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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Not much to do in small towns other than bump uglies.

misterpeasea on September 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Gathering my thoughts.

Heh. You mean ‘pouring a drink,’ don’t you?

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM

And this will put to rest that Governor Palin faked her pregnancy to protect her when she was 16. Now the Libs look stupid.

carbon_footprint on September 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

That unconditional love thingie, her mom spoke of…that’s powerful.

coldwarrior on September 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

They should have had this out on day one. No one would have cared then. Now the lfts just going to say I told you so.

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

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

uh still doesn’t atone for the vicious attacks against the daughter. But the actions of her daughter do not speak to the readiness to lead of Sarah Palin. And any attacks against a pregnant teen by leftist is plain hypocrisy considering how they’ve felt in the past about it.

theguardianii on September 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Keep firing donks.

The baby will be fine and decent women will respect the family for closing ranks to raise the baby.

This will not hurt Palin at all.

sven10077 on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Is this really an issue?

Defector01 on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Good news for you Allah.. keep pessimism alive !!!

redrock on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Well, at least her belly isn’t from an overeating disorder.

RBMN on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Palin’s daughter is pregnant

Umm… and?

JasonG on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Mainstream media shouldn;t even cover this.

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

This will endear the Palins even more to the America that matters.

carbon_footprint on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

The picture of the daughter left hand looks like there is a ‘ring’ on the finger. I do not have one problem with this news. Congratulations and a happy long married life.
L

letget on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Somebody shoot me to put me out of my misery.

SteveMG on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

As I just said in another thread: How on earth is this a bad thing for McCain/Pailn? Really, how?

Tengripundit on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

No problem. Some people get an early start in life. Sarah might want to pass out some condoms to her son and her other daughter, though.

indythinker on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Pregnancy isn’t exactly a nuance thing is it? ;)

Spirit of 1776 on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

some social cons will care, some will suggest had Palin been at home…

jp on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Wow. Did not see that one coming!

Pasalubong on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

30 years ago this would have been a problem but this happens all across the country to many families. Who doesn’t know someone with a family member that this has happened too?

ordi on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

last time I checked, Bristol wasn’t running for office.

danarchy on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Gathering thoughts?
Too easy.
Bristol Palin is a minor child having a private moment. End.

Stephen M on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Trying to figure out if I care or not.

p0s3r on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Gee- does this mean Biden’s kids are fair game?

FiveWays on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Gathering my thoughts.

Let me guess: pessimistic.

irishspy on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

As I just said in another thread: How on earth is this a bad thing for McCain/Pailn? Really, how?

Tengripundit on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Compared to Obama’s “I don’t want my daughters to be punished with a baby,” not that bad.

Wethal on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

I don’t see the problem here. She is being honest about her daughter’s tough situation. If anything this makes the commies at the KOS look even crazier than they are.

nazo311 on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

The knock on the Christian right has always been…when they find their daughters pregnant, they quietly bring her to the abortion clinic. The Palins didn’t do that.

So now, will Obama say Bristol is being ‘punished’ with a baby?

MayBee on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

So Bristol’s keeping the baby and marrying the father. Gov. and Mr. Palin are supporting their daughter unconditionally.

Gov. Palin is doing it all: raising a family, while simultaneously advancing her career.

Umm … isn’t this, you know, the way it’s supposed to work?

Blacksheep on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Trying to figure out if I care or not.

p0s3r on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Ditto.

winewife on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

The only people this should anger would be social cons, and I don;t think they are going to flock away from Palin in any way.

This just adds to the amazing story of her family.

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Liberals and the Obots better be careful… if they attack, it will be the end of them. Not only will their attacks only work to solidify the conservative base more behind Palin (circle the wagons if you will), it will only work to finally fully expose Obama supporters and his campaign as populated by the truly intolerant of the world.

This is going to be a fascinating day watching this unfold. I don’t think the left will be able to sheath their swoards, and it will be their downfall… to our glee.

David Rasbold on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Supposedly McCain knew. Did he?

It’s likely that Sarah herself didn’t know, as Bristol may have been reluctant to say anything for fear of torpedoing her mother’s political prospects. Then, last night, perhaps, she may have had a “Um, Mom, I have to tell you something…” moment with her mother.

On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that everyone knew as soon as Bristol knew and McCain was aware of it. Let us hope this is the case, as it will mean that there was plenty of time to prepare for the inevitable backlash from the Democrats and the Drive-By media.

