How sweet they got to greet their tiny one and be with him even if it was for a brief time. He was loved.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:43 PM

alphie on September 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I might be in favor of retro-active abortion in certain cases.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Queen0fCups

thanks for the voice of reason here..

my family went through something like this..

we always went to church, prayed, and read the Bible..

My older sister, in her twenties, ended up pregnant… not because of poor upbringing.. but she made her own choice..
but I am blessed with a niece now in college :)

DaveC on September 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Queen0fCups

Thanks again for these posts, and your ability to respond rationally, or bluntly as needs be, to so much of the trolling.

And I especially appreciate your sensitivity to those who have had similar experiences as the Palins.

Please keep at it.

Loxodonta on September 1, 2008 at 10:56 PM

alphie on September 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I might be in favor of retro-active abortion in certain cases.
Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

“How very charitable of you. I’m sure your holier than thou perfect sin free life and offspring are a wonderful and shining example to all who are lucky to be around you. Your compassion is overwhelming to behold.”

Send_Me on September 1, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Hey, Send_Me, your sarcasm meter is broken.

David Block on September 1, 2008 at 11:44 PM

Only news if it can be proven Bill Clinton was in Alaska 5 months ago

JIMV on September 2, 2008 at 12:19 AM

Americans seem increasingly willing to absolve parents of any and all responsibility for their children and more and more inclined to think that society as a whole should, without criticism or complaint, absorb the social and financial costs of children run amuck. The village, it seems, is almost upon us.

Queen0fCups on September 1, 2008 at 10:24 PM
I agree with you in principal, but you can’t lock your kids in a closet, no matter how hard you try, they are their own people and make their own choices. And it is pretty hard for parents to control everything

That one word is your problem: control. While parents are looking to “Nanny 911″ for manipulation tools for how to get their kids to behave, they forget that the issue is not behavior. It’s the heart. (Proverbs 4:23) Reward and threats do not work, because the kid finally determines that the rewards for doing good and threats against doing bad aren’t enough to sway them from doing what they wish to do. How many 10-12 yr. old kids have already checked out of the home, not physically, but are mentally and spiritually gone? We need to focus on the heart and reclaim our homes, our families, the raising of our children. What does this mean? 1. Raising your own kids and not putting them in daycare for someone else to raise (if at all possible.) 2. Using your home, not relying on the school or church exclusively, to raise your kids. It’s the parents’ charge to raise them, no one else’s. It means to take charge of your childrens’ upbringing, not be a spectator. Be the authority figure in their lives. Don’t play games by counting to 10. Say it, mean it, enforce it. Also, in terms of time spent: I’m not talking “quality” time, I’m talking “quantity” time. 3. Using the Bible as the focus. Does this mean they will automatically follow the Gospel? Well, as one man put it, “the Gospel is powerful and attractive. It uniquely meets the needs of fallen humanity. Therefore, I [expect] that God’s Word would be the power of God to salvation for my children.” 4. Focus on the heart. Focus on the “why” of the behavior. As the title of a great book says, it’s all about “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.” For example, if Timmy takes a toy from Joey, we shouldn’t ask, “well, who had it first?” We should ask, “what do you care about more: the toy or your brother?” If they are bullied at school, don’t tell them to just ignore the bully, but tell them to bless the bully. (Unless, of course, if life, limb or eyesight is threatened.)

kids go to school, and then they become defined by a peer group

If you allow other children to have more authority and influence over your child’s morality, relationship with God and yourselves, then you really need to read the above-mentioned book.

and for pete’s sake, they can’t even go to the grocery store without seeing Jamie Lynn Spears teen pregnancy being celebrated on the cover of a magazine.

Talk with your kids, explain to them that God doesn’t like that behavior, hence neither should they. (Interesting little benefit of following God’s word: they can avoid so much self-inflicted unpleasantness, but that’s a sidenote.) Establish God, and yourselves as parents, not supermarket tabloids, as the authority in the family for morality.

You do the best you can.

Are we though?

It’s not the village that is upon us, it is the jungle.

Step up. Quit the pity party, people. Parenting is hard, no doubt, but we’re better than this. If you don’t know how to parent, ask someone who does, read the above book, or read the Bible, which has plenty of advice on the topic. Quit deluding yourselves into thinking the fight’s over. I implore you, if nothing else, listen to either one or both of these sermons by Voddie Baucham. He’s opened my eyes immensely. I’m not here to be a jerk, really, I am not. I’m just trying to speak the truth according to the Bible as I know it. If I am wrong, I will be judged for it.

Send_Me on September 2, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Update: The more I think about it, the more I think McCain probably did know.