Either way…the ride just got a lot more interesting and is going to get way, way bumpier.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Obama thinks she is being punished with a baby.

ctmom on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

BFD. Yeah, she’s real young and all that. But it’s her choices and her life. I’d prefer that she have the baby rather than abort it. The girl actually keeping the baby instead of aborting it takes some real strength of character that I really respect.

Then again, my cousin was 16 when she got preggers with her first kid and she’s done fine.

mjk on September 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Unless, you’re the Pop-to-be, Allahpundit, why worry about it?

Blake on September 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

How come she didn’t say she was being punished with a baby? Oh, yeah…only liberals think procreation is evil.

Wyznowski on September 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

I see this as a private family matter. I pray the low life scum bag crazies will leave the poor girl alone. And McCain’s right, it does nothing to disqualify Gov. Palin. As a parent of a teenager, I have given him the moral foundations of our family and beliefs, and I’m trusting him to make the right decisions with his life (with a lot of prayers thrown in for good measure!).

ConMom on September 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

The only people this should anger would be social cons, and I don;t think they are going to flock away from Palin in any way.

Why would social cons flock away? Social cons rally to help each in situations like these. Keep the baby, family help, parents marry, that’s like Social Con 101.
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On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that everyone knew as soon as Bristol knew and McCain was aware of it.

Most likely.

Spirit of 1776 on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

This country needs more American babies. Not a problem for me.

D0WNT0WN on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

How about you gather your thoughts, then keep them to yourself, hm?

Let the left tie themselves in knots being ugly about someone’s vulnerable children. You don’t have to join in.

But I suspect you will, anyway.

bonnie_ on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

So Bristol’s keeping the baby and marrying the father. Gov. and Mr. Palin are supporting their daughter unconditionally.

Gov. Palin is doing it all: raising a family, while simultaneously advancing her career.

Umm … isn’t this, you know, the way it’s supposed to work?

Blacksheep on September 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

If Todd Palin was the VP candidate this story wouldn’t be mentioned at all. Talk about sexism by the mainstream media.

Why don;t they tal about how many times Bidens son has been aarrested?

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Mark this down-

The Left will DEFINATELY over do this.
Their response to this will be a huge weight around Camp Obama.

Doubt me?

Just sit back and watch.

FiveWays on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

We all make mistakes. It isn’t whether or not Bristol made a mistake, but how she responds to it. Keeping the kid and getting married. +1 to me.

The Palins seem just like many other American families.

rbj on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

A trap within a trap. Not enough popcorn in the whole world for this one.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

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

She’s daring them to put more feet in their mouths.

Grafted on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

The first Prog who calls Bristol any bad names should be tarred and feathered.

Stephen M on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Welcome to the reality of baby boomer candidates — casual drug use, pregnancy before marriage for mother and daughter, etc.

Like it or not, this is modern America and I expect middle America can relate to the Palin family.

Terrie on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

New Daily Kos narrative: Sarah and Karl Rove conspired to get Bristol knocked up so that she could conspicuously be pregnant and publicly not get an abortion during the campaign. Damn bible-clinging breeders!

Tengripundit on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

ordi on September 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Agreed. Thousands of families will identify with this.

Missy on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Mainstream media shouldn;t even cover this. – eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Oh, but they WILL, Eski. They will, as deeply and thoroughly as they are not covering the Rezko or Ayers scandals.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

This story is pretty typically American.

bnelson44 on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Too all you smarmy busy bodies who think it your place to add your two cents on this issue. I tell you this, if you can find time to critic, moralize, or politicize the daughter getting pregnant. He without sin cast the first prose.

Otherwise, class would entail your prayers, and a wish of Gods grace in these trying times. Anything else would be, let’s just say, pretentious on your part.

coffee260 on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

letget on September 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

That’s funny. I saw the photo the other day and thought, “Is that an engagement ring? Nah.”

Blake on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Palin has to handle this well

jp on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Not much to do in small towns other than bump uglies.


*SNORT*

Best comment, ever!

ROFLMAO!

LibertarianConservative on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

I’m a social con and believe me that this will not deter my support in any way. In fact, and I’m not sure how to describe this emotion, but I’m feeling a stronger sense of commitment to the Palins. ijust talked to a few other social con friends and we’re all in the same boat on this.

If the left attacks, well it’ll only solidify our support, which is at 100% anyway.

David Rasbold on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Dude. DUDE! It. Is. Alaska! Okay, I’ll admit, most of America won’t understand that comment, but the reality is that 17 is pretty average up there.