Allahpundit

Agreed. No way could Palin even enter a vetting process without throwing this out immediately, right? Especially knowing the intense pressure that was going to be visited upon her daughter and this kid Levi.

Talk about having your worst nightmare come true – you get pregnant, and four months later your pro-life, pro-abstinence Mom the Governor accepts an offer to run for VP. As AP might say – Good Lord.

Jaibones on September 2, 2008 at 3:13 AM

OMG!!! We now have an example of a teen from Alaska who got pregnant!! Clearly this changes everything and proves that abstinence only teaching is a failure!!

twoarmman on September 2, 2008 at 6:21 AM

This whole hullaballoo is absolutely stupid. My youngest daughter became pregnant before she was married . . . she then married the father and gave birth to a son that is now a 27 year old successful man. And yes, she and her husband are still happily married. In my younger years, had anyone said anything derogatory about my daughter, I would have dropped them where they stood. Only these left wing lemmings and their enablers in the brain dead media could act so stupidly.

rplat on September 2, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Good for Obama.
What he said is right on.

bridgetown on September 2, 2008 at 9:26 AM

It’s good that Obama said that, I can’t help but wonder if it relates to concerns about his quote that in a similar situation he wouldn’t his daughter “punished with a baby.” It’s not going to hurt amongst social conservatives, when Obama made the contrast clear long before he expected it to become.

Fred Thompson is speaking tonight instead of Rudy, I wonder if he’ll talk about being a father at 17.

amazingmets on September 2, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Update: For once, Dobson sounds the right note: – AP

Must be the first time AP heard Dobson.

kirkill on September 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

It’s not a big deal, even in social con families children go off the ranch sometimes. It’s not acceptable behavior, but whats done is done, and you make the best of it. Pres. Bush had some similar problems if you remember.

When Pres. Bush first took office most of normal America identified and empathized when his daughters got caught doing some underage drinking. I think it cast him as more human, and gave most people, that had raised teenagers, a chuckle. Which is not the reaction the MSM was going for, and so that line was quickly dropped. I think you will see a similar reaction here.

DFCtomm on September 2, 2008 at 7:19 PM

I couldn’t write yesterday as I was too upset. I know this won’t be a popular sentiment here, but as a Christian I am disappointed. As Christians we are not perfect, but we have ideals and pregnancies outside of marriage will always disappoint and sadden me. I cannot understand why Bristol Palin is five months along and still not married considering that she wants to be. The young couple has had all of summer break to do so. It should have been taken care of sooner for all concerned (especially the unborn child) including the fact that it wouldn’t feel like there was a cover-up in the beginning. Voters could have then accepted Gov. Palin with their eyes wide open in such a case. In fact had the marriage already taken place, there wouldn’t BE anything to discuss.

I feel that I have been blindsided and if everyone had been up front about this (i.e. a marriage), I would have still supported Palin knowing that there was no shock to come. Now, I feel a bit used that the news came out only after everyone was thrilled, donated millions of dollars, and the news could get buried by the hurricane and the first day of convention.

This is supposed to be a happy time. McCain chose a conservative instead of a Lieberman or a Ridge, it’s the convention which is our once-every-four-years celebration, and all my favorite Republicans are getting airtime. Instead, all of my favorite Republicans are out having to defend Gov. Palin. I’m not even looking forward to my Fred! as much now as I had been because all he’s going to talk about is this. This shouldn’t have been handled this way, there should be nothing to defend because the couple either should already be married or the Palins/McCain let the public know sooner. In which case this whole thing would get very little airtime because there would be no scandal.

I’m sure I’ll be told that at least she’s not killing the baby, well, in my opinion that’s a given. I am not so back-slidden that the very fact that one isn’t killing one’s baby is enough to totally ignore the fact that there was premarital sex and as yet, no marriage.

I feel Allah’s pessimism and am glad that I’m not alone. I do feel like there’s more bad news to come because now I have had my trust broken. Call me naive, but that is how I feel. I would feel much differently if I didn’t feel so lied to. I’m sure I’ll come around, and hopefully Palin’s speech goes a long way to accomplishing that, but I cannnot as a Christian act like this behaviour is completely acceptable. I expect more from my fellow Christians, first I expect that there will be self-control from premarital sex, but in the event of a pregnancy, I expect a quick wedding as well as some shame, not parading around on the national stage while the mother gets the VP position. Yes, this is judgmental, and I don’t know that there wasn’t shame in the beginning, but imo, Bristol Palin should have stayed home.

I’m not looking forward to the flaming that this post will receive, but there it is.