You have a couple of things to do. Fish, hunt, make babies. The only question anyone up there will have is when it was conceived. Most of my wife’s families birthdays are in September/October. Do the math.

Seriously, if you remember yesterday how my brother-in-law said having the permit violation on your record made you more Alaskan, he also went on to say, “The only other thing that would make her more Alaskan is if one of her daughters was pregnant.” I. Kid. You. Not.

Editor on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Supposedly McCain knew. Did he?

He may well have and chose to keep it “in the family.” Remember, he’s very private about his own children — unusually so. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn he knew of this but only agreed to release the information after the Kook Left (including Sullivan) started making those insane accusations about Palin faking her pregnancy.

irishspy on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

My goodness exactly how is this supposed to hurt. So many teens have babies before their ready that if anything this shows again that Sarah is one of us.

Cannot wait for the hypocrites to start yelling though.

PierreLegrand on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

As long as the family is comfortable/happy..it’s good news-wish the news would have come out sooner, though-gives the MSM something to squawk about…

Static21 on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Lucky guy, that Levi.

Patriot33 on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Well on the one hand it shots down the Kossacks rumor mongering story about Sarah’s 5th child but on the other hand, knowing what classy people they are on the left they will have another 48 -72 hours of gloating and despicable comments to put up with.
This doesn’t affect my support of Sarah one way or the other, since this is a personal matter and if the loony left want to try and convince me that this should disqualify her or that this is some sort behavior that denounces her moral positions, drive on guys. Have at it.
I would caution them to not do too much bashing of the teenage daughter or try to drag her name through the mud. I know that will be hard for them to do since they only think in gutter politics terms and are guided by the mantra “By any means necessary”.

Just A Grunt on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Mainstream media shouldn;t even cover this. – eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM
Oh, but they WILL, Eski. They will, as deeply and thoroughly as they are not covering the Rezko or Ayers scandals.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Or Bidens son.

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Well, one thing we can be sure among us here.

If the Left insists in attacking Palin’s daughter, we know there’s one person here who can rip her attackers to shreds – and then go for seconds: our very own Capt’n Ed!

newton on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

By gathering thoughts, you mean going wobbly…

Haunchie on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

It’s not possible for me to care any less.

V15J on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

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

Sarha Palin (to kid): You are going to marry my daughter aren’t you?

Kid: Hell no! I’m much too young and their are too many other hot babes around.

Sarha Palin: Do you see that moose in the distance?

Kid: Yes.

Sahra Palin (picking up gun and shooting moose): Are you sure that you don’t want to marry my daughter?

Kid: When’s the wedding!!!

MB4 on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

It’s likely that Sarah herself didn’t know

Absolutely no way a mother would not know her daughter is five months pregnant.

mesablue on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The leftosphere is going to attack Palin on the basis of her character. She should have given her kids lessons in XYZ whatever, blah, blah, blah. The implication of the leftosphere will be that the Palins are “white trash.” Let’s leave out the mixed ethnic heritage, as the leftosphere certainly will.

By attacking Palin’s class status, however, the leftosphere will utterly destroy their own “McCain is out of touch” argument. This helps make McCain into the gentlemanly everyman, the wise uncle who can be trusted to know what is right and do it.

Palin will need to make big deal about reducing rates of teen pregnancy. She needs to turn this into a personal mission: enact certain policies to reduce the rates. For example, reform sex education, etc…

Bristol has grown up in a hurry. That’s a big transition. Ultimately, she is making a responsible choice in getting married, having the baby, and raising it together. The Palins should be commended for passing on such family values.

indythinker on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Eh, I dont see it as a problem really politically. I do feel for the girl to have to be under the microscope like this though.

Dash on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

“Punished with a baby”?

Vizzini on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

The average American will see attacks on this as an invasion of privacy and in extremely bad taste.

Leave it to the Left to reach the tipping point quickly, and in supremely bad taste.

FiveWays on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Liberals and the Obots better be careful… if they attack, it will be the end of them. Not only will their attacks only work to solidify the conservative base more behind Palin

I agree with David on this. That she’s going to have the baby will strengthen the evangelical support. This is walking the walk stuff. And I admire McCain here. He may be taking a crazy gamble but I doubt seriously that Gov. Palin didn’t know her daughter was pregnant or failed to tell McCain about it. McCain is betting that the American people are sensible and wise and know what life is like. It isn’t the mistakes you make that matter in the end, it’s what you do about them that counts.

Bennett on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I’m glad Bristol is marrying the father, and I hope she does it soon to avoid the obnoxious “babydaddy” lingo.

Disturb the Universe on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

A trap within a trap. Not enough popcorn in the whole world for this one. – RedWinged Blackbird on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Can you elaborate? I have got to hear this.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Well, well, well. The Left kept trying to squeeze water out of the stone, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t get some lemonade out of that thing.

Seixon on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

A trap within a trap. Not enough popcorn in the whole world for this one.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

What is the trap? That the liberals will call out more blatant Godly family values hypocrisy on the right? How will this reflect poorly on them?

This is a serious question.

cjw79 on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

newton on September 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Good point.

Spirit of 1776 on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

And…I’m as social con right-winged evangelical as they come and this does not cause me any concern regarding Gov. Palin’s ability to lead in DC. Prayers going up for Bristol and Levi as they start adulthood a little early!

ConMom on September 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM


“We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.” – Sarah Palin

<blockquote>”I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” – Barack Obama

Which quote reveals character and values?

carbon_footprint on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

So what? I don’t see the big deal.

jencab on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

How about you gather your thoughts, then keep them to yourself, hm?

Umm, you’re telling a blogger not to post his thoughts or views at his own site?

I think there’s a smarter, wiser alternative option.

SteveMG on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

I’m more worried about the whole trooper thing

eski502 on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

I don´t care. God bless the Palins. Oops, looks like he already has. Good on ´im

james hooker on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

So freaking what? My youngest daughter was also unmarried when she became pregnant. She married the father and have been happily married for the past 26 years. Come on Dems, jump right into this and start trashing the young woman and we’ll see how the country feels about that.

rplat on September 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Compare reactions.

Palin family: young people are getting married, having child, accepting responsibility, parents are offering unconditional love.

Obama: “punished with a baby”–from PA primary.

In a way, all the more reason mothers (at least some) may be able to identify with Palin.

My eggs are still in the basket of McCain-Palin.

BuckeyeSam on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

In an attempt to throw some red meat around, Obama recommends to Bristol that she ABORT, ABORT!

Seixon on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Not the best news from a soc-con perspective, but really – the left is going to demonize a 17 year old girl who got knocked up and is keeping the baby? Or the boyfriend who’s doing the right thing and marrying her?

omriceren on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Non story.

Who cares.

The only way it would be a story would be if Palin secured an abortion for her daughter. That would be a story, but it might endear her to the left.

RobertInAustin on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

In one sense, I have to chuckle. Many of us were wondering why McCain didn’t move to solidify the Evang base after Saddleback.

Well, I think he has wielded it together now.

Spirit of 1776 on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

It’s irrelevant… unless the dems want to go down the “if Palin had been a stay at home mom, this wouldn’t have happened” which will nicely highlight their bizarre fixation on Palin’s hair, earrings, pregnancy pounds, and female medical issues.

Go ahead, make my day.

Y-not on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

By and large this is not going to affect the election one way or the other

EXCEPT

if someone tries to attack Palin or McCain over it. If that occurs the pinhead who tries it is going to get slammed and it will rebound to the Republican’s benefit.

Some pinhead will try it. He or she write some article about how Palin was ignoring her family to pursue her political career and this proves that she’s unfit for office or something.

I nominate Alan Colmes as the most likely pinhead to fall into that trap.

PackerBronco on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Editor on September 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

I’m from a pretty small town in the Northwest and I was thinking the same thing.

winewife on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

And this does what to SP’s ability to do the job??? What the hell is wrong with people? This is a great way to show how the core values of each party differ. SP and Bristol are going to be raked over the coals by the media and lib blogs and in the end many many people, women especially, will be driven away from the messiah and plugs. They cant help themselves, they are driven by blinding hatred for all things conservative and it will be there undoing.

schlomo_tutu on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

It would have been better to come out in front of this, the Liberals have been blaring conspiracies for 48hrs about Palin and pregnancy.. Now a response involving pregnancy and the private life of the eldest daughter, its unfortunate and it will cause sensation in the media. Irrespective of statements by the campaign it doesn’t look good in the critical few hours after vetting.

Man I have some real empathy for the daughter, she is probably feeling a lot of that pressure allahpundit was talking about yesterday, poor girl.

saus on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

BTW, this will make the Palins grandparents for the first time.

indythinker on September 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

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