-In sadness, Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 2, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Asians girl,

You shouldn’t feel ashamed of your convictions, and nobody should flame you because you have them. Sex out of wedlock happens even in simpler times when the social consequences were severe, it happened. The test now, as it was then, is how it was dealt with, and so far they are dealing with it in an acceptable conservative fashion.

DFCtomm on September 2, 2008 at 8:53 PM

DFCtomm, thanks. The thing is though, I don’t feel that this has been handled in a conservative fashion, or at least not as conservatively as should be. Bristol should already be married and this wouldn’t feel like a blind-side.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 2, 2008 at 9:26 PM

DFCtomm, thanks. The thing is though, I don’t feel that this has been handled in a conservative fashion, or at least not as conservatively as should be. Bristol should already be married and this wouldn’t feel like a blind-side.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 2, 2008 at 9:26 PM

I don’t know why you feel blindsided, unless you are a member of the Palin’s immediate family. This is a family matter, not a political one. The family’s first concern was Bristol and her unborn child. I don’t know what your conservative playbook says, but my Christian heart tells me that mother and child come first.

As for the marriage, they may have waited until farther along in the pregnancy to sure everything was a go. (My children were planned and wanted, and we did not go forward with names, nursery, and baby clothes until the third trimester).

It could also be that the young couple is receiving pre-marital counseling through their pastor, and are busy making all the preparations to get their lives back in order before getting married.

The best we can do is offer our prayers and understanding.
Please find it in your heart to have compassion for a young girl who made one mistake and embraces it as a blessing.

Laura in Maryland on September 2, 2008 at 10:54 PM

OMG!!! We now have an example of a teen from Alaska who got pregnant!! Clearly this changes everything and proves that abstinence only teaching is a failure!!

twoarmman on September 2, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Actually, Sarah pressed to have birth control taught in the schools. You are just regurgitating information fed to you without any research of your own.

Your entire argument is fallacious, as condoms are ubiquitous in our culture; falsely promoted as “Safe sex” when we know that is not true. Birth control can fail, abstinence never does.

Aside from the physical dangers of teens engaging in sex, it opens them up to emotional pain that they would not be experiencing otherwise. They are not emotionally mature enough for the complexity that sex brings to a relationship.

Queen0fCups on September 2, 2008 at 11:49 PM

Aslans Girl on September 2, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I understand your trepidation and disappointment – I can certainly identify with it. However, life doesn’t always go the way we want, or the way we planned. What matters is not dwelling on what could have been, or regretting mistakes. We face the challenges we are given head on. We don’t skulk away in shame. We own up to our mistakes and make the best of them.

I wish that things had not come down the way it did. I wish that my image of her had not been tarnished. I wish she was perfect. But, she’s not, she’s human, like me. And Bristol is human, like girls in my own family. How can I not embrace them? How can I define them by their failings when they obviously so much more than that?

If Bristol had wanted to stay home, and not partake in her mother’s success, I’m sure that option was open to her – it would certainly have been less risky for her. But she didn’t. Do you think that Bristol would be better served by having her mother lose this opportunity? How do you think she would feel knowing her mother passed this opportunity up to serve her country because of something she had done?

As for announcing the news, when do you think it would have been more appropriate? Do you think that Sarah embarked on this without the approval and support of her family? I’m sure that soon we will hear from Bristol. I would be willing to bet she is immensely proud of her mother and feels her mother has much to offer the country and would be mortified if her mother turned this down in order to be with her.

Queen0fCups on September 3, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Really though, this should be a none stroy. Anyone really care?

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Na, just us conservatives.

2Brave2Bscared on September 3, 2008 at 3:23 PM

I seem to remember Jesus saying something about Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

I also remember Jesus speaking out against adultery, and giving commandments to reserve sex for marriage.

But I’m sure you don’t really care about what Jesus or the Bible says.

2Brave2Bscared on September 3, 2008 at 3:26 PM

This is a family matter, not a political one.

Sarah Palin made it a political matter when she accepted McCain’s VP offer.

2Brave2Bscared on September 3, 2008 at 3:33 PM

2Brave2Bscared, don’t know if you’ll see this since this post has been taken off the front page, but so far, love what I see at your blog.

I, too, am concerned with what I’m seeing from Republicans, conservatives, Christians, and Christian leaders. Our society has so far backslidden that when an unwed pregnant woman doesn’t decide to kill her baby, we must bow down and ignore the fornication part. If the Palins didn’t proclaim how Christian they are, I wouldn’t have expected better. But, Christians are supposed to know better and therefore I expect more. Like a marriage as soon as it was discovered there was a baby on the way. I don’t think that’s asking too much of a VP candidate.

Aslans Girl on September 3, 2008 at 8:33 PM

